Name: Scott Rowson
Title and company/organization: Director, communications and business operations for Show Me Quality Consulting; blogger/food writer
Job description: I bounce between health care media relations, Web development, food writing and, improbably, H.R.
Years lived in Columbia/mid-Missouri: 13
Original hometown: Dad was in the Navy, so we moved every two years or so. But I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and went to the University of Missouri, so I’m a quasi-native of CoMo.
Education: B.A. in political science from MU
Community involvement: Coaching soccer and baseball, the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, Paxton-Keeley Elementary School volunteer
Professional background: Nonprofit and university media relations, press secretary for member of Congress, public information officer for Missouri Department of Social Services
A favorite recent project: Handling media outreach for a health insurance executive-turned whistleblower, a fascinating man with an important message
A Columbia businessperson I admire and why: Pepe Perez of Pepe’s food truck. Pepe is a good guy who saw a niche — mobile taco purveyor — went after it and created, arguably, the best Mexican food joint in town.
Why I’m passionate about my job: Health care is a rapidly changing world right now, and getting to help educate people about that change is gratifying.
If I weren’t doing this for a living, I would: Be playing midfield for Sporting Kansas City.
What people should know about this profession: Being a consultant means you’re never truly off the clock — doubly true if you work out of a home office. You have to establish a routine and try to segment work time and home time.
What I do for fun: Soccer, MU football, cooking with the family. Dystopian fiction.
Family: Wife, Amber, and two kids: Beckett, 9, and Ayla, 6
Favorite place in Columbia: The bar at Sycamore
Accomplishment I’m most proud of: Getting her to say “I do” 14 years ago
Most people don’t know that I: Own a tractor (John Deere 4300).