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Name: Scott Rowson

Title and company/organization: Director, communications and business operations for Show Me Quality Consulting; blogger/food writer

Age: 36

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).

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