Employee Spotlight: Angi Connolly

Angi started with Riverside in 2014 as a Proposal Development Specialist. Currently, she is the BD & Marketing Manager with a focus on proposal management and pricing, but has the mindset of being a “jack of all trades” – helping anywhere and everywhere she can. She has lived in Fort Collins since jumping the Wyoming border back in 1992 and loves it here. Angi enjoys the outdoors and appreciates the seasons that Colorado offers. Her 23-year-old son, Colton, is “adulting” in Dallas with his new fiancé, Gabrielle. He is her pride and joy, but many kiddos fill up Angi's life. She has 7 nieces, 1 nephew, a grand-nephew, a grand-niece, and her boyfriend Ko’s 2 grandsons that all live close by.

Angi and her boyfriend Ko, just days before her first day at Riverside.

Angi and her boyfriend Ko, just days before her first day at Riverside.

Colton, Angi's son, proposing to Gabrielle in Ireland in June.

Colton, Angi's son, proposing to Gabrielle in Ireland in June.

1. What three traits describe you?
I believe I am loyal, passionate, and direct (sometimes to a fault)

2. What are you most excited or passionate about in your career?
I love helping people, both internal and external customers. I take pride in getting to know who I'm working with and making our connections personal.

3. What's the weirdest job you've ever had?
I've never really had a weird job, but maybe that's because I've had so few jobs. I've only worked for 2 companies during the past 17 years and had only 2 jobs prior to that.

4. Who currently lives in your house?
I currently live alone and really miss my son, Colton, who moved to Dallas after graduating from Tabor College. To help with empty nest syndrome during his first couple of years in college, I helped The Matthews House by participating in their HOST Home Program. The HOST (Housing Opportunities Supporting Transition) Program provides temporary housing to youth and families in crisis. I opened up my home to 4 different teenagers in need. Let me tell you, that certainly increased my fondness for my own son!

5. Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I used to be a hard-core cowgirl! I rode horses, wore Ropers and Rockies, listened only to country music, and named my son after a bull-riding friend because it was a cool cowboy name. How was I to know he wouldn't be anything close to a cowboy!?

6. Tell us your most unique travel experience.
My dad and I drove 17 hours to Lewiston, ID when my son's team made it to the NAIA World Series his Sophomore year of college. We stayed in an Air-stream trailer for 6 days before making the long drive back.

7. If you could be on any TV game show, what would it be and why?
I've always had fun with and been good at word games. So, I would enjoy being on the Wheel of Fortune. In fact, some friends and I tried out for the show about 10 years ago.

8. Name a food item you wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole.
So many options here. I couldn't eat bugs, or rotten food, or anything still alive. If you have ever watched Fear Factor, then you could pretty much lump anything they had to eat into a list of things I'll never eat. 

9. Tell us your favorite joke.
And the Lord said unto John "Come forth and you will receive eternal life". John came fifth, and won a toaster.

10. What's an ability you wish you had?
The ability to relax! I am horrible at relaxing. I feel guilty if I'm not accomplishing something, planning something, or organizing something. Ko and I have a lot of local family and we spend most of our free time with them instead of relaxing. Although I wish I could relax, I think I'd be lost without all the fun activities in my life.

11. Tell us about your best live performance experience.
I saw Reba McEntire in 1992 (a million years ago) and she was incredible. She changed outfits about a dozen times and yet it never felt like she was missing. She's a great singer and an amazing performer.