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Kim Kesmetis


Business Professional Changing the World One Conversation at a Time

About Me

I remember the feeling I had when I received my first byline. It was for my high school news paper and 14 year-old Freshmen weren't supposed to get a byline. That was reserved for Juniors and Seniors. Writing in all its form is a part of who I am. I write fiction, content for websites and articles for blogs. 

I'm a Master's student at Purdue University in the Communication field with an emphasis in advertising and marketing. 

I've traveled and lived overseas in Cape Town, South Africa. The London and the midlands of England used to be my stomping grounds in less busy times. 

From a recent evaluation it was confirmed that I am an avid "gatherer of information", meaning that life learning is the number one priority in my life. I'm always looking for new experiences and new understandings. To be succinct, I love research.

You know that pesky person in the checkout line who takes time to chat to the cashier and see how their day is going? Yep, that's me. Humanity is worth a few extra minutes of my time. 

I have a world view that can be summed up this way: It costs us nothing to be inquisitive, helpful, mentors and kind. As my guiding core values, I approach the world of writing so as to present the truth in as positive light whenever possible. 

We've often heard "It's not the destination, it's the journey" and for me that has been profoundly true. In a recent conversation with a coworker, I shared the following: "As an introvert, I find it difficult to engage people in a crowd but while traveling long hours across the U.S. and then over the Atlantic to South Africa and back again, I had the most amazing conversations with fellow travelers. I let them tell me their stories and the hours would fly by. Everyone has a story that is miraculous and inspiring. You just have to let them talk and listen in earnest." 

I'm kind of a girlie girl so you'd never guess that I spent 15 years building, owning and operating a commercial contracting company for commercial and industrial business owners, local, state and federal entities. The men and women I worked with were amazing. The best part of a family I could ever hope to be a part of was their willingness to engage with me in a common goal. We worked hard and we played hard - together. 

Business consulting is my hobby. I often work with minority groups who have come to the U.S. in hopes of a better life. The thrill is when we successfully navigate the sometimes murky waters together for a resolution that helps them grow as a company. 

I'm a wife and mom of three kids; one girl and two boys. They have turned out to be amazing grown ups in spite of my blunders as their parent. I also have managed to survive two step-daughters or maybe that's the other way around. 

I grew up hiking in the Black Hills of South Dakota and have lived in several states and of course my home away from home, Cape Town, South Africa. I think it's safe to say I have a wandering nature. Tolkien said it best: "Not all who wander are lost."

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My Writing Samples

How the tragic death of a University of Utah student helped save my step-daughter.

I sat in the quiet darkened living room listening to what I call the void after my husband and step-daughter had gone to bed. You know that place where nothing exists except for silence and too often, echoes of your worst fears. I’d been watching news reports and reading news articles surrounding missing University of Utah student, Mackenzie Lueck. The story broke earlier that day outlining events surrounding her disappearance on June 17th.


Why I quit NaNoWrImo - Every year since 2010

NaNoWrImO, aka National Novel Writing Month, is for writers to craft 50 thousand words in 30 days. You write 1667 words per day and you will hit that goal. Sounds easy enough right? I sat at my desk for over an hour 7 days ago so proud that I was writing a story for the first time in a very long time. I was going to make it to that finish line if it was the last thing I did. I’d been at it for about an hour when my stomach started knotting up. You know that feeling.


I wanted to be like Hemingway

I have imagined him day-by-day at his trusty typewriter as he spun his tales and imparted his wisdom to all who would pick up his books. For Whom the Bell Tolls and the Old Man and the Sea, stamped indelible marks on my teenage mind and I’ve not been able to shake them since. Through the years I have fantasized about a long conversation over coffee and danishes in which I became one of Ernest’s most cherished friends.


Steps in a Gap Analysis

The gap analysis is an effective and simple tool that allows you to see where you are, where you want to be, and graphically illustrates the gap between the two. Sometimes referred to as a needs assessment, you use it to organize, plan and market your products. It helps you set a time line for the changes to be implemented. A gap analysis finds ways to improve your company's performance. In order to do that, you must know where you are in the moment and where you want to be.


Negotiation Techniques

Related Problems Faced During Negotiations Learn More → Do you remember the old saying, "He who speaks first loses"? Negotiating techniques in the past were primarily focused on the idea that there must be a winner and a loser. There are various negotiating techniques to be considered; win-win, playing hardball and gamesmanship. To know which of these techniques will work best for you, determine first what it is you want to accomplish.



Business Consultant and Communication Practioner

With 17 years of successful business entrepreneurial development and ownership in the industrial and commercial roofing trade, I am a Jill of all trades. I've done every from office to roof tech to CEO and Chairman of the Board. Including but not all inclusive; human resources, contract negotiations, RFP's, bids, estimating, accounting, CFO, controller, marketing, legal and customer service. On a great day you could find me out on the roof with my crews discussing safety and timelines.

Company: Canyon Business Services, Inc.

I worked there from / until now

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