Meet Me Downtown: Kirsten Quam
When you meet Kirsten Quam for the first time you are likely to find her in one of two very different modes: buttoned-up professional or hair-up athlete.
The buttoned-up professional works at Fox Valley Savings Bank on 1st Street and has been in marketing there for ten years. You might also find her professional persona in other places; she is a member of Noon Optomists, serves on the City Board of Appeals, provides presentations for the community during Money Smart Week, and is part of the Board of Directors for the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership.
While others might “let their hair down” after work, Quam does exactly the opposite, sporting a ponytail to teach Zumba three times a week and to coach the Fond du Lac Girls on the Run program.
“People either know me as ‘bank-girl’ or ‘Zumba-girl’ and they don’t see how those things go together, but I find they are both places where I can listen to people. I try to hear their struggles,” said Quam. “How can I offer solutions for banking or fitness if I don’t listen to their problems?”
Quam didn’t start off thinking she would be in banking or fitness. She went to UW Green Bay for marketing and Spanish. During her time there, she took advantage of international programs, studying in Guatemala for five-weeks and in Spain for three-weeks. Upon returning to Fond du Lac, she started learning Latin dances at Shut Up and Dance!, with hopes of maintaining her Spanish language proficiency. She realized that dance was a great low-impact way of staying physically fit and also keeping in touch with her love of the Spanish and Latin-American cultures.
While her professional career started at an architectural and interior design firm, she loves being in banking. “So often people miss how much local banks help them, whether that is covering all the costs associated with debit card fraud or reducing closing costs and circulating mortgage funds within the local community,” says Quam. “I love being the one who gets to highlight all the good things the bank does in Fond du Lac.”
On the third Sunday of each month, readers will catch a glimpse of the world of the entrepreneurs of downtown Fond du Lac via the "Meet Me Downtown series.” For suggestions of a specific business owner to be featured in "Meet Me Downtown," contact the DFP at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 920-322-2006.
The Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing people, activity, business and a thriving civic life back to the heart of Fond du Lac. The DFP serves 214 properties with 284 businesses, 76 percent of which are small, locally owned and operated.