Elizabeth and Quinten Sepe, founders of Dog Park KC, discuss furry children, their plans for an indoor dog park and more in The Pitch Questionnaire
Elizabeth: Veterinary technician at Prairie Village Animal Hospital
Quinten: Senior systems analyst at Grantham University and founder of MPO Technology
Current neighborhood: Waldo
What I do: We are the founders of Dog Park KC. Our work is to create an indoor space for you and your pup with the energy of a dog park, feel of a coffee shop and atmosphere of a bar.
What’s your addiction?
Elizabeth: Improv at the Kick Comedy Theatre in Westport. You may or may not catch us there for every show on some weekends.
Quinten: Lately, it’s been driving around to Saturday-morning garage sales with the top down in my slightly rusty 2003 Mazda Miata. More consistently, you can find me consuming some good reading every day over lunch.
What’s your game?
Elizabeth: Literally? Ms. Pac-Man at Westport Coffee House. I have a pretty big winning streak against Quin right now. Figuratively? Seeing how long I can leave laundry in the basket until Quin will fold it.
Quinten: Phase 10 and an embarrassing amount of RollerCoaster Tycoon.
What’s your drink?
Elizabeth: Unsweetened iced tea, aka the only way to drink iced tea. I’m looking at you, sweet-tea drinkers. You know who you are.
Quinten: My sister does promotions for Red Bull, so I’ve become rather fond of it. Cranberry is where it’s at! On the increasingly rare occasion that you find me at the bar, my hand will contain a Boulevard Wheat or an amaretto sour … or both?
Where’s dinner? At home … because we’re cheap. Truth. Every once in a while, however, we will break our own rules. On these occasions, some of our favorite spots are Korma Sutra (must try!), 75th Street Brewery (now closed. Sad panda) and Cooper’s Hawk.
What’s on your KC postcard?
Elizabeth: The view of the city from the Liberty Memorial at night. It’s my go-to place to show off our gorgeous city to out-of-towners.
Quinten: A map highlighting all of our nationally acclaimed technical innovations and startups.
Finish these sentences: “Kansas City got it right when …”
Quinten: It opened its doors to technical innovation, saying yes to pioneering efforts in technology and communication. Google, Garmin, Cerner, Sprint and DST, just to scratch the surface. KC has made a name for itself this arena, and people are taking note.
“Kansas City screwed up when …”
Quinten: Sacrifices in historic preservation were made in favor of convenience. Part of what makes this city so strong is its creative identity influenced by its rich artistic past. We can progress without taking that for granted. Lest we forget.
“Kansas City needs …” An indoor dog park! Haha. But seriously, the KC community is very dog-positive as a whole. We just need some facilities that are conducive to our existing love of pups. As the summer heats up, we find ourselves increasingly wishing the park were already open. A/C, pups and beer. What more could you ask for?
“As a kid, I wanted to be …”
Elizabeth: A trapeze artist. But who am I kidding … I still do!
Quinten: President of the United States of America. Yeah, I was that kid.
“In five years, I’ll be …”
Elizabeth: Hopefully a mother to both furry and non-furry children and a successful business owner.
Quinten: Having a blast running Dog Park KC with my best friend. Nerding out via the KC tech scene. Traveling anywhere and everywhere.
“I always laugh at …”
Elizabeth: Definitely the dogs. Hours of entertainment bundled up into three furry packages.
Quinten: My dogs. Have you started to identify a theme here? They are indeed very special creatures. Surprised by their own farts. Scared of broccoli and wheelbarrows. Unceasingly entertaining.
“I can’t stop listening to …”
Elizabeth: The soundtrack to Waitress: A New Musical. Lyrics and composition by Sara Bareilles. It’s the closest I can get to seeing it on Broadway for now.
Quinten: Trap music? (Who put a question mark on the teleprompter?) But for real, I’m not really sure what it is as a genre or where it came from. I like to listen to it at work when I need to focus on really complex tasks.
“My dream concert lineup is …”
Elizabeth: Sara Bareilles opening for … Sara Bareilles.
Quinten: Sugarland, Death Cab for Cutie, the Postal Service, Fall Out Boy, Mayday Parade, Brad Paisley, Sara Bareilles. It’s all over the place.
“I just read …”
Elizabeth: Lot’s of movie reviews on Netflix. I’ve not yet mastered reading for pleasure; I always find my mind wandering while I’m “reading.” Maybe I haven’t found the right book.
Quinten: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. Fascinating. Awesome. Read it. The end.
What’s your hidden talent?
Elizabeth: I’m actually the dog whisperer.
Quinten: Structuring a debate out of literally anything. It’s a blessing and a curse.
What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
Elizabeth: Freddy’s fry sauce. I could slather it on almost anything.
Quinten: Betty Rae’s Ice Cream in Waldo/Brookside. Owned by an awesome local couple with a fun story. Try the strawberry cheesecake. It will challenge everything you think you know about ice cream.
My sidekick? We have three sidekicks. Kangaroo (hound mix), Joey (rottweiler/shepherd mix) and Gomez (miniature Australian shepherd/poodle mix). They are our furry PR professionals and senior R&D researchers.
Who is your hero?
Elizabeth: My mom, hands down. My one fear of being a mother is that my kids won’t find me as awesome as I see my own mother.
Quinten: My parents. Jayson and Karen Sepe are a testament of what it is to be unceasingly hardworking and compassionate human beings. They have always taught me to live by the golden rule and to let my moral compass be my guide. I owe any and all of my success to their guidance and support.
Who (or what) is your nemesis?
Elizabeth: Dog hair. No matter how much sweeping or vacuuming gets done, it’s never gone.
Quinten: My bed. I am not a morning person. As beds go, ours is a master of persuasion. It’s a daily battle for morning productivity.
My dating triumph/tragedy?
Elizabeth: Met a guy on a blind date who thought it was cool to brag about his jail time … nope!
Quinten: (*I’m not the guy in the above answer.) I met Ellie online. Our first date consisted of dinner and 10 hours of watching rented movies while sitting only a mildly awkward distance apart from each other on the couch. We moved in together a month later. Triumph!
My brush with fame:
Elizabeth: I met Axl Rose at a hotel bar in California once. We were told we couldn’t take photos.
Quinten: I had lunch with President Obama when I was in high school. It was a pretty intimate occasion with myself and four others after a community cookout for the campaign. He brought his own chicken. The POTUS is apparently a chicken guy.
My recent triumph:
Elizabeth: Getting married!
Quinten: Getting Ellie to marry me.