Kip Peterson, communications manager for KC Water Services, discusses tap water, Old Fashioneds, the poop emoji and more in The Pitch‘s Questionnaire
Twitter handle: @KCMOwater and
Hometown: Salina, Kansas. Home of delicious
Tony’s frozen pizza!
Current neighborhood: Brookside
What I do: I lead KC Water’s communications
team. We’re obsessed with putting customers
first and telling the story of the value of water.
I’m also the voice of @KCMOwater.
What’s your addiction? The word moist. While
it’s water-inspired, it’s one of those words
that people love, hate or find incredibly uncomfortable. It elicits a reaction; that’s my
goal. Water is a resource that has been taken
for granted. I want to grab people’s attention
when it comes to water, and the word moist
has been an effective tool in that regard.
What’s your game? Golf. I recently started
playing again after a decade-long hiatus.
I quit playing because I took the game too
seriously (clubs kept running into trees).
While I’m still competitive, I have a better
appreciation for the nuances of the game,
and I enjoy the opportunity to spend time with friends outdoors, while also enjoying
a cocktail or two.
What’s your drink? Coffee in the a.m. Tap
water during the day. Bourbon in the p.m.
Where’s dinner? I love pizza; I’m not embarrassed. It’s either delivery from Minsky’s or
Waldo Pizza, takeout from Papa Murphy’s or
frozen from Tony’s.
What’s on your KC postcard? The view of
downtown Kansas City from the Liberty
Memorial. I continue to be amazed by the
gem that is the National World War I Museum.
Such a hidden treasure.
Finish these sentences: “Kansas City got
it right when …” Voters overwhelmingly
approved water and wastewater bonds,
allowing KC Water to perform vital infra-
structure improvements. KC’s old infra-
structure challenges — pipes dating to the
late 1800s — aren’t unique; every mature
city in the country is dealing with this issue.
Fortunately for KC, voters recognized the
importance of the issue, and today’s customers and future generations will benefit
as a result.
“Kansas City screwed up when …” It didn’t
build a downtown baseball stadium. While
downtown KC’s growth has been impressive,
imagine 80-plus home games in downtown
KC. What an economic-development opportunity!
“Kansas City needs …” Better public schools
and a new airport.
“As a kid, I wanted to be …” After I realized my
professional baseball ambitions had run their
course, I truly just wanted to find a profession
where I could make a positive difference. Yes,
I’m an idealist.
“In five years, I’ll be …” In my 40s. Next question, please.
“I always laugh at …” Practical jokes. There’s a
small group of us at the office who routinely
try to scare each other — jumping out from
behind a wall, sneaking up from behind, etc.
The reactions are ridiculously funny.
“I’ve been known to binge watch …” Game of
Thrones, House of Cards, Band of Brothers, and
Star Wars Episodes 4-7.
“I can’t stop listening to …” ’90s grunge music.
Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Nirvana, Pearl
Jam, Mad Season, Temple of the Dog, etc.
“My dream concert lineup is …” Led Zeppelin,
Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, the Doors and
“I just read …” The Obstacle Is the Way by
Ryan Holiday. A modern take on the ancient
Greek philosophy of Stoicism. Sounds like
a snoozer, but it’s packed with great stories
of leaders turning adversity into advantage.
For me, it’s dramatically lowered my blood
pressure by getting me to focus on the things
that I can control, and not stressing about the
things I can’t.
What’s your hidden talent? If I told you, I’d
have to kill you.
What’s your guiltiest pleasure? The Old Fashioned. Making the perfect Old Fashioned is
my personal quest, and I’m constantly soliciting ideas and advice from bartenders. I
recently started barrel-aging Old Fashioneds
The best advice I ever got: “Wherever you’re
planted, make sure you grow.”
Worst advice? “Let’s have one more drink.”
My sidekick? Bourbon and/or bacon.
What is your spirit animal? Does the poo emoji count? If so, that’s mine.
Who is your hero? My parents. They’ve been
married for 44 years, through good times and
bad. And they’re still in love, despite having
Who (or what) is your nemesis? My high-maintenance 1920s home.
What’s your greatest struggle right now? Convincing colleagues of the merits of using the
Oxford comma and inserting two spaces after
a period. I’m old-school.
My favorite toy as a child: Old-school yard
darts, otherwise known as “impaling arrows
of death.” Looking back, I’m amazed I survived the late ’70s and early ’80s.
My dating triumph/tragedy? Like my golf
game, I’ve had some highs and lows.
My brush with fame: Last year I had the opportunity to hang out with Kacie McDonnell
while she worked at our wastewater plant for
one of her “do my job” segments. She dealt
with a lot of crap that day, literally. I’m still
impressed that she didn’t vomit.
My soapbox: Drink tap water, people! Please
stop wasting your money on expensive and
unnecessary bottled water. Kansas City has
some of the highest-quality and best-tasting
tap water in the nation. Compared to bottled
water, tap water is the affordable, safe, eco-friendly and local choice. Drink local, drink
What was the last thing you had to apologize
for? KU’s football team.
Who’s sorry now? The 857,843 registered
voters who didn’t vote in the 2014 Kansas
My recent triumph: I ran my first 10K earlier
this year, the Hospital Hill run. I wouldn’t
call myself an avid runner by any means,
but I’ve found that a race looming on the
calendar is good motivation to try to stay