Business/job title: Advantagecom Networks, Inc., chief operating officer and executive of I2E2 (Internet Integration and Efficiencies Engineer)
Hometown: Walla Walla. "Although I wasn’t born here, I very much consider it home." She was born in Portland.
What brought you to Walla Walla?: "I went to college, met my husband and never moved away."
Favorite memory: "For some reason, right now because it’s summer, I remember eating my grandmother’s potato salad at a family picnic."
Current favorite song/CD: She said there are several bands she favors — Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys and Erasure. "From the good old ’80s. And if I’m in a bad mood: Depeche Mode."
Favorite movie: "Star Trek Nemesis," and "Galaxy Quest." "I’m a Sci-Fi nut. It goes with the territory: computers, geek stuff."
Favorite food: "Thai food, and I love El Sombrero so much. Thai and Mexican. I could eat tacos every day, and I’d be happy."
Favorite book: "I don’t do much reading anymore, mostly blogs.
Favorite hobby: "Anything creative — sewing, knitting, decoupage. It’s nice to have a balance. When you’re busy with an infant, it’s interesting to sew and do creative things. He’s a snuggler and loves being in my lap."
Favorite place in Walla Walla County: Rooks Park.
Most recent local purchase: "A chai latte at Merchants."
Dream vacation: "I’d love to go rockhounding somewhere with my husband. We’re definitely rockhounds. We always walk through gravel parking lots with our heads down, looking."
Worst job: "Well, it was a love-hate relationship with the job, but I have fond memories. I drove combines for my father. I am so proud that I had that job with my dad." But she also said that it was hot, dirty and often monotonous. Kinney has a great respect and admiration for the work done by farmers. "But I like my desk job."
Dream career: "I really like what I do. I can imagine designing and doing things on the side — like sewing things to sell. But that might take the joy out of it."
Person you’d most like to talk to: "It would be fun to meet my great grandparents who started the farm. I never got to meet them. If I remember correctly, they were the ones who came here from Germany. My dad still lives there."