Kevin Pillsbury, 33, Duluth
What do you do? (job, community involvement)
Job: attorney at Johnson, Killen & Seiler here in Duluth.
Community involvement: I serve as a member of the board of directors for the Superior Hiking Trail Association, Age Well Arrowhead, DRCC and Goodwill Industries Vocational Enterprises, serving as board chair for Age Well, and vice chair for Goodwill. My wife and I are also members of the Ronald McDonald House Charities Upper Midwest Speakers Bureau, and volunteers for their Cooks for Kids program. I'm a graduate of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Duluth program and have served as a panel member for the Head of the Lakes United Way's Emerging Leaders Program. I've also been involved with the Volunteer Attorney Program.
How do you spend your free time?
Seems like most of it these days is spent at the baseball field, soccer field or hockey rink. I also spend a lot of time getting scored on repeatedly in knee hockey or backyard soccer, or chasing "homers" over my fence. But I love all of it. We also try to spend as much time as we can on the trails, up at the lake, hanging out with friends and family, or doing hometown-tourist type stuff.
Tell us about an influential person in your life.
You'll get a few. First, my old man. My dad, now enjoying a well-earned retirement from the State Patrol, made a career out of protecting and serving the community, and intimidating all of my friends. He was never overbearing in telling me what to do or how to act, but I learned through his example of what it means to work, be responsible, how to treat people, and how to be a father. Next, my mom. You couldn't find a better one. She's taught me the importance of lasting friendships, family relationships and humor. She's also tough as nails, making her 60s look like a normal person's 30s, and cancer after a prior bout wish it wouldn't have messed with her. Last, my son Gino. He dealt with more in his first few years than I have my whole life, and he never flinched. He's truly reshaped the way I view or deal with stress, fear, anger, etc., and provides a constant reminder that it's all a mindset, and there's always plenty to smile about.
What keeps you in the Twin Ports?
The simple answer is that it's my home. My family is here. My friends are here. I care a great amount about what's going on in the community, our schools, and in the area's progress and development. Thinking about the development that's gone on so far in my lifetime even more so makes me want to stay to see what the future holds.
There's just also something about that lake. When I've lived elsewhere, whether in the Twin Cities or out in the middle of Michigan, it always felt like something was missing. No real way to explain it, but there's some weird need to be around big water.
(The trails and breweries are also a plus.)
What words of wisdom do you live by?
Illegitimi Non Carborundum. ('Don't let the bastards grind you down'.)