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Friends and Neighbors: Echo Kizzair


April 19, 2018

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Pictured above is Echo with her three children, from left, Anissa, Ricky, Blaize and Echo.

Born in Greeley, Colo., Echo Kizzair moved to Kimball at the age of four. She attended Kimball Public Schools until her eighth grade year, at which point she began working full-time and later became an assistant manager at Total, now known as Kwik Stop, for three years. Echo then received her CNA license at the Kimball County Manor, she also attended Med Aide school there.

By the age of 17 Echo was married and still living in Kimball. She and her husband, Rick, had their oldest daughter, Anissa, then transitioned their family back to Greeley.

Once back in Colorado, Echo and Rick had their second daughter Blaize shortly followed by their son Ricky.

While being a stay-at-home mom with three little ones, Echo decided it was time to get her GED. Following that she began college at Cheeks International Cosmetology School in Colorado, graduating in 2007.

She began her career as an instructor for Cheeks until 2013. In 2015, she made the "life changing" decision to move back to Kimball.

"I don't regret coming back at all, I love this town," she said.

After moving back she went to work for IOS but was laid off along with many other employees due to the down turn in the oil industry.

She then began working as a bartender for Beer and Loathing where she still currently works today.

As a strong and independent single mom of three very busy kids, at the time ages 12, 10 and nine, she continues to do everything possible to make a life for her family.

In January of 2017 the Kimball Event Center posted a job opening for Event Center Director. She applied for the job questioning the outcome, but she was ultimately offered the position.

"The Event Center is a building Kimball cannot do without, it just needed the right people to help it succeed," she said.

For parties, meetings and celebrations of all kinds, from auctions to weddings, the Kimball Event Center has become a highly sought after venue in the Kimball area.

"The Event Center is a lot of work, but I love watching an event unfold and succeed in front of me," Echo said.

In her eyes, the vast majority of the community backs the Event Center 100 percent and wants to see it stick around, and she plans on firthuring its progress and reaching for greater things for Kimball.

"I have the best boss (Amy Sapp) and people surrounding me to help guide and back my decisions," she added.

Last Wednesday, April 11, Kizzair was offered the Chamber Coordinator position at the Kimball-Banner County Chamber of Commerce. A position she gladly accepted.

As this, too, is a part-time position, she plans to continue working to strengthen the Event Center as well.

While she continues to be full time mother of three, now ages 14, 12 and 11, Echo works three jobs, and is determined to make her family's future bright and positive.

With the help of her kids, family and her closest friends, she continues to thrive in Kimball and and just as she continues to uplift the small community, it does the same for her.


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