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Faces of Nelnet: Amy Moser, Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions (KY, SC, TN, VA, AL, GA)

February 21, 2012

Amy Moser, Southern Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions (KY, SC, TN, VA, AL, GA)

Dawn Knight: Welcome to our team! So, tell me, what states will you be covering and when did you start?

Amy Moser: I am covering Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia – while sharing Alabama and Georgia with my esteemed colleague, Kristi Jones. My first day with Nelnet was spent flying to Vegas for FSA. There’s no better way to start a new job than in Vegas, Baby!

Dawn: Do you have any conferences coming up so your schools can meet you face-to-face?

Amy: Yes! SASFAA will be held February 26-29, 2012. I look forward to seeing new and familiar faces in beautiful Greensboro, NC.

Dawn: The coolest thing about your work experience is____________.

Amy: Other than the paparazzi, the opportunity to travel outside the southeast has been fascinating. When I first traveled in Illinois, I did not understand why the ladies wore such ugly shoes (harsh truth but reality). Until…I was caught in a slushy snow storm in stilettos! When traveling in Iowa and Kansas, I learned when the forecast states “a bit breezy” that means gale force winds to a southern gal. And of course, no matter where I travel (outside of the south), I now know never to order un-sweet tea in a restaurant, because in their culture, there is no other way to serve it.

Dawn: The nerdiest thing about your work experience is_____________.

Amy: See the question above….lol. Seriously, one of the many nerdy things about me is I travel with most of the luxuries of home. Honestly, I pack everything I might possibly need when traveling.  Why you may ask? Because I’m a “what if” girl, and I always want to be prepared. And yes, I was a Girl Scout.

Dawn: If a school asks why you wanted to be on the Partner Solutions team, what would you say?

Amy: Because of my boss, Jim Harris. Do I get brownie points for saying that? Honestly, I am in love with the opportunities found in higher education; opportunities that cannot be gleaned any other way! I am “first-generation college” and couldn’t have dreamed of the doors that were opened simply because of an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper. We all know it’s not the actual piece of paper but what it represents. The college diploma is simply your ticket to the ball, your license to practice. What you do with your education is up to you. College is not simply about going to class and taking exams. It’s about learning to balance life and life’s requirements; fortitude and finding the wherewithal to accomplish tasks with limited or no resources. This is why I wanted to be part of Partner Solutions. Nelnet helps families prepare, plan, and pay for it, all the while developing and offering operational products/services to serve colleges and universities.

Dawn: What did you do for New Years Eve this past year?

Amy: An annual tradition (since Y2K) is for The Mosers to host NYE in our home. Friends and family pile up for a relaxing evening of football, board games, eating & drinking (prior to New Year’s resolutions), and dancing to Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. All while the “once a year partiers” are driving through the streets of our fair city, we are snuggled by the fire knowing our friends and family are safe from all those crazies.

Dawn: What work-related phrase is over-used and drives you crazy when you hear it (mine is “over-arching”)?

Amy: For business or personal use, the phrase “I could care less” makes me crazy. Really? If you could care less, I suppose you would care less. The correct phrasing is “I couldn’t care less.” Meaning nothing in the world could make you care even a little bit. So repeat after me, “I couldn’t care less.”

Dawn: What was your very first job?

Amy: I was the Birthday Party Girl at Burger King. Each Saturday, I would dress in the very fashionable chestnut-brown, polyester Burger King uniform with hat and play party games with the kids. Unfortunately, beer pong had not yet been invented ;-P

Dawn Knight, Western Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

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