Meet Sara Van Der Weide, Client Services Manager at Triune.
Her role at Triune: Sara is Client Services Manager at Triune.
What she loves most about Triune: “I like the open communication,” Sara says. “When we discuss ideas, it is an open format, and everyone is willing to listen. We get the best ideas that way!”
What and where she studied: Sara earned her degree in accounting and finance from Dakota State University.
How she became interested in financial services: With about nine years in the industry under her belt, Sara started her career in finance as a temp role. “I have an accounting background and was asked to fill a temporary role in finance. It caught my attention and my imagination. Now, it’s all I want to do!” She found Triune while looking for a new challenge and loves her role today.
Greatest passions, outside of finance: Sara loves family first and foremost — she’s one of nine siblings! She also enjoys travel, naming Paris and Washington, D.C. as her favorite spots. “The amount of art and history in both is amazing,” she says. And she also enjoys running, especially obstacle races like the Warrior Dash.
Oh yes â€” and shoes: She wouldn’t call it a passion, but Sara does love shoes. How many in her collection? “I don’t even count them anymore!” she smiles. Outside Triune, she works in the shoe department at Macy’s, so she can get the first look at the new styles and build her shoe collection.
Family: Sara, along with her nine siblings, grew up in Northwest Iowa on a farm. Her family still lives there, and Sara looks forward to weekends on the family farm.
Where she goes to church: Nall Avenue Baptist Church.
Favorite Kansas City restaurant: Sara has three favorites — Rye, Room 39 and Kyoto. “They have the best crab Rangoon!”
Favorite Kansas City cookie shop: Blue Chip in Leawood.
Books she loves: Sara enjoys going to book stores to wander and pick up whatever catches her eye — she especially loves used book stores, where she can find books they don’t put in the big box stores anymore. Her favorite genres are history and suspense.
TV favorites: Project Runway and Major Case.
At Triune, we’re partners in conversation. Sara’s favorite non-finance conversation topic: It depends on who she’s chatting with, but when she is with her family, Sara loves talking current events, both local and international.
Best part of her Triune job: As Client Services Manager, Sara enjoys her wide variety of responsibilities. “I do a little bit of everything every day, and I’m always working on a different project!”