Senior air quality engineer, Barr Engineering Co.

Tim Sperfslage is at his best when he is serving as a role model for his daughter, contributing to society, and growing every day.

Tim Sperfslage

I studied engineering at Kansas State University, but that’s only a small part of who I am. Growing up in a small town, I learned the importance of community and helping others. I have spent most of my adult life trying to pay it forward and spread kindness. In 2012, we relocated to Jefferson City, where my wife’s family is from. It was important for me to make Jefferson City feel like home, and the only way I knew how to do that was to be involved with the community. I joined Young Professionals and have formed lasting friendships, grown professionally, and contributed to various organizations over the past six years. My goal is to continue being a role model for my daughter by being the change I want to see. Actions speak louder than words, so I always want to be the person who lends a helping hand. The people of Jeff erson City have welcomed me with open arms, and I hope to make others feel as at home here as I do. Being a father, some of the biggest challenges are making this place better for the future. Many issues exist that will impact the younger generation, and some of the most relevant ones that I would like to see addressed are lack of equality, the quality of the environment, and poverty. For most of my career, I’ve worked directly on helping my clients solve their environmental challenges. Indirectly, I’ve volunteered for organizations such as the United Way, which helps other local charities to affect poverty and equality in our community. One thing I learned from watching my parents was if you see someone who needs help, help them — even if it’s not convenient at the time. We never know when we or someone we love may be in a situation where we need help too.

On Gratitude – Gratitude is the key to happiness, and the thing that matters most to me is my family. They fi ll my heart with so much joy, and I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t have their love and support.

Secret Hidden Talent – For many years I sang in different choirs and musicals I was even in the men’s glee club in college for a while.

Leaving a Legacy – I want my daughter, family, and friends to remember me as someone who did everything I could to show kindness to others and make my community a better place.

On Community – Community fosters collective action and enables individuals to make positive impacts. Within a community, people find acceptance and understanding and are valued. I have been involved with different organizations here that promote improving the quality of life for everyone in Jefferson City. Being a part of helping others is what has made me feel the most at home in the community.

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