City Magazine’s Ones to Watch recognizes up-and-coming leaders who enhance local business and the community as a whole through their work and volunteerism. This year, ten people were chosen by a panel of past winners after being nominated by their peers and employers. Congratulations to these outstanding leaders.

Kaleb Little

National Biodiesel Board, senior communications manager

Why is it important to you to be involved in the community?

Being involved in the community comes from my family roots. From the time I was 7 through high school, I tried to participate in activities where I could be a part of something bigger than myself. When I moved to Jefferson City, getting involved in the community was the best way for me to get to know the city and the people in it.

Best advice from your parents?

You may not be the most naturally talented, the most experienced, or the highest performer, but effort takes no skill whatsoever. And things that you’ve earned are much more rewarding to have than things you’ve been given.

Charity of choice and why?

The Samaritan Center. Its roots as a faith-based organization that was built out of the compassion and vision of one woman is inspiring. From providing food and clothing for those in need, to legal care, tax assistance, and dental and health care, they are doing an incredible amount of good in our community.

Outside of your family, who is your role model and why?

My professional role model is my boss, colleague, and friend, Jessica Robinson. Over the first nearly seven years of my professional career, all with NBB, she has been instrumental in my growth and development as a communications professional. She leads by example with hard work, talent, and professionalism.

What is your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure is listening to all kinds of music: country, rock, hip-hop, ’90s alternative, jazz, big band, top 40, George Strait, Metallica, James Taylor, Katy Perry, Chris Stapleton, AC/DC, Snoop Dogg, Jason Boland & the Stragglers, Steve Miller Band . . . it doesn’t matter. There is an occasion for it all. It may be a rhythm, a song, an entire album, or a career, but all music has a place for me.

Community Involvement:

  • Jefferson City Rotaract
  • Artreach Auction
  • Leadership Jefferson City
  • Jefferson City START intern program
  • National Association of Farm Broadcasters Allied Industry Council