Snapshot Jennifer Guman
Occupation: I am a director in the account management group at cxLoyalty based in Stamford, which creates partnerships and enables unparalleled customer experience that motivates advocacy, brand community, and leads to loyalty.
Family: I grew up on Long Island in a family of five — I have two older brothers — and most of my family is still there. I currently live at Main Street with my husband, Mike, and two daughters, Emma, 10, and Maggie, 4.
Pets: We have an enormous black lab mix, Ozzy. When my husband and I went to pick out a puppy, I did ask to see the biggest, fattest puppy, but neither of us expected him to turn into a 90 lb dog who stands as tall as our kitchen counters.
How long have you lived in Newtown? I’ve been in Newtown for a little over 13 years, with ten of those being on Main Street.
What do you like to do in your free time? I am currently on the Board of Managers at the Edmond Town Hall and on the board for my daughter’s daycare, Merryhill Child Care Center. Separate from that, I am a runner at heart and friends can typically find me running with Ozzy through the Newtown streets. I’ve completed countless half marathons, a couple of sprint triathlons, and one full marathon with my husband. My husband and I also love going to music festivals/shows. One that is close to our hearts is the Newport Folk Festival. Besides it having a personal sentiment to us, having been the first music show we’d been to together and also the place we got engaged, the festival itself is filled with positive energy. We wanted to recreate this vibe here in Newtown, so we decided to put on live shows in our barn, Flagpole Barn. We originally restored our 19th Century post-and-beam barn for our wedding reception and it quickly became a space we wanted to share with our community.
Do you have a favorite book? The Art of Racing in The Rain by Garth Stein is one of my favorite books.
What is your favorite travel destination? I suppose I don’t have any one favorite travel destination. I love going to Newport. As a family, we’ve gone on many fun adventures over the last few years, and I’ve enjoyed all our travels, from Poland and Greece to California and Disney World. I did especially like our honeymoon when my husband and I hiked the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, which is where my mom is from. I look forward to bringing our girls there.
What is the best part about Newtown? There’s so much! One particular thing is Halloween on Main Street. I love how thousands of kids come to Main Street trick-or-treating, and it really brings the community together, with everyone dressing up and having a fun time.
Who has been the greatest influence in your life? My mom for sure. She is one of the strongest and hardest working women I know. Growing up, she worked full time, took college classes at night, while making sure my brothers and I got to our soccer practices or school concerts. I don’t think she missed one of my soccer games.
If you could spend the day with one person, who would you choose and why? My dad. He was my rock. He passed away about six years ago, and I miss talking to him on my daily drive home from work.
Who is your favorite musical artist? I have a wide range of music I listen to, including Langhorne Slim, The Avett Brothers, Elvis, and The Band.
Do you have a favorite TV show? I did binge watch Parenthood a couple of years ago and quickly fell in love. I think mostly because Craig T. Nelson (the dad on the show) reminds me very much of my own dad.
What is the greatest piece of advice you have ever been given? An old manager of mine would always say two things that have stuck with me over the years. After any conversation, he’d say he is going to sit and reflect on our conversation and circle back. He’d also start the day by saying, “It’s going to be a great day.”
What is something you cannot live without? Coffee and music! There is music always playing in our house — all day long! And I really need to start my day with a cup of coffee.
What is your proudest accomplishment? Giving birth.