Once upon a time, I was not a fan of the MKE. I was planning on moving to Miami Beach, living in a high-rise condo with a view of the ocean and walking around in six-inch stiletto heels whilst getting my tan on. I despised winters, I despised our height challenged "skyscrapers," and I despised that Milwaukee was not Miami.
I was delusional.
Ten years and one divorce later, I'm back to loving my fair city with gusto. I love the crossword puzzle of neighborhoods and how easy it is to hop, skip and jump my way around town. I love that I can wear my Chuck Taylors anywhere at anytime, and I love nothing more than seeing the seasons change. The fact that our skyline is perpetually skimpy? That's something I will always stick my tongue out at.
Milwaukee is my home, and I can't imagine myself anywhere but here. Neither can Kay Collins, the owner and operator of KBC Tour Company. She spends her days showing people from all corners of the globe how amazing our little slice of metropolitan truly is. Milwaukee won the tour guide lottery with Kay as she is a winning ticket with her combination of a sunny personality and contagious enthusiasm. Milwaukee is certainly well represented with KBC Tour Company as its champion.
OnMilwaukee.com: When did the "Ah-ha! I will start a tour company!" moment happen?
Kay Collins: It actually goes back to when I worked at the Greater Milwaukee CVB (now Visit Milwaukee) when a tour operator told me they were going to drop Milwaukee from their itinerary because the local guide they were using was really bad. Ouch! It took me quite a few years after that to start my business, but that comment was always stuck in my head.
OMC: Have you always lived in Milwaukee?
KC: No, I grew up in the small town of Lena, just north of Green Bay. I have a degree in hotel/restaurant management from UW-Stout and worked for Marriott Corp. in Vail, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. before I moved back to Wisconsin. I've been in Milwaukee since 1990.
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