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2018 40 Under 40: Kristin Carter, 34

Tax officer, Central Trust Co.

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Kristin Carter was the first of her kind at Central Trust Co. When she accepted the job in 2016, the title of tax officer was new for the company. It was “exhilarating and terrifying,” she says, and the fear of failure was real. However, two years later, she’s still going strong at the $6 billion company as a resource for more than 120 staff members in five offices.

Outside of the office, Carter is giving back to the next generation of businesspeople as chairwoman of The Network Leadership Council and board member of Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Being a part of a young professional’s success story has been very rewarding for me,” she says, “and fills my heart to know I played a small part in making their personal and professional life more fulfilling.”

What was your first job? A pig farm at 14 years old. I was just a small-town girl trying to earn money for space camp.

What was your professional aha moment? Realizing how important relationships are, especially in our community. Always take the opportunity to connect with those around you, and don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone.

What do you miss most about the 1990s? No social media, smartphones or constantly being connected. Riding bikes with friends down the street, hair scrunchies and watching “Full House.”

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Reading minds.

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