Staff Spotlight: Karadee Dunbar

Every month we like to introduce one of our staff members so you can get to know them better. This month we spoke to Karadee, a Senior Account Manager in Personal Lines – she told us about a beautifully-timed decision to take up needlepoint, learning the basics of dogsledding with her hubby on an Alaskan cruise, and her department’s kick-butt Halloween decoration talents!

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You won the lottery! What’s your first purchase?

How big is the jackpot?  My husband and I always agreed that if we won the lottery (big if since we really don’t play) we wouldn’t tell ANYONE!  The first thing we’d do is pay off our home and any debt.  Then we’d set up secret accounts for each of our kids to pay for college or down payments on homes in their futures.  Then we’d love to anonymously pay off debts of family members, friends, or people in need.  We would be sure to set up investments for our future as well… who wouldn’t want to retire someday!?

Share one thing you love to do that you always strive to include in your daily routine.

I strive to tell my family how important they are to me every day.  I make sure to tell them that I love them and take every opportunity to tell them I’m proud of them and WHY.  I was recently reminded that if your teens don’t roll their eyes when you tell them you’re proud of them and love them… you’re not telling them enough!

What are some of your favorite hobbies or activities?

During COVID I needed something to keep me busy – we’d played all the games and I’d done all the puzzles, so I started learning needlepoint/embroidery.  I was inspired by my Grandma Eastridge, she hand embroidered all sorts of things and she made the most beautiful quilts!  I started with small necklaces and have worked up to some larger pieces; it’s relaxing and I love seeing the finished pieces, or gifting them to friends.  I’m so glad I learned when I did, because I inherited several unfinished pieces from my Grandma and I hope to make her proud by finishing each one in her memory.

Tell us about one of your most memorable experiences.

One of my most memorable experiences was on an Alaskan cruise that I was on with my husband.  One of the excursions we went on was in Juneau, Alaska; we went on a helicopter tour of the glaciers.  We landed on the top of the Mendenhall Glacier where we visited a sled dog camp and we learned how to MUSH!  Dogsledding was a lot of fun and a very unique experience.  It was fun learning about the different types of sled dogs, what their jobs are and the different commands.  Highly recommend it if you ever find yourself in Juneau, AK and are looking for something to do.

What is your favorite Biggs story?

At Biggs, we’re usually down for some friendly department vs. department competition.  The best time of year for this is Halloween!  The costumes are always incredible, the themes are lots of fun.  I work in Personal Lines and our strength is decorating, hands down.  We’ve turned our department into a full Harry Potter Experience, including talking you from platform 9 ¾  all the way to Hogwarts and Quidditch.  We had banners representing each house and our team dressed accordingly.  There are way too many details to share!

A few snapshots!

Another Halloween to remember was the year we transformed our department into “Pirates of the Columbia” – this included a pier, pirate ship, pirate feast (real snacks to share) and of course a Kraken.  Special effects included lighting and a fog machine.  There’s never a dull moment in our department and when it come to teamwork, we excel!

Is your favorite season spring, summer, winter, or fall – and why?

Fall is definitely my favorite season!  I love the way the air gets crisp and all the smells.  The colors of fall are all of my favorites too, they’re warm and cozy while still being bright and happy.  Plus the changing of the seasons to fall means extra special time with family for the holidays is just around the corner.

What was your first job?

My first job was working in a florist shop.  I started with delivering advertisements, then moved to cleaning floral deliveries and buckets.  Eventually I moved to working on the floor making corsages, boutonnieres, hand bouquets and helping customer with questions and orders.  I even went to balloon training to make arches and bouquets.  It was the best first job a high school girl could ask for; it was fun and it always smelled good!  The funny part was that my maiden name is Flowers… and I worked in a flower shop… HA.