20 Questions With… Chad Vander Veen

Chad Vander Veen is a newcomer to Folsom; having lived here for only a year, he moved to the Sacramento area and now works for Allied Insurance. Chad graduated in 2001 with a BA in Government from the University of Redlands, in the Los Angeles area. Next time you’re perousing the boards, say hi to c_vanderveen!

1. What do you love most about Folsom? 
I love the natural beauty of Folsom and all of the abundant recreation available. The city’s history is also a draw for me.

2. What made you move here initially (or did you grow up here)? 
I met my now-fiancé in college and she was from the Bay Area. So I moved to Sacramento with a fraternity brother and my fiancé and I were commuting to see each other. Eventually, she got a job as a speech therapist in Folsom and we just bought a house, where I will live until we’re married.

3. What is your proudest achievement (personal or professional)? 
Proposing to my fiancé is the best thing I have ever done.

4. What is your favorite season?
I love fall. I enjoy the colors, the anticipation, and the smoky smell in the air.

5. If you could open up your own business here in Folsom, what would it be? 
I want to open a genuine braueri und bier garten (Brewery and beer garden) like the ones I spent so much time at in Austria and Germany

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6. Where did you grow up? 
I grew up in a little town called Yucaipa in Southern California. Kids rode horses to school up until the 80’s!

7. If you were mayor of Folsom, how would you run this city differently?
I would install surveillance on Rainbow bridge to prevent graffiti and I would work with EDH and both counties to widen 50 with useable non-carpool lanes

8. What’s your guilty pleasure? 
Video games

9. What’s your favorite Folsom restaurant? 
Sol Azteca for now, but probably Fat’s when it opens

10. Celebrity people say you most resemble?
Val Kilmer in Top Gun (really, I’m not just saying that)

11. Do you have any hobbies? 
I love to golf and to go boating on Folsom lake 

12. Who is your favorite Sacramento King?
The cheerleaders. (I’m from SoCal, Laker fan, blah blah blah)

13. If you were a cartoon character, who would you most likely be?
Maybe Bugs Bunny because I tend to be opinionated and a smart aleck

14. What’s the most interesting destination you’ve ever been to? 
I lived in Salzburg, Austria for months in 1999. It is the most beautiful city in Europe.

15. If you could interview anyone dead or alive, who would it be? 
Either Jesus or the first person who ever existed.

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Photo: The haunted eyes of a 12-year-old refugee

16. If you had to start a new career, what would you do? 
I wish I could be a photojournalist for National Geographic

17. What’s your vision of Folsom in 20 years? 
I think Folsom will be a lot like Orange County in the coming years. Crowded, expensive but where everyone wants to live

18. Greatest movie of all time?
The Hunt for Red October b/c it captures the essence of the Cold War

19. What’s your biggest pet peeve? 
People who are leftists with no understanding of the issues

20. Please share with us a great website you’d like everyone to know about.
Fark.com is a hilarious website with all the crazy stories of the day.

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