Movers & Shakers: Kurt Otten

Name:  Kurt Otten

Occupation: Operations manager for NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, working for Raytheon as the Raytheon Team and mayor of Clear Lake Shores

Hometown: I grew up in Nassau Bay

Current home: Clear Lake Shores

Family: Married to my wife, Teresa, and between us we have three grown children, Stefani, Jeff, and Caitlin, and three grandchildren, Klein, Elinor and James

My favorite writer is: John P. Kotter but unfortunately not much time to read

Someone I’d like to meet: Donald Trump
If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: The President of the United States

My favorite performer is: Supertramp

I like to spend my leisure time: Camping, boating, working around the house and now working on a 1963 VW Beetle that my Dad owned. I also enjoy fishing, SCUBA diving and just hanging out with family and friends.

If I could travel to any place, I’d choose: Belize. We just love the no nonsense atmosphere and no hustle and bustle.

My favorite meal is:  Beef stroganoff

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be:  I always wanted to be a firefighter but then quickly followed my Dad’s footsteps in becoming an electrical engineer. I still think being a firefighter would be cool.

You’ll never catch me: Running or something really bad is happening behind me.

The thing that bugs me the most is: People not appreciating how good we have it and dishonesty

My favorite movie is:  Toy Story…I loved watching it with my kids and now I can enjoy it with my grandkids.

Few people know: That I was actually born in Smithtown, N.Y., and come from a family of New York firefighters, including my cousin, Michael Otten, who was lost in 911.

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