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Random Thoughts: A Community Conversation with Scott Drachnik

Scott and Debi Drachnik [personal photo]

This week, Mid Rivers Newsmagazine talks to Scott Drachnik, executive director of the St. Charles County Department of Workforce and Business Development. Drachnik has served in the position since August 2015, after previously serving as the senior vice president of business development and marketing for the Economic Development Center of St. Charles County. He is the president of TEAM [Training and Employment Administrators of Missouri], a group of advocates for Missouri’s workforce development system  and is chairman of the St. Louis Regional Workforce Development Board Directors Association. Drachnik also currently serves as the director of missions at 2Rivers Church in Dardenne Prairie. Scott and his wife, Debi, will celebrate their 34th wedding anniversary this month.

Where is the farthest you’ve traveled?

It was actually the times that we lived in, worked in and visited Romania. I was on a trip’s staff when I was there, and we set up a foundation that was doing micro-business lending and working with orphans and other individuals in the area after the wall fell. We lived there for about three years. Here’s how global things can be. We were at a restaurant on the Black Sea in Romania. It was an Irish pub, and we were looking across the Black Sea all the way to Russia. Some folks were also eating Mexican cuisine, too. You have Mexican cuisine, in Romania, looking across the Black Sea to Russia. It was like, “Wow.”

They say everyone has a book in them. What would your book be about?

My wife and I have toyed with some kids books and the idea of a character called “Gregory the Gargoyle.” Using that as a format to help teach some life lessons and with a fictional concept that kids could relate to. My wife has a bazillion books that she’s working on, and so this is one that we thought we could do jointly. It’s never gotten beyond the concept stage. Actually, no one has ever heard us mention it, apart from her and I.

Who would you want to be the narrator of your life?

Well, Richard Burton isn’t around anymore, but he’s got a great voice … I’ll choose Sean Connery. I would love to have Sean Connery narrate my life.

What risks are worth taking?

I think risking everything is worth doing. Everybody would just like a comfortable, hum-drum life, but there’s no reason to not put it all on the line for something you’re really passionate about. We’ve done it a couple of times, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but what did Thomas Edison say about creating the lightbulb? “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” I don’t believe in testing God, but we have definitely trusted him immensely, and every time we’ve done it with everything we’ve had, He’s always found us landing on our feet again afterward.

What topic could you talk about for hours?

The question is, would anyone want to listen to me for hours? For some discussions, it might take that long … I like to read a lot of different things, a lot of news, a lot of different, books, magazines and other materials. So I have a fairly wide range of interests. I’d be happy to sit down and talk about global politics, or missions, or business and the economy,  or even my kids and the pets, music, movies, books – any of that stuff.

What are some events in your life that have made you who you are?

When I was in grade school, I had a horrible learning disability. I couldn’t read very well. I couldn’t write very well. I couldn’t tell time. I went through a tremendous amount of tutoring, but I remember one summer, a tutor from our grade school – she’d actually been my kindergarten teacher but I guess by that time I was in fifth or maybe sixth grade – she did a phenomenal job helping me with reading comprehension and memory. Now, we have a library that has thousands of books at home, and communication is a big part of what I do. So, I really owe a lot to the tutors, and especially to that kindergarten teacher who helped me.

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