Meet Will Shafroth
The Greater Omaha Young Chamber Professionals is an organization dedicated to attracting and retaining young talent in our community. Shining the spotlight on such stories helps all of us – young and old alike – better understand what brings people to our area, or what keeps them here.
In an effort to share such stories, we asked YPs from near and far to explain why (and how) they found Omaha. You’ll meet these YPs in upcoming newsletters.
Say hello to transplant Will Shafroth, an investment consultant with Fidelity Investments. The DC-native moved with his wife (originally from the southwest) to Omaha last spring in search of a new place to call home. He and his wife’s list of must-haves was specific. They were surprised when a visit to Omaha turned into home.
Where are you and your wife originally from?
I am from the DC Metro area, and my wife, Carlie, is from New Mexico. Neither of us spent much time in the Midwest prior to moving to Nebraska and we have been pleasantly surprised by the dynamism of Omaha.
Why Greater Omaha?
We both moved to Denver for college and stayed there while starting our careers. A few years had gone by, and although we loved Denver, we started thinking about what “the good life” really means. We wanted to live in a place where a strong economy didn’t mean soaring housing costs. We wanted somewhere with great public schools. We wanted a place where people are down to earth and friendly. And we wanted opportunity. We visited a few cities, and Omaha was hands down the winner. We moved shortly thereafter, and are so glad to call Omaha home.
What else did you consider?
We looked at quality of life and cost of living indexes, and Omaha consistently came up, so we decided to visit. We signed an apartment lease on the fourth day of our visit. The livability of Omaha really shined through during our initial visit. Also, no traffic!
What has surprised you about this community?
I had heard from some folks that Omaha was insular. My wife and I have not experienced anything to that affect. We have made great friends and feel welcomed as part of our community.
How would you explain Omaha to friends and family who haven’t visited yet?
What advice can you give to young professionals who move to Omaha, but don’t really know anyone? What’s the best way to meet people and get involved?
Find a group of people or organization that align with your interests. People are very welcoming here.