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The IF list: Karin Gardner, Director of Corporate Communications, Oppy

IF you need motivation to cycle 100 miles, build a fresh produce marketing program, or just have a good laugh, then Oppy’s Karin Gardner is your gal. As one of the most dynamic women I have met in the industry, Karin was one of the first people I thought of when we started planning out our The IF List candidates. Want to know why? Check out what Karin would do given a slew of fun IFs to consider.


If you could have been born in another century or decade, which would it be and why?
I’m not super churchy, but it would have been interesting to be alive in the time of Christ. I just would love to know how all of that went down.

If you could be a character in any book, who would it be?
Nancy Drew.

If you had to choose right now, what would your last meal consist of?
Anything my mom has made.

If you could have any actor play you in a movie, who would you want?
Gillian Anderson. She is so badass.

If you could imagine yourself in a different industry, which would it be?
I love what I do, but sometimes I wish I’d taken the time to become an R.D. (Registered Dietitian). I’m fascinated by sports nutrition and the science of fueling our bodies with the right foods (not chemicals!) to improve physical performance.

If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Anthony Bourdain. I just read Kitchen Confidential, and it made me miss him even more. Plus, I’m sure we’d eat something amazing someplace unforgettable.
RIP, Tony.

If you could re-experience an awesome day in your life, what day would you choose and why?
The day we climbed Mount Hamilton in the 2018 Tour de Fresh. It was a suffer-fest, super steep, and unbearably hot! But being surrounded by an awesome bunch of like-minded warriors and an amazing support crew made it a total high.

If you were another species in the animal kingdom, what would you be?
A spinner dolphin!

If you had to wear the same thing every day, what items of clothing would you pick?
My “work at home” uniform: Kuhl trousers, long-sleeved T-shirt hoodie, and a shearling vest.

If you could make everyone watch a movie of your choosing, which movie would you want them to see?
The Princess Bride. Then more people would get my jokes!

If you could join a musician, dead or alive, on stage to sing along or play an instrument with, who would you choose and why?
This is so cheesy but belting out “Daydream Believer” with the Monkees (all four of them) would be the best. Ever. It’s a song I’ve loved since I was little. It follows me around and never gets old.