When Gina Koertner originally relocated to Barrington it was to work at the Global Headquarters for the Gatorade Sports Science Institute in product development, formulating new flavors and working on cost savings. Now, as the President of the Barrington Junior Women’s Club, Koertner spends her time volunteering and at her two beautiful daughters, Isla and Anja’s, schools—Barrington Middle School Station and Countryside Elementary, respectively. Busy building a new home in Barrington Hills for her family, she is also an avid sportswoman having competed in six Ironman triathlons. A huge dog lover, her family is expanding with the addition of two golden retriever puppies this December.
Mantra? Just because you can, does not mean you should Best grooming tip? Highlighter on your cheekbones Guilty pleasure? Bravo. I should not admit how much I watch Favorite foods? Chips and guacamole, cheese sauce and fries Music you love? Music is really important to me. I truly find joy in just about every genre Best advice ever given to you? “When someone shows who they are, believe them the first time” – Maya Angelou via my Mom Best advice you’ve given? Pay your Barrington Junior Women’s Club dues Earliest memory? My Grandpa’s lake house in St Louis When you wake up, you? Workout. I love my workout friends who get me moving and keep me honest Before bed, you? Check on my girls and then watch Schitt’s Creek What’s on your bookshelf? My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell, A Good Marriage by Kimberly Mccreight, and A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost You can’t live without? Family, dogs, and red wine Love to escape to? Hawaii, Lake Geneva, and any Ironman destination race Advice you would give to your younger self? Worrying is interest paid on a debt you may not owe
WHEN IN THE COUNTRY
Your style is? Casual. Usually workout clothes and a ponytail, and in need of a shower! Can’t leave the house without? Water, lip gloss and my phone Transportation? My Brooks running shoes and Trek Speed Concept bike Driving music? Pandora or a podcast! I love Armchair Expert and Revisionist History Place to eat? Francesca, Tacos El Norte, Shakou Shop? Luxe Wearhouse and Nordstrom Rack Best thing about the country? Quality of my friendships, schools, and sunsets Worst thing about the country? Not enough locally owned ethnic restaurants. And mosquitos The perfect day is? A long run with my crew, lunch with my family, watching my daughters’ basketball games with the finale being a date night with my husband
WHEN IN TOWN
Your style is? It’s usually a big occasion so probably a little black dress Can’t leave the house without? A cute purse and my phone. Transportation? Party bus with a great group of friends Driving music? Anything … as long as I get to be DJ Place to eat? Gibson’s Italia, RPM Steak and Three Arts Café Shop? Oak street Best thing about town? Events and excitement Worst thing about town? Sadly, the riots over the summer in our beautiful city The perfect day is? Summer can’t be beat in the city! Rooftop at LondonHouse, shopping, and finishing the night with an amazing outside concert at Solider Field