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October 6, 2012
By MIKE DONAHEY - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican


Resides: Marshalltown

Hometown: Marshalltown - I moved away, but returned. I love this town!

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Family: Parents are Todd and Carol Huff. They were born and raised in Marshalltown and lived here for more than 40 years until a job offer from the Mason City Community School District required a move. A brother, Neal Huff, lives in Marshalltown with wife Katy (Benda). Neal works at Jensen Ford, Inc. and Katy is a full time student. My spouse is Kris Naughton. Kya and Taylor are daughters, who are active in dance and sports. They attend St. Mary school. Neither want to become the fourth generation business owner - but we'll see.

Pets: We have two cats, one black and one white, named Nessa Rose and Elphaba. They have green eyes and were named after the characters in "Wicked." We also have a fish Fiero - again from Wicked and Peanut the hamster.


Occupation: Kris and I own and operate ServiceMaster of Marshalltown, Inc. We took over the family business, becoming the third generation of Naughtons to own and manage it.

What that means: We clean just about anything! In homes, we can clean carpet, ductwork, upholstery, tile floors and etc. For businesses we can do floor work as well as provide janitorial services. We can do construction clean up almost anywhere and if one has fire damage, or excess water, we can help with that too. If it needs cleaning and one doesn't want to do it or doesn't have the knowledge - give us a call!

Tenure: More than 13 years.

If I could change jobs I would be a/do: Most people know if I could make a living at it, I would be a professional volunteer. That's probably why I agreed to go into the family business with Kris - I like helping people.


Books: "One Breath Away" by Heather Gudenkauf. I couldn't put it down - I read it in two days!

Movies: "Wizard of Oz," directed by V. Fleming. "Grease," directed by Randal Kleiser and "Sound of Music," directed by Robert Wise. I'm not ashamed - I like musicals!


Best part of living here: All of it - I love the small businesses and how supportive our community is. We are lacking in a few areas ... but we are making strides with restaurants, housing and the overall look and pride of Marshalltown - now we need to work on the shopping!

Local involvement: I served as Oktemberfest president one term and a member of its board of directors for 12 years. I also served on the Marshalltown Area Catholic School board and Ducks Unlimited board briefly. I was a member of the Marshalltown Area Catholic School Home and School committee and St. Mary Church. I have been a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, and assisted the Chamber with events.

Advice on life: Learn something new and find something positive each day. When things become complicated remember - everything happens for a reason. Take a deep breath and keep moving. And if you woke up this morning, say "thank you God."



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