Michelle Kaye, director of client & community relations for PNC Bank in Dayton is pictured with Todd Papes.

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What you see is what you get when you see Michelle Kaye. 

And what many see is someone passionate about the Gem City. 

We caught up with Kaye, the most recent Dayton.com Daytonian of the Week. 

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What do you do and why? 

I am the director of client and community relations for PNC Bank in Dayton. 

I truly love my job. 

When I think about the “why,” I love the idea of being able to help provide time, talent and treasure to our community through the bank’s resources, combined with other community partners and watch all the great things we can accomplish together. 

What superpower would you love to have? 

The power to read minds. Why? Because I’m curious, of course. But really, I think being able to hear the thoughts of others and help them to communicate those thoughts would be a great superpower. 

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What are your hopes for the community? 

I hope the Dayton community and surrounding areas continue to come together and WORK together to improve our region….however that looks to them. We all need to be more collaborative. We have made GREAT strides in this area, and I hope this continues. I hope that we can look past our differences and find our common ground, and above all, I hope that we as Daytonians, and members of the Greater Miami Valley, stop berating ourselves and the efforts that are taking place. I go back to the old saying “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” We are our own worst critics and we need to stop. It’s hard to make progress when we are constantly battling ourselves. Let’s build each other up instead of tearing down our successes and ideas. 

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Michelle Kaye, director of client & community relations for PNC Bank in Dayton.

What is your Dayton guilty pleasure? 

Mikesell’s potato chips. I. LOVE. POTATO CHIPS. And these are some of the very best. I love all of the unique flavors, and I can eat an entire BIG bag by myself. 

What inspires you about life in Dayton? 

The revitalization of downtown, and seeing people come together for things like the Gem City Market, as well as working on the revitalization of West Dayton. 

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What would you do on a perfect date in Dayton? 

A perfect date in Dayton…

I’m really not that complicated. I’d love cocktails and dinner somewhere in the Oregon District, followed by a movie at the Neon. Or maybe a show at the Schuster or attending an event at our new PNC Arts Annex at the Victoria Theatre. 

We have such great entertainment/arts in Dayton. It’s hard to choose. 

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Michelle Kaye, director of client & community relations for PNC Bank in Dayton.
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What should people know about Dayton? 

Dayton is the most welcoming community. I have people tell me all the time that they want to get involved in the community. Hang on to your hat. This community will and does welcome you with open arms. There is SO much to do and see and we are moving forward with giant steps.  We are NOT that downtrodden little community that was portrayed on (national) TV recently.

We are a vibrant, exciting, forward-thinking, revitalized Midwest city. People should come to see what we’re all about. We’re pretty impressive. 

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How do you hope friends describe you? 

I would hope that they would describe me as positive, genuine person. You pretty much get what you see with me. I don’t hide much. My emotions are usually on my sleeve for all to see. I would hope my friends would describe me as a good person who does good. I wouldn’t want anything else.