Chief Strategy Officer
Jenifer started in the staffing industry while still in college and what was meant to be a short-term stint to help out the family business sparked a passion for this industry that has led to a multi-decades career touching virtually every aspect of the business. Her focus today is ensuring the company hits its revenue targets through effective talent generation and deployment, sales programs and marketing initiatives necessary to spread the TERRA message far and wide.
Jenifer has been a member of the Pinnacle Society, a consortium of the nation’s top producing recruiters and is a noted trainer and public speaker. She has served as Legislative Chair for Washington State Council for SHRM and on the executive committee for Association of Washington Business. She is also a sought after speaker and trainer in the industry.
Jen’s favorite activities are anything that involves fresh air and a high probability of getting dirty or wet–kayaking, hiking, trail running and snowshoeing are some of her favorites.
Tell me about your first job?
First paying job was babysitting a hyperactive kid after school and all day during the summer. The highlight was when he came running into the house with his pants on fire- literally. I threw him to the ground and wrapped him in a throw rug to extinguish the flames. I realized then, I’m good in a clutch situation.
What other professions would you like to try?
Sometimes I would love to be a waitress. I’m sure it’s harder than it looks, but it would be fun to meet lots of people and orchestrate a meal that could end up being an experience.
If you could possess any super power, what would it be?
That’s easy! Flying. No more traffic!
What do you enjoy most about working in the staffing industry?
I feel like every day is a field trip. I get to meet such a diverse array of people in all types of companies. After a lot of years in this business I feel like I know a little about a lot of different industries. And, just when I think I’ve seen it all, something surprises me.
Best career advice you’ve ever received?
My mentor, Walt Yeager, has always told me: “If you’re not intense, you’re in trouble.” I also like: “Balanced people never changed the world.” I think I read that on a bumpersticker.