This is the extended version of our visit with Holstein World team member, Jessica McKee. An abbreviated version appears in the June magazine. If you’d ever like to get in contact with Jessica, she can be reached at 800-334-1904 ext. 244 or email@example.com!
Greetings World readers! I’m delighted to share with you a little bit about me. Among several other duties, I am a liaison between our subscribers and our publications. I care for our online visitors, and those who take time to write or call. I provide customer care to both our domestic and foreign customers, and to my colleagues.
I have one daughter, a wonderful young woman, who along side my son-in-law is raising my three grandchildren back in my home state of California. My parents were both originally from Brooklyn, NY. Hence, I was raised an odd native Californian who says “ahrange” (orange) and “harrible” (horrible).
My past occupations have included being a professional performing musician, co-owning a golf school/ driving range in California, working at a restaurant/pub in Colorado and I have counseled on a hotline for battered women and children. I’ve asked people if “they’d like fries with that?” I’ve sold stereo equipment, helped people create their dreams with a home loan. I’ve lived every moment, and been blessed with incredible people to share it with.
Timing is a curious phenomenon…and so is perception. We are DairyBusiness Communications – Dairy being the key word here. For example, a gentleman called who was trying to locate our office. He was delivering our creamer and was a ‘stand in’ for the guy who usually handled our route. Jenn Larabee jumped right in to direct him from the interstate, he was grateful and they hung up. Great! The beverage service was finally coming to replenish our creamer and coffee for the office!
Important office supplies, I’d say.
20 minutes later, it was the gentleman calling back. Our office lies in a very tricky spot. It’s rather off the beaten track, and at the edge of a very confusing entanglement of streets. So I’m not surprised he’s confused about where to go from the main street. I remained on the phone with him, guiding him in. Moments earlier, Karen Knutsen, Jenn and Carol Moyer here in the office mentioned how odd this was. We all smile a lot, we laugh as much as possible…for the most part, we’re happy people…with imagination. BUT…you can just imagine how shocked we were to see a industrial-haul tanker pull up in our narrow drive. Uh, yes the cream was here…only it wasn’t in small ounce packets we could fit in the fridge of the break room…uh no. We’re talking TANKER. We invited him in for new directions, a cup of coffee with cream and shared the laugh. After all, the key word Dairy brought us here.
Most exciting accomplishment? Meeting our subscribers at World Dairy Expo and helping to keep them informed by offering them a variety of information that our publications provide. The smile I receive back, the thank you over the phone…the email of gratitude, it means a great deal to me. Knowing every day I talk to people all over this world who share the same concerns, and who strive to provide the same quality of nourishment for their neighbors, their family and their friends at home and across the seas reminds me that it’s a very small world. And we share it together. So every time I hear thank you, I receive it like a hug and that’s a wonderful thing.
I believe in what we do – supporting this industry. Every smile I receive, thank you, email of gratitude, means a great deal to me. Every day I talk to people all over this world who share the same concerns, who strive to provide the same quality of nourishment for their neighbors, their family, their friends at home and abroad. It truly is a small world. And we’re in it together.
I am so proud to work with this talented and dedicated group of people I call my colleagues. I am honored to represent a company that has stood tall for over 100 years, providing something of true value to a very hard working industry that is constantly challenged by change.
I have always had a very soft spot in my heart for farmers and I cannot thank them enough for what they do. The farming community worldwide provides the fuel for life. It’s hard work…not everyone CAN do what farmers do. I have a deep admiration and respect for our farmers both at home in the US and all over this incredible earth. Their dedication is inspiring, worth great recognition. Truly the most gracious, warm and genuinely happy people that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Dairy farmers not only provide for us, but they also teach a true love for animals. What ever I can do to give back…I’m there.
Music: Raised in opera theaters and with the great sounds of swing and big band. Love jazz, rhythm and blues, country…rock and roll…and folk. There isn’t a music venue I don’t like.
TV Shows: I still miss Johnny Carson!
Movies: ‘The Jerk’ with Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters… “All I need is this chair…and…”
Books: I enjoy autobiographies, historical recounts…and words of wisdom and inspiration.
Quote: ‘We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.” F.D. Roosevelt
“You’ve only lived a minute of your life.” Alice Cooper
Hobbies: Cooking, Traveling and People…all kinds of people. What we all have in common is our difference.
Cow: Unfortunately I do not. But if you ever need a cow sitter…