A Day In The Life: Lisa Schuette

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Hometown – Mansfield, OH
Current city – Mt. Pleasant, SC
Started at Jackrabbit – January 2015
Job title – Software Support Representative

Best compliment you have received? That I am just like my daughter.

What is your perfect pizza? Whole grain with lots of veggies.

If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else, who would you pick and what would you do?  Professional ballerina or dancer.

What do you feel most proud of? My children.

What is your favorite music? Anything that I can dance to.

If you could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be? My home, my wedding ring, my 2 dogs, my piano.

Why did you choose this profession? Great for a mom and love to help people – we have the best customers!! They are so appreciative.

What’s your strongest personal quality? Positive outlook.

What does a perfect day look like to you? Walking/running on beach, take a dance class, swimming and having dinner at a restaurant all with my family.

A little more about Lisa…

Lisa has enjoyed living in the Charlotte area for 18 years after moving from Ohio. She graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Marketing and continued her education at Ohio Dominican College majoring in Mathematics/Education. Her diverse business background includes training, team building, accounting, entrepreneurship, and auditing billing systems. She also taught High School Math for a few years and continues to help students with upper level math courses.

She enjoys spending time with her family that consists of her husband, Randy, and her 3 children. Some of her favorite hobbies include cardio dance classes, beach vacations, scuba diving and playing with their two Italian greyhounds.

A Day In The Life: Amber Smith

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Hometown – Decatur, IL
Current city – Charlotte, NC
Started at Jackrabbit – December 2015
Job title – Software Support Representative

Whats the last picture you took with your phone?  My food – I love nothing more than a good meal that tastes as good as it looks.

Best compliment you have received?    Being told that I am a good friend because friends are important to me.

What is your perfect pizza?    Hawaiian pizza with a side of ranch.

What is your best childhood memory?   Any time I was on the stage as a dancer.  I learned so much during that time outside of dance while getting to enjoy what I loved the most!

What do you feel most proud of?    Going straight to college after high school and getting my degree.  That was not something that was common in my family growing up.

What is your favorite music?    I like all kinds of music – just not a big fan of country.  Of course I love any music that you can dance to!

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?     I would love to go to Hawaii – I love tropical places and have heard so many great things about Hawaii and how beautiful it is there!

If you could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be?     My iPhone (my life is in there between my contacts, calendar, email, music, etc), my dog, my fuzzy blanket that I sleep with every night, my journal given to me by a friend, and my Beats headphones.

Why did you choose this profession?     I had a background in working at a dance studio – in the classroom and the office.  While I had not used Jackrabbit before, I understood the need of what the studio owners and office managers.  I also like puzzles – sometimes the answer to a ticket is not something simple.  It takes troubleshooting and piecing things together to figure out the issue.

What’s your strongest personal quality?    Perfectionist – sometimes this can be a double edged sword.

 

A little more about Amber…

Amber Smith graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2010. She spent 15 years of early dance training at a local dance studio of Charlotte, NC. Within the academy, Amber excelled in tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical at various Regional and national competitions. She continued her passion with dance as a Professional Cheerleader/Dancer for the Charlotte Checkers Hockey Club from 2008-2011. Since then, Amber has taught master classes and judged for Dance Machine productions over the last 4 dance seasons, part time. She also worked at Northwestern Mutual supporting the Compliance and Investment Operations departments (started in 2012) before joining the Jackrabbit team.

A Day In The Life: Gwen

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Hometown – Santa Barbara, CA
Current city – Waxhaw, NC
Started at Jackrabbit – Oct 2013
Job title –Software Support Representative

Whats the last picture you took with your phone? My shopping cart full of craft items to share my weekend project. I am NOT crafty by nature and have to Pinterest copy everything I attempt!

Best compliment you have received? Your kids are so well behaved!

What do you feel most proud of? Going back and finishing college as an adult.

What is your favorite music? NPR.

If you could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be? My iPhone, my running shoes, a blank journal, my panda bear (stuffed animal) and a loaded Kindle – since I couldn’t decide on just one or two books.

What teacher in school made the most impact on you and why? Mrs. Humphries, my 3rd grade teacher. She had the class make an audio tape for me when I spent two weeks in the hospital and organized a class gift that I still treasure. She also auctioned off a slumber party at her house for that year’s school auction and I got to attend. We played dress-up in her closet and made this delicious peanut butter play-doh. Fun times!

What was one of your most defining moments in life? When I lost most my possessions in a fire. I was a young adult – just out of high school and it really spun my head around in way that still give me pause.

Why did you choose this profession? Because I love using my resourcefulness to help others find solutions. I also love the variety of work I get to do within support.

What are your top 3 favorite books and why?

  1. The Essential Rumi – Rumi was a 15th century mystic poet and he uses storytelling to teach about divine love in a jarring, epic way.
  2. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver; she has impeccable writing and the character’s stories stretch out perfectly long. You get to find out ‘what happens’ to them.
  3. All the Harry Potter Books 😉

What’s your strongest personal quality? Always expecting the best from myself.

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why? How to play an instrument really well. It’s like dancing while sitting still.

A little more about Gwen…

Gwen was raised in Santa Barbara, California and moved to Charlotte as a teenager where she soon met her now-husband. She has worked in a variety of industries always focusing on customer service and she continues to thrive on finding solutions for clients.

She earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Belmont Abbey College and before learning Jackrabbit used a variety of software programs both personally and professionally. As a former client, Gwen knows firsthand how powerful and timesaving Jackrabbit is and she uses her experience to help others discover how Jackrabbit can grow their business.

Her passions include healthy living, yoga, and reading. She now lives in Waxhaw with her husband and 3 children.

A Day In The Life: Karissa Parker

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Hometown – Somewhere between Charlotte, NC and Forest City, NC
Current city – Forest City, NC – Small Town Friendly
Started at Jackrabbit – 2005
Job title – Sales Manager

Best compliment you have received? – A friend recently told me that I was very driven, when I want something I get it and I do it independently.

What do you feel most proud of? – Accidentally graduating college early. Stay in school kids, real life is not all it is cracked up to be.

What is your favorite music? – I really like ALMOST everything…even the circus music my hairdresser was playing yesterday!

If you could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be? – Pictures, iPhone and the engagement ring I am waiting ever so patiently on….

Why did you choose this profession? – I love helping people. This allows me to help people find a solution to an area they need help in and make their lives easier and give them the ability to spend their time on what they truly love!

What’s your strongest personal quality? – Listening and being compassionate to peoples needs

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why? – Website development! I just started a class on it this week. I have always had an interest in it and I am excited to start this new adventure!

What is your perfect pizza? – Ham, pineapple and bacon with white sauce – yum!

What question do you hate to answer? – Any that where I have to describe myself (so almost all of these!) Haha

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why? Greece for sure! I had a college friend from there and ever since I have wanted to visit. It is such a beautiful place! Who wouldn’t want to visit Mykonos?

How do you spend your free time? Crafting…which has turned itself in to a side business and hiking during leaf peeping season!

 

A little more about Karissa…

Karissa graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing in 2005. She has since worked in retail management and has several years of sales and customer service experience.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling to new places, doing new things and just being outside!

A Day In The Life: Sandi Olson

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Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alberta
Current City: Pitt Meadows, British Columbia
Started at Jackrabbit: Feb 2012
Job Title: Software Support Representative

What is the last picture you took with your phone? A gorgeous pic looking up at the trees in my front yard showing the beauty of the fall leaves.

What is the best compliment you have received? The best compliment I’ve ever received was that my son is a kind and empathetic boy who stands up for people.

What do you feel most proud of? I am most proud of my husband and my son and the family that we have created.

What is your favorite music? My favourite music is anything with a good beat that gets my toe tapping! My taste is quite eclectic and not limited to one particular genre.

If you could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be? If I could only keep 5 possessions they would be: a photo of my family, my wedding ring, smart phone, lipgloss and a toothbrush!

Why did you choose this profession? I chose to work in Support, and particularly in ePayments Support, because of my desire to help people and my natural aptitude for numbers.

What is your strongest personal quality? Definitely my sense of humour… A good sense of humour is an escape valve for the pressures of life!

 

A little more about Sandi…

Born in Eastern Canada, Sandi moved to Vancouver, British Columbia at an early age and considers herself a true “West Coaster.” It became clear very early on that Sandi had an aptitude for numbers and she has followed this path throughout her career. Emerging from the Certified General Accountant’s program at the University of British Columbia, Sandi joined a Global Mining Corporation as their Accounting Manager. Although the position was based in Vancouver, BC, the company’s assets were located throughout South America, Africa and Asia, which gave her a solid foundation in international commerce. Wanting to work closer to home, Sandi became the Office Manager and Bookkeeper for a local, family owned group of businesses including Property Management, various Salon and Spa ventures and a Hydraulic Machine Shop.

Sandi lives in Pitt Meadows, a suburb of Vancouver, with her husband and son. In her spare time she loves to decorate, enjoys photography and most recently has become a Certified Zumba Fitness Instructor.

 

 

 

 

A Day In The Life: Christie Foster

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Hometown – Lancaster, SC
Current city – South Charlotte, NC
Started at Jackrabbit – May 2007
Job title – Billing Administrator

Have you ever been pulled over by a cop? Yes for speeding – I was 19 and have not been pulled since!

Best compliment you have received? Anytime someone compliments me on my daughters for how pretty sweet, caring, smart, etc. they are!

What is your perfect pizza? Thin crust meat lovers.

If you had a chance for a do-over in life, what would you do differently? I would have partied more in college and studied less.

What is your favorite music? Country all day long! I also enjoy beach music.

If you could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be? My cat, family pictures, wedding rings…I guess I am not as materialistic as I thought I was!

What do you feel most proud of? My daughters, they are very strong independent women.

Why did you choose this profession? It is not really a profession for me. I was in the corporate wold for almost 20 years as a programmer, project manager, trainer and operations manager. I decided to work part time so I could spend more time with my kids. I started with Jackrabbit to help out a friend (Christy Carper) and I’ve stayed around because of the people I work with and the great company Jackrabbit is.

What is your strongest personal quality? Dependability and trustworthiness.

 

A little more about Christie…

Christie has over 22 years of experience in the Information Services field including Project Management, Customer Relations, Client Training & Development and Corporate Operations Management. She is able to add value by identifying and meeting others needs. Her gratification comes when she is able to exceed her clients expectations.

Christie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Clemson University. Her free time is spent with her family which includes two daughters Victoria and Erika.

A Day In The Life: Graham Bingham

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Hometown – Vancouver BC, Canada
Current city – Vancouver BC, Canada
Started at Jackrabbit – September 2013
Job title – Software Support Representative

What do you feel most proud of? Winning the “2004 Business Plan of the Year” award from Small Business British Columbia.  The business plan I wrote was for a new concept retail/service store that I went on to open and operate for nearly a decade.

What is your favorite music? My favorite music ranges from Pop Rock to Adult Contemporary and even a little Country.  A good power ballad is a guilty pleasure.

Best compliment you have received? Being awarded “Business Citizen of the Year” by a local business association and peer group.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why? I would go to Australia. I have always had a strong urge to travel there, and to be frank, my primary reason would be to hold a Koala.  They are most certainly my spirit animal.

If you could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be? I can’t live without my smartphone, books, a good pair of shoes, and a good pillow. That said, I tend to place more value on experiences than possessions.

Why did you choose this profession? – I love to problem solve, and help people.  This job gives me the best of the both!

What are you most afraid of? Spiders.

What’s your strongest personal quality? Kind-Hearted.

A little more about Graham…

Graham Bingham is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia where he started his career working at the World’s Fair, Expo 86 as a server in a Mexican Restaurant which today is still his favorite food.

After Expo, Graham transitioned into the telecommunications industry where he spend 12 years working as a System Designer, Customer Support and Trainer. Most recently, Graham owned and operated an upscale men’s barbershop and retail boutique where he spent ten years putting to rest the idea that shaving had to be painful!

Graham enjoys the living West Coast lifestyle, taking long walks on the Seawall, exploring the urban jungle and especially seeking out new and exciting food venues.

A Day In The Life: Melanie Ulman

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Hometown – Middleburg Heights, OH
Current city – Brook Park, OH
Started at Jackrabbit – May 2010
Job title – Project Manager & Product Analyst

What does a perfect day look like to you? A day balanced with family, friends, exercise and feeling productive.

What was your most embarrassing moment? I’m a clutz. It’s not just one moment! I recently let a drippy stick of butter slide off a plate onto the deck steps at a picnic where I didn’t want to embarrass myself in any way.

Best compliment you have received? That I gave a great presentation. It was something I was scared to do but I made myself do it.

Why did you choose this profession? To make a positive difference in people’s daily lives.

What age do you feel right now and why? I feel younger because I’ve let go of all the notions of being perfect and ‘what life should be.’ But I look in the mirror and see my age!

If you could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be? Cell phone, hair straightener, supply of fountain Diet Coke, my favorite lip balm, and sense of humor – you can’t lose this as you go through life!

 

A little more about Melanie…

Melanie’s passion has always been to help others in both her career and personal life. She enjoys taking business problems and finding solutions, espcially within the Jackrabbit program.

Melanie received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an Accounting major and worked in the commercial and residential real estate industry for 8 years. Then in 5 years as Office Manager, she helped grow a dance and gymnastics school to become the largest school in the local area.

Melanie loves spending quality time with her 4 children, traveling and fitness activities.

A Day In The Life: Teresa Wilson

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Hometown – Deland, Flordia
Current city – Concord, NC
Started at JR –January 2015
Job title – Software Support Representative

 

Have you ever been pulled over by a cop? I have gotten pulled over a total of three times. Once for going around a tractor going 2 miles an hour on a double yellow line – I used to be that cop that pulled people over. 🙂

What is the best compliment you’ve received? That I am a great friend.

If you had a chance for a do-over in life, what would you do differently? I wouldn’t do anything over. I am who I am by what I have seen, who I have met and what I have done in life.

What do you feel most proud of? I am most proud of my three children. They are all so unique.

What is your favorite type of music? Country!

If you could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be? Pictures, home, car, my clothes – can I keep all of them? and my cat.

Why did you choose this profession? I like helping people and I can do that on the support team.

What is your strongest personal quality? I am very caring.

A little more about Teresa…

Originally from Florida, Teresa dedicated 6 years to serve her country in the United States Army as a Military Police. For the past 17 years, North Carolina has been her home. In 2003, Teresa graduated at the top of her class with a AA degree with a concentration in Business and Accounting. Wanting to be able to spend the summers off with her 3 children, she worked with the Cabarrus County School system for 7 years. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking in the mountains, vacationing at the beach, reading and spending time with family and friends.

A Day In The Life: Julie Rankin

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Hometown – Townville, PA
Current city – Cornelius, NC
Started at JR – May 2009
Job title – Marketing Director

Best compliment you have received? When I have been told what an amazing son I have. That he is so respectful and kind. It makes me so proud of all the hard work as a single mom.

If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else, who would you pick and what would you do? Depends on how long I would be in that body! I would love to experience someone who travels the world for adventure, like Bear Grylls, but not sure I would want to stay in that body forever.

What is your favorite music? Rock and RnB.

If you could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be? Laptop for my digital photos, photo albums, phone,  clothes and shoes.

Why did you choose this profession? I really enjoy the creativity and challenges to sales & marketing. You really have to stay on top of the trends & competitors, so it keeps things interesting.

Who do you admire most in life? My grandpa was a POW in the Korean war, and even after being through so much, he was the most positive person & never complained!

What’s your strongest personal quality? Supportive, always there for my friends.

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why? Ballroom dance – I think it would be so much fun & cool to be able to do!
A little more about Julie…

Julie Rankin’s initial role in Jackrabbit’s sales department gave her a keen understanding of what the company’s customers need from their business and class management systems. This has provided her with a strong sense of the marketing strategies that it takes to engage with Jackrabbit’s potential customers as Marketing Coordinator. Her passion for helping peoplefind good solutions that fit their needs is a catalyst to her success in these areas.

With experience in the diverse areas that make up comprehensive marketing strategies, Julie understands how to plan and implement them successfully. Over the course of her career, Julie has been responsible for the planning, creation and execution of strategic and promotional marketing activities that include Internet marketing, direct mail, literature, press releases, newsletters, trade-shows, and print advertising.

Julie, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors in Marketing, is an running and fitness fanatic who enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling to new places, and taking beach trips with her son.

A Day In The Life: Deanna Miltz

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Hometown – Concord, NC
Current city – Concord, NC
Started at JR – 2013
Job title – Sales Representative

What is the last picture you took with your phone? My kids going off to their first day of 6th grade!

Have you ever been pulled over by a cop? Yes – the most memorable one is when I got pulled by 3 cops in one night from a burnt-out headlight on a weekend night! Don’t they have better things to do?

Best compliment you have received? I was told, “God looks good on you,” and that will never leave my mind. Such a big compliment in my opinion.

What do you feel most proud of? My faith and family.

What is your best childhood memory? When y family was going through some financial difficulties during Christmas, I was told it was not going to be a ‘good’ Christmas. My parents surprised me and my brother with a little Peekapom puppy and we named her Princess. The BEST Christmas ever!

What is your favorite music? All kids – as long as it is ‘clean’ and a fun beat!

If you could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be? Bible, pictures, wedding ring, iPhone, and my car.

Why did you choose this profession? I love talking to people and sales allows me to do just that either on the phone or visiting a customer in person.

What’s your strongest personal quality? My compassion.

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why? Photography – a picture speaks a thousand words.

A little more about Deanna…

Deanna comes to us from just around the corner from our Main Office in Huntersville. Born and raised in Concord, North Carolina, she is excited to be a part of the Jackrabbit Technology Support Team. Deanna earned a BA in Dance at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. She has over 20 years experience of teaching dance and providing choreography to competition teams throughout several studios in the area. Being married for 18 years to her husband Eric and having 10 year old twins, Zoe and Zachary, Deanna certainly keeps busy. She has been on the Weddington Hills Elementary PTO Board as Fundraiser Chairperson and serving her time in other areas as well. Deanna has compassion in helping others. Teaching, educating, and bringing comfort to people are her greatest attributes. She is proud to be able to bring this into the Team Support at Jackrabbit . During her spare time, Deanna enjoys working out, shopping, decorating, spending time with family and friends, and Praise Dance. She gives glory to God for His love and blessings.

 

A Day In The Life: Jim Towne

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Hometown – Vienna, VA
Current city – Charlotte, NC
Started at JR – March 2011
Job title – Senior Developer

What is the last picture you took with your phone? A photo of my daughter rock climbing this weekend.

Best compliment you have received? When I graduated from Parris Island, my Senior Drill Instructor told my dad that if he had 10 more Marines like me, he could win any war.

What do you feel most proud of? Raising strong, independent, adventurous, loving children.

What is your best childhood memory? My family used to have a cottage in New Hampshire and in the summer we would take my best friend and go for 2-3 weeks. He and I would swim, paddle, hike and climb the entire time. It was in the middle of nowhere and was always a lot of fun.

What is your favorite music? It depends on what I’m doing and my mood but I listen to alternative, hard rock and electronica.

If you could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be? Nothing really comes to mind – I don’t collect possessions I collect experiences.

Why did you choose this profession? Information Technology is my second career. I could tell, in the mid-90’s that it was the future so I quit law enforcement and went back to school for programming. I like solving problems, using logic and technology.

What’s your strongest personal quality? My sense of humor. I like to hear people laugh.

A little more about Jim…

Jim has been developing software since 1998 and has worked on applications for manufacturing, service, insurance, biotech and health care companies. As a Microsoft Certified Professional he is always trying to stay on top of the latest tools, technologies and industry standards. Jim lives for being challenged every day and the feeling of satisfaction that comes when a customer says they are happy. He enjoys building solutions that make people’s lives easier. After high school Jim joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves and while serving at Andrews AFB outside of Washington DC he joined the Metropolitan Police Dept. where he worked for 6 years before deciding to go back to school for his AAS degree in Computer Programming. He enjoys spending time with his wife and kids and taking the occasional trip to the beaches in the Carolinas.

 

A Day In The Life: Kelli Tesh

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Hometown – Welcome, NC
Current city – Welcome, NC
Started at JR – October 2012
Job title – Quality Assurance Analyst

Best compliment you have received? My kids telling me that I am the Best Mom EVER.

What do you feel most proud of? The life that my husband and I have established with our two kids.

What is your favorite music? Christian and Country.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why? Southeast Asia, my childhood BFF is serving as a Missionary there and I would love to go see her and her family and the work that they are doing!

If you could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be? My Bible, my wedding ring, my laptop, my camper, and my phone.

Why did you choose this profession? I love to find things wrong with stuff and if I can’t fix it (I’m not a developer) then I love to watch it get fixed or see it work the way it is supposed to!

What’s your strongest personal quality? I am a very caring person.

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why? Cake decorating, just something I have always wanted to do!

A little more about Kelli…

Kelli has worked in information technology for 10 years. She has a passion to help others. She enjoys being given a problem and working hard to find the resolution. Kelli has a Bachelor of Science in Management of Information Systems from High Point University. In Kelli’s spare time she likes to spend quality time with her husband and 2 children. Kelli is also an EMT and volunteer firefighter.

A Day In The Life: Kathryn Maddox

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Hometown: I consider Raleigh, NC home but spent the first 10 years in NJ.
Current city: Huntersville, NC
Started at Jackrabbit: October 2013
Job title: Software Support Representative

Best compliment you have received? Being in support we have great customers that send us thank you’s and amazing feedback all the time. I cannot think of just one that stands out… but it really does make the day so much brighter when I  receive a thank you.

What do you feel most proud of? Well I would be a bad mom if I didn’t say my 2 kiddos, they are my world… Most of my family did not go to college so graduating with a 4 year degree even making honors was a pretty big deal.

What is your favorite music? I LOVE all music with a beat! Music is on in my house 24/7.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why? I would do a European tour. I’ve always wanted to trace my family heritage. I’d start in Italy and find my Grandfather’s childhood home. I love the European culture. Spanish food is my favorite so I’d definitely go there.

If you could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be? My cell phone of course :), my Bose speaker (hence my love for loud music), my black pair of skinny jeans, my children’s baby books and memento’s they made me. I’m not attached to anything really in my house.

Why did you choose this profession? It makes me happy to help others so having a job that allows me to actually get paid to do that is a no brainier. I love meeting new people so talking and working with people all over the world now is an added bonus!

What’s your strongest personal quality? I’m definitely a people person. I thrive on the energy of those around me.

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why? I hope to learn HTML and coding. To work in this field it would just be an added bonus:)

A little more about Kathryn…

Originally from New Jersey, Kathryn has lived in North Carolina since 1991. She considers NC home. Kathryn has a diverse background in customer service, sales, and support. She thrives on helping others and is passionate about providing customers with the very best service possible.

Kathryn is a graduate from Western Carolina University where she earned a B.S. in Communications and a concentration in Public Relations. She is married with two children. She has a huge heart for animals and in her spare time enjoys volunteering and working out.

A Day In The Life: Jon Hickman

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From: Camden On Gauley, WV
Lives In: Concord, NC
Joined Jackrabbit: September 2013
Job Title: Senior Developer

What is a skill you’d like to learn? Martial arts – to be in better health and have more body discipline. Also, if I ever came across a situation where I needed to defend myself, these skills would be helpful.

What is your favorite childhood memory? My brother and I used to ride our bikes over 10 miles from our house up a dirt road to a swimming hole in the river.  We’d have inner tubes and ride them down the river back to our house. Then, our dad would pick us up and drive us back to the swimming hole to get our bikes.

What is the best compliment you have received? That I am one of the hardest working developers that my manager had worked with in over 10 years.

If you could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be?  I think most possessions are replaceable but I would like to keep a few antiques in my house, photo albums, and my truck.

What is your favorite music? Hard rock.

What is your strongest personal quality? Being tough – not much is going to get to me. My favorite saying is: “Tough times dont last, tough people do.”

Why did you choose this profession? When I was in high school, I took a computer class and we learned how to program. Learning this skill sort of clicked and I knew from then that this was what I wanted to do. During that class, I wrote software to store and calculate statistics for our basketball team – I haven’t stopped writing code since.

A little more about Jon…

Jon has been in the Information Technology industry since 1996 building desktop and web applications using mostly Microsoft products. He has worked on applications for health care, banking, insurance, transportation, governmental, and health care companies. He takes great pride in his work and spends a great deal of time staying on top of new and developing technologies. Jon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Marshall University in Huntington, WV.

He enjoys all things with developing technologies, physical fitness, skiing, travel, and having fun with family and friends.

A Day In The Life: Janet Bartlett

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Hometown: Grass Valley, CA
Current city: Huntersville, NC
Started at Jackrabbit: October 2010
Job Title: Customer Care Representative

If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else, who would you pick and what would you do? Me (but with the body of a 25 yr. old – it’s so much more fun to dress when you have a rockin’ body!) – I would travel the world.

If you could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be?
1. My wedding ring – for the obvious reason: Love 🙂
2. Photos – I love photos and all the memories that come with them.
3. My Car – there is a lot of freedom and independence in easily being able to go where you want, when you want.
4. Passport – will need that to travel the world!
5. Home on the beach – I’ll let you know when I get one.

What is your favorite childhood memory? Camping, building forts in the woods, playing outside.

What is the best compliment you have received? You’ve done a great job raising an independent son.

What is your favorite music? Southern Rock (Lynyrd Skynyrd) or 70’s Rock (Jackson Browne).

What is your strongest personal quality? Easy going.

Why did you choose this profession? I love the flexibility working for Jackrabbit has and the people I work with are awesome. I really enjoy helping people use Jackrabbit to run their business too!

A little more about Janet…

Janet has a diverse working background from Administrative Assistant and Group Sales Manager for two restaurant organizations to the Marketing Administrator for a National Author & Public Speaker. Most recently Janet founded a specialized transportation business in North Carolina. She grew up in Northern California and spent time both in Sonoma and Lake Tahoe before relocating to North Carolina.

Janet spends her free time with her husband & son playing golf, visiting family, and always looking forward to her next trip to the beach.

A Day In The Life: Hannah Woodard

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From:  West Jefferson, NC
Lives In: Concord, NC
Joined Jackrabbit: January 2012
Job Title: Sales Representative

What does a perfect day look like to you? I’d definitely not have any housework! I would be at the beach with my kids and husband – we love spending time at the beach but don’t get to go that often. A beach trip is a treat!

If you could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be? Wedding ring, photos of my family and friends, my son’s Barcelona soccer jersey signed by Messi, our boat, and my lip gloss collection.

What is your favorite music? Top 40 Hits.

What is your strongest personal quality? Being personable – I love talking to other people and really value friendships I have made throughout the years.

How do you spend your free time? We spend a lot of time as a family at sporting events for my children. Between soccer and swimming, there isn’t a whole lot of time left! I do love to go out on the boat and be outside as much as I can.

Why did you choose this profession? My background is in accounting so when I found out that Jackrabbit was an accounts receivable software, I knew the language. I really enjoy helping people understand what the software can do to help them run their business.

A little more about Hannah…

Hannah has several years experience in corporate tax planning including sales, implementation and client service. Hannah graduated from Appalachian State University in 1994 with a BSBA in Accounting. After passing the CPA examination, Hannah served as a Project Manager in the Federal Tax Consulting Practice of Ernst and Young, LLP. She worked closely with clients to help them achieve their business objectives while maximizing earnings.

In February of 2000, Hannah left the corporate world to devote her time to caring for her daughter and two sons. Now she spends most of the her free time with her children at the soccer fields and at swim meets. She also enjoys boating, hiking and vacationing with her family at Bald Head Island.

 

A Day In The Life: Tracey Chantry

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From:  Springfield, VA
Lives In: Mint Hill, NC
Joined Jackrabbit: October 2012
Job Title: Human Resource Specialist

What is your perfect pizza? I love pizza! I would have a thin crust with sausage and green peppers.  

If you could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be? My phone, running shoes, wedding ring, photos from my life, and a car.

What is your favorite book? Og Mandino – The Choice.

What do you feel most proud of? Being a mom and a bonus mom.

What is your favorite music? Classic rock.

What is your strongest personal quality? Being genuine.

How do you spend your free time? I spend it with my family. We like to watch a lot of movies together. We also spend time outside which I love – bike riding, hiking, playing badminton, soccer, etc.

Why did you choose this profession? I sort of fell into this profession. I majored in criminal justice in college. I have worked for a judge and was contemplating working as a probation officer. I saw that was a dark side of life that I wanted to stay away from. I got a different job with another software company as an administrative assistant and have stayed in this field ever since. I like the balance between the legal side and working with the employees.

A little more about Tracey…

Tracey Chantry earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Radford University, and by 1997 had worked her way into the Human Resources profession. Her HR experience is diverse, having worked in Texas as well as North Carolina, in the private, public and non-profit sectors, and in industries such as architecture, cardiology, information technology, manufacturing, and others.

Tracey likes to laugh, she likes to exercise and spend time with her family. She and her husband, Pete, have two boys and a girl between the ages of 21 and 10.