Women in Industry 2018 Spotlight — Jessica Kolaitis
To coincide with our annual Women in Industry issue, Supply House Times will spotlight a new PHCP-PVF supply chain female executive each day during the work week in the month of March. If you would like to be included or know of someone who should be included in our 2019 presentation, email Chief Editor Mike Miazga at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Company: Tim Morales & Associates (Mobile, Alabama)
Position: Accounting and operations manager (7 years)
How did you get in the industry?
A mutual friend knew our president (Tim Morales) and connected us.
What do you like the most about your job/company you work for?
I enjoy that our company is like a team. We all try to help one another and pitch in even if it’s not our primary responsibility. Everyone wants the business to grow. If one is successful then we all are. I also enjoy not only helping our customers but seeing them be successful and grow.
How important do you feel it is to attract young professionals into this industry?
I think it is very important to bring the younger generation into this industry. The youth is the workforce of tomorrow and if you want your company to be a player long-term, you must have engaged younger employees.
How important do you feel it is to attract women into the industry?
I believe women bring a different perspective not only to business but to this industry. Women troubleshoot, problem-solve and think differently. And in a male-dominated profession, these attributes make them more valuable. You also want the most qualified to fill positions and there are many qualified women who aren’t getting the same opportunities as their male counterparts.