Operations Manager at Inline Lighting and Electric Supply

College/University attended?

Troy University, Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing and Advertising

A little about Jennifer… 

Jennifer was born and raised in South Alabama.  While in school, she worked for a family-owned general contractor.  After graduation, she moved to Montgomery for a position in newspaper ad sales.  From there, she was recruited to work for the largest home builder in the tri-county area where she earned her real estate license and worked in the company’s largest new home community.  In Montgomery, she met her husband, Grant, and they soon made Chattanooga their home.  Since living in Chattanooga, she has worked in distribution and is currently employed by a local, employee-owned lighting and electrical distributor.  

Jennifer loves to volunteer and enjoys being a member of many philanthropic and professional groups.  She currently serves on the board of directors for the Associated General Contractors of East Tennessee and has served on the boards of the Junior League of Chattanooga, Chattanooga Chamber Midtown Council, and the Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association.  She is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Chattanooga.  She has volunteered with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Ronald McDonald House, Salvation Army, and Chattanooga Food Bank.  

Jennifer has been married to her husband, Grant, for 16 years.  They live on Signal Mountain with their two sons—Grayson, 12, and Winston, 8.

What motivates you? 

My family and my desire to help others.  I love connecting people and resources and playing any part in others’ successes.

When you’re not working, where and how do you spend your time?

 At home with my husband and two sons—we love sports, traveling, and spending time with extended family.

What advice do you have for women aspiring to be leaders in their field?

Surround yourself with good people who continually support and challenge you.  Network whenever possible.  Take opportunities that scare you a bit.  Be good to yourself.  Ask for help when you need it.  Celebrate the victories.

Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Why and how did this person impact your life?

I have been fortunate to have had strong females throughout my entire life.  Each of them has taught me something different but very important.  Some of the best lessons that I have learned is how to treat people well including myself.  

What has been your proudest moment in your career?

I have been recruited twice to open branch locations in new markets.  This included getting the site/building ready, furnishing it, stocking inventory, staffing, and all other logistic-related tasks.  It was a lot of hard work and took a good bit of time and organization.  Both locations launched successfully and continue to thrive.

What strides do you think members can take to make more of a difference in women’s leadership issues in the local community?

Chattanooga is such a wonderful, collaborative community that sometimes progresses in silos.  We benefit from sharing ideas, supporting one another, and having some open and honest discussions about our unique challenges and potential solutions.  Advocacy work and encouraging women to be involved in policy and decision-making would be beneficial as well.

How would you best describe the benefit found in joining this organization? 

I have found that with most things, you certainly do get out of it what you put into it.  I am looking forward to becoming more involved with CWLI and being rewarded with lasting relationships as well personal and professional development.