Jennifer Peterson prides herself in her team-building abilities. At the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott franchise she manages in north Springfield, she’s mentored three new managers since it opened in February 2018. All have been promoted within the ranks of hotel owner O’Reilly Hospitality Management. She also holds monthly team meetings with the goal of working together to achieve financial and service goals.
“With over 17 years of experience in the hospitality industry, this career path has become my passion,” she says. “I enjoy helping others and teaching them how wonderful this career path can be.”
The mother of five also is active on the advisory board of Care to Learn and has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks and Harmony House.
What was your first job? Front desk at University Plaza Hotel. I was 16 years old and always knew I wanted to work in hotels.
How many times do you hit the snooze button? Usually two or three. I set my alarm for 4:30 a.m. to workout before work.
What’s your most treasured possession? My wedding band. I love my husband and want everyone to know it!
Have you ever met a celebrity? Working in the hotel industry, you get to meet celebrities. Kind of a perk!
What app gets you through the day? Pinterest. Sometimes, I need to zone out and look at pretty clothes and decorating.
Cuban cuisine arrived on C-Street with the opening of La Habana Vieja; independent brokerage Gateway Real Estate opened its first office; and a veteran of the restaurant industry invested in her first food truck.
Barak Hill gives advice based on what he learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected his business. He says we should all have a backup plan ready to use.
Sandy Higgins, owner of the Crackerjack Shack, recommends the book "The E-Myth Mastery" by Michael E Gerber. She says it changed the course of how she runs her business.
Aaron York describes the work culture he tries to foster at Donco3 and why he attributes to it a part of Donco3's success. Rachel York is a co-owner of Donco3 and Aaron is the General Superintendent.
Hollie Elliott, executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, explains how local schools factor into business decisions and affect a local community.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, says an important lesson she learned was not to over-expand and to do her research before hand. She gives examples from her experience as a startup business owner.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and are now celebrating 50 years of business. Jim Meinsen takes some time to explain his philosophy on debt, and how to stay out of it.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football, says the early grind was hard, but it was worth it. The team is in their second season carrying a national ranking of number 2 in the NFA IDFL.
Barak Hill, local musician and entrepreneur, tells about his switch to livestreaming in 2020. He says it was a necessary move, but also not an easy one.
Jessica Burkland, a SCORE mentor and an instructor at the MSU Department of Management, gives us a rundown of the non-profit organization SCORE. SCORE stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives and offers free consultation and advice to business owners.
Hollie Elliott, the executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, discusses some of the ways helping small town businesses is different than in larger cities. The Dallas County Economic Development Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit aimed at helping local existing and new businesses in the county.