March 06, 2020 | | Connex News
In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, the Connex Women in Action Committee is launching an interview series of Connex Women in Action. The inaugural interview is with WIA Committee Co-Chair, Jessica Fumo, Manager of Facilities, Tattoo Removal Partners.
What led you to this career?
In college, one of my professors referred me for an internship in the “physical plant” of the college. I had no clue what that meant and was kind of scared of whatever I was getting myself into but I was honored to be referred and was happy to have the opportunity. I loved it and due to unfortunate circumstances in the office, after just a couple weeks I ran the office solo. I was forced to think outside the box, I planted my ideas, learned a lot (like what HVAC was ha!), built the BEST relationships, and learned how to deal with different personalities and still get my job done. It was an amazing experience, and where it all started 15 years ago! Thank you to Mrs. Longhi!
What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?
I am most proud (and not sure what can top it) of being awarded the 2019 Young Professional of the Year award for PRSM. From being nominated then actually winning the award, I have never been more humbled and proud.
What energizes you outside of work?
My kids. They have gifted me the best job and the only job I was meant to have and that’s being their mother. I enjoy coaching them in sports (and life!), being their support system (through the good, bad and the ugly!), teaching them and being real with them. They are my reason to keep going and also the reason I have bags under my eyes but they’re worth it!
What three words would your friends use to describe you?
Sincere, Competitive, Optimistic (I did take a poll for this question and one special friend gave me their 3 words to best describe me as “extremely high maintenance” and I cannot confirm or deny that statement! 😊
If you could only eat one item for every meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
I would venture to the business development world in our industry. I love connecting with people and who better to “sell” a service than someone who has been on the other side, doing it for 15 years and knows many in’s and out’s of the business. It would be natural to me (I think!)
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The Connex Women in Action Committee supports the advancement and introduction of women into the facilities management industry through Giving Back, Professional Development and Networking.
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