Name: Jomarie Perlas
Company/School: North Park University
Job title/Year: Senior, Class of 2018
Tell us about yourself. (Educational professional background) What do you do in supply chain?
My name is Jomarie, and I’m from the Northwest suburbs of the Greater Chicago Area. I’m currently in my final year at North Park University, a small private college located on the North Side of Chicago, IL.
As of right now I’m studying to get my undergraduate degree in Business and Economics, with a concentration in Marketing—I love it. I know it’s not quite the same field as Operations or Supply Chain, but I believe the two intersect in some ways. To me it’s almost like a symbiotic relationship, where both are necessary to build a well-functioning backbone of any business providing a good or service: both aim to understand what the market wants and how a company or organization can live up to the market’s expectations.
Long-term, my dream is to start my own business. I truly believe in the power of the for-profit using money for good, conscious capitalism and sustainability as a source for change. But before any of this can happen, I know that I have to work my way there. So I’m ready to graduate, and take on the professional world!
What cool thing are you working on now?
At the moment I’m working as a student researcher for my university’s research study program, titled NPRESS. I have the privilege of working alongside Professor Mark Gavoor—the Operations Professor for our college’s School of Business and Nonprofit Management—as his third co-investigator in a continuation of a study on inventory and cash. We are combining his experience in Operations and Supply Chain Management with my knowledge in Marketing to conduct a survey. We’re actually partnering with Beet Fusion in getting the word out there; you can read more about it here!
Professor Gavoor was a former director at The Colgate-Palmolive Company and has spoken on panels, appeared in webinars and presented at conferences (not to mention he has his own consulting firm), so it’s an honor having someone with so much experience mentoring me along the way.
How did you get interested in supply chain as a career? (If supply chain isn’t specifically your career, how is your career related to supply chain and what interested you in the supply chain aspect of it?)
A book—that’s what got me interested in Supply Chain. I didn’t even realize it back then! When I was a senior in high school, I remember reading an incredibly creative book titled Mission in a Bottle, written by Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff, the co-founders of the company Honest Tea. I can recall reading a lot about distribution and warehousing, and found myself instantly intrigued. At the time I had no idea that they were talking about Operations Management and the Supply Chain, but looking back in retrospect, I can see that it was practically what the entire book was focused on! That book has played a pivotal role in shaping my future plans. So although I’m a Marketing major, this is why it’s important for me to get educated on many areas of the business sector, including not just Operations but Finance, Advertisement, Public Relations and even Communications, to name a few.
What is your best piece of career advice?
We’re people in process, which means sometimes we take three steps forward and two steps back. Finding joy in the process is important, too.
What hobbies do you pursue in your leisure time?
Rest and play is important to me, just as much as a good, hard work ethic. So I make sure to allot time for reading, photography, watching movies, and playing outdoors—simply spending quality time in solitude, and with loved ones overall. I have an affinity for the arts and a mindset for people.
What topics are you most excited about discussing with other members in Beet Fusion?
Being a young adult preparing herself to enter the professional world full-time, I’m excited to gain insight and advice from those who have more experience under their belt. I want to learn how they got there, why they’re there, and where do they want to go next. Growth and mentoring are huge in my book; I deeply respect those who take their time to walk alongside others and build them up with encouragement.