December 5, 2017
The Cority team is made up of industry experts that understand the unique pain points and challenges that EHSQ teams face on a daily basis. This blog series highlights Cority team members who are using their industry expertise to continuously improve the Cority platform to meet and exceed the needs of our customers.
In this month's spotlight, we bid a fond farewell to long-time Cority employee, Jill Brown, VP of Professional Services, who is retiring. Jill has been an integral part of the company since 1999 and has worked in the occupational health and safety fields since 1991. Since assuming her current role in 2007, she has grown the Professional Services function year over year and manages a team of business analysts, developers and environmental management, occupational health, industrial hygiene, and safety subject matter experts.
Name: Jill Brown
Job Title: VP, Professional Services
Location: Panora, Iowa
I grew up in a very small town in Iowa, with a graduating class of a whopping 42 people. I went to nursing school and was torn between this path and going for an English and Journalism major. Nursing school won out and it has proven to be a good choice. After obtaining my RN diploma I went on to finish a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Graceland University. I have worked in mental health nursing, orthopaedics and the majority of the time in an occupational health nursing role.
I joined Cority (then Medgate) in 1999 as a consultant….no interview or anything, just Murray Balcom saying he wanted to hire me. I have worked in many roles throughout my career with Cority including a bit of time in marketing and product management. The majority of my time here has been spent assisting the sales team and in the Professional Services area.
I enjoy life with my husband, Kent, my two kids Grant (27) and Kara (26) and my two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. I’m thrilled to have a new son-in-law and soon will have a new daughter-in-law.
Q: What do you love most about your job at Cority?
I love working with so many talented people who day after day put in the work toward the ultimate goal for the Professional Services Department – which is implementing a customer to success. It’s not an easy role and the grit these individuals show, not to mention their sheer talent in the EHS world, humbles me every day and makes me so proud to lead them. I also really love talking to potential customers about Cority and what we do. Last, but not least, I thoroughly enjoy the employees who have reached out to me to individually coach and mentor them. It’s a true honor.
Q: What's your favorite thing to do outside of work hours?
Spending time with my adult children, reading, cooking, boating, and helping others.
Q: What is the last book you've read?
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.
Q: If you could switch roles with someone in the company for a day, who would you switch with and why?
I would switch with Marlene da Costa who is Cority’s head of Human Resources because I’m very passionate about the culture of Cority and she makes life look fun!!
Q: What are your biggest pet peeves?
Littering and people who do not return their carts to the cart rack in a parking lot.
Q: What is one achievement or experience at Cority that you're most proud of?
There are many, many experiences at Cority that I am most proud of, so I’ll select two.
The first is to have been able to be such a significant part of the evolution of our occupational health product and to know that it has helped the company realize so much success over the years.
The second is, I am also darn proud of being part of the successful growth and great culture story at Cority. To have been a part of the building of a company such as this, is my life’s work, aside from raising two great kids. It’s humbling, to say the least, to look back over the past 18+ years and reminisce about Medgate/Cority, where we have come from and where we are today. I’ll always be cheering on this company, even through my retirement days.
Q: If you were given $40,000 to start your own business, what kind of business would you start?
A leadership and development coaching business.
Q: Tell us something that not many people know about you:
I used to write poetry a long time ago and I hope that during my retirement, this creativity is once again uncovered.
A Note from Mark Wallace, President and CEO, Cority:
"I congratulate Jill on her retirement, but it’s a big loss for the business and for all of us who love so much working with her. We would not be the company we are today without her massive contributions - leagues of successful client implementations, the closer for so many OH sales, product leadership, the list is endless. But, her greatest contribution is she set the standard for the core values of the company: care about customers and treat employees well. We will miss her, but Jill will, somehow, always be part of the Cority family."
From all of us at Cority, we wish you a wonderful, fulfilling retirement, Jill!
Stay tuned for next month's installment of the Cority Spotlight to learn about another one of our industry experts.