Every so often, our editorial staff selects one aftermarket industry professional to get to know a little better. In this new feature, participants are asked to respond to a series of questions that can be answered in about the same amount of time you might spend chatting at the office coffee pot or waiting for an elevator. This week, we hear from Jennifer Ortiz, AAP, managing director, communications, for the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). In addition to her role of helping to create AAIA’s award-winning publications, Ortiz is an avid cook and distance runner. In fact, she just recently completed her first full marathon.
What was your first job in the industry?
Manager, publications, AAIA – started in 2002; promoted to director, communications, in 2004; then to managing director, communications, in 2011.
What do you like best about your current position?
The variety of things I get to do every day, and the opportunity to be both really organized and also really creative (two things I love). And honestly, I really love my team and my colleagues – AAIA is a very special work environment, unfailingly supportive and positive, and I appreciate how unique that is.
Did you initially intend to pursue a career in the aftermarket? If not, what drew you to the industry and what keeps you here?
I didn’t. My degree is in English, so I got here through my editing and design experience, and once I got to know the genuine, hardworking people in this industry, I’ve never looked back.
What do you do when not at work?
I am a distance runner, and an enthusiastic and joyful cook, and of course I love to spend time with my lovely husband of 11 years and our two ridiculous miniature dachshunds.
What one word best sums up your personality?
I think I’m a grateful person.
Do you have a hidden talent?
I am a trained tap dancer.
Who is on your dream dinner party guest list?
Nigella Lawson, Bill Cosby, my late grandmother and my husband.
“This too shall pass.” I love this expression because it helps you get through the bad times, but more importantly, reminds you to really enjoy the good ones.
If you would like to participate in “Five Minutes With” or know someone who would be a great candidate, contact AMN Editor Amy Antenora by clicking here.