We are very excited to welcome the newest addition to the JP team, Kiah Tiftick!
Kiah brings more than six years of account management experience and a large
portfolio of work in agriculture and technology. Kiah’s innate care for her clients and knowledge in a wide array of industries allow her to relate to her clients and their goals.
During her free time, Kiah is an advocate for developing and promoting women in the agriculture industry through her volunteer work as the vice president of the Central Valley California Women for Agriculture.
To get to know Kiah better and get a peek inside her world, we asked her some interesting questions.
Before working at JP, what was the most unusual or interesting job you ever had?
I was a server for five years, and while that is not unusual, it was exceptionally interesting. My service industry experience opened my eyes to the human condition.
What are you most looking forward to in your new role?
SO many things! I’m looking forward to working in a business savvy, yet creative place. I’m ecstatic to showcase my clients’ amazing products and services to the public. Most importantly, I’m excited to work with businesses of all shapes and sizes that contribute to the success and continued growth of the San Joaquin Valley.
What advice would you give yourself when you were first starting your career?
I would advise myself to work hard and love what I do, give generously, live modestly, and experience the world. These are words I live by now, but it took me awhile to figure it out.
What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee and why?
Steve Inskeep, a long time journalist on NPR. I’m fascinated to learn about his travels and experiences. I’d want to ask him, “What has been his most challenging interview you’ve had to lead?”
What’s your favorite type of food?
This is the hardest question. I think the easiest way to answer this is to state what foods I don’t like….bacon and cucumbers. I LOVE food from all different cultures.
If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be?
A ring-tailed lemur. It is an extremely social animal that lives in a matriarchal society….me to a tee.
If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?
I would’ve paid more attention in my Spanish classes! I took three years of Spanish in high school and my only goal was to get good grades. Looking back on it now, I wish I had taken the time to learn the language, practice, and absorb it because Spanish is so prevalent in the Central Valley.
What was your favorite subject in school?
Art. I loved the creative freedom.