Jessica Gard

VP Human Resources

Favorite Quote: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweizter

Philosophy

Jessica's Philosophy

Core Values are more than just words on a wall; they are the heart of the organization. A strong culture starts with a set of Core Values that the employees stand behind. A strong culture starts at the top, and spreads throughout. KPA is not just a place to work, but it is a family of people who live and breathe the Core Values. The Core Values and their impact on the KPA culture impact everything I do, leading the human resources team at KPA. I love being able to bring this passion to every aspect of my job.

Background

Personal

I am completely addicted to the outdoors and exercise. I grew up in Steamboat Springs, CO and I enjoy hiking, biking, walking, running, skiing, snowboarding, and playing golf. I work hard but I love to spend time with family, especially traveling to places I’ve never been.

Education

I have a Bachelors in Marketing and a Masters in Business Administration with a focus on Change Management, both from the University of Colorado. Additionally, I am certified as a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR), Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and Certified Benefits Professional (CBP)

Experience

Professional

I bring 13 years of combined experience in human resources / sales / marketing, including global leadership at Swedish-owned Thule Corporation and board-level involvement at publicly-traded Heska Corporation (NASDAQ: HSKA). Since joining KPA I’ve been able to use my background and experience to invigorate our culture through community involvement and recognition programs, improve communication and transparency at the corporate level, align with marketing to strengthen employer branding, create structure around compensation, performance management, recruiting, and onboarding, and focus on professional development for our team.

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