Name: Jamie Johnson
Role: Retail Trade Show Coordinator
Years with Nordic Naturals: 10
What do you do at Nordic Naturals, and what do you like best about your job?
I’m in charge of coordinating our presence at industry events—shows where people come by to sample our products and talk to us about what we do. I basically take care of all the logistics involved—travel, booth setup and break down, shipping the necessary products and supplies, that kind of thing. The title I put on my event badge sometimes is Trade Show Ringleader, because these large events can definitely feel like a circus.
What I like best about my job is hearing directly from the people who take our products every day. I can’t tell you how many times people have told me personally how much they appreciate our supplements. To me, that is very rewarding.
Where did you grow up, and how has that place influenced you?
I was born and raised right here in Watsonville. Because I’ve always lived here, I’m not sure how it has influenced me. But I do see that Watsonville, which is really a multicultural environment, has allowed me to experience other cultures without stepping out of my comfort zone. I have a lot of family here, and that’s ultimately what keeps me around. I travel a lot for work, so that’s a nice balance.
What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?
I don’t really think about raising kids as an accomplishment, but I guess it is. I have four, and as long as they grow up to be good, strong, independent thinkers, then my mission is complete. If they’re capable of taking care of themselves and don’t have to rely on anyone else, then I’ve done what I needed to do. I take things one day at a time. As long as I’m where I’m supposed to be, then I’m doing alright.
What is something about you that few people know?
I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd. Not the movies, just the books. And I’m a huge audio books fan. If you see me with my headphones on, more than likely I’m listening to a book. I’m really into futuristic stories with strong warrior characters. And anything with magic. I’m such a nerd!
What Nordic Naturals products do you take? Any favorites you’d like to share?
I take quite a few—our Nordic Flora Probiotic Daily, Ultimate Omega 2X, Omega Curcumin, and a product from our professional line that combines fish oil with with GLA. When I was pregnant, I took our Prenatal DHA, and I thought that made a huge difference.
What does living “healthfully” mean to you?
To me, it means enjoying what you do each day, and the people you work with. Because you spend so much of your time at work! If I’m having a bad day, I try to not take it home with me. I leave it where it needs to be. If I have a book I’m listening to, I take the long way home and try to get lost in the story. That helps me get out of my own head. If I’m at work, I try to step away from my desk and go do something physical to help relieve the tension—go for a walk, go to the gym… whatever I need to do to get that physical relief.
Posing with the family: (bottom left to right) Kea, Helena, Gabriel, and Kyra; (top) Jamie and Brian.
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