Name: Jessica Lovatt
Company name: VMA
Company location: Ormond Beach
Title: VP of Sales and Marketing
What was your first job?
Assistant to Shirley and Mahyar Okhovatian
What is one thing you're most proud about in your professional career?
The ability to help our local manufacturers get better, faster, and stronger to become industrial powerhouses that provide higher wage careers to our citizens which provides better lives for their families.
Specific accomplishments/ successes this past year:
The VMA first annual Robot Brawl! 2019 was the first year for the stand alone Robot Brawl. We had 31 competing bots in three separate size categories. Each bot competed for $1,750 in prize money in their categories and it was quite a show! We had over 1,000 attendees arrive at Jackie Robinson Ball Park on Saturday, Oct. 5, to support our area elementary, middle and High School students show off their creativity and intelligence. Its not very often Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math students get their their own 'Super Bowl' to showcase everything they know. It was great to see the community come out in force to support this live and exciting spectator 'sport' of battling bots! I would say this was my biggest accomplishment in 2019 however it wouldn't have been possible if the Lou Fifer Education Scholarship Golf Tournament wasn't such a huge success in 2019. We filled both of LPGA's courses with 288 golfers!
The day was so amazing and an absolute blast!
We raised the most money this year in the history of the tournament allowing us to bulk up the prize money for the Robot Brawl. It was awe inspiring!
Professional background and successes:
• 2006 Inducted into Premier Club for the Top 15 Territory Sales Managers in the United States for Prime Source Building Products
• 2013 Helped Found Apollo Packaging a premier packaging company in Jacksonville
• 2014 Accepted the VP of Sales and Marketing role at VMA the states premier manufacturers association
• 2018 Founded Lagniappe Experiences A corporate event planning company
Volunteer work & community involvement:
Tiger Bay, United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Halifax Humane Society, ERAU and many more
Annual community service hours:
1,000 to 2,000