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Rubicon Employee Spotlight: Jackie Beason

 

Growing up on a farm, Rubicon’s Jackie Beason was born into a world of sustainable solutions.

After 20 years with Georgia Pacific, Beason became an expert in all things recyclable. With a passion for procurement and an authority on all-things going in and out of the paper mills, Jackie is a natural fit for her role at Rubicon.

Let’s find out more about our commodity sales superstar:

Question: What is your role at Rubicon?

Answer: My role at Rubicon is to market all of the recyclable commodities. This means OCC, baled film, mixed plastics, paper; lots of valuable materials that we work with.  My official title is “Director of Commodity Sales”.

Question: What sparked your passion for sustainability?

Answer: I have always had a passion for sustainability since I was very young, but in terms of how that passion affects my role? it was really Nate, Perry, and Michael Heller who were the initial catalysts for my passion for Rubicon. They always did what they said they were going to do and that helped ignite that spark for me.

Question: How do you plan to contribute to the RubiCulture?

Answer: I come in every day, on time, with a positive energy. I lead by example. I have extremely high standards and I do what I say I am going to do. I always want to engage, help, and broaden people and I expect the same thing in return. I am “all in.”

Question: Did the fact that Rubicon positions itself as a mission-driven corporation play into your decision to come aboard?

Answer: I had known Perry Moss for many years, as the recycling industry is very intimate, and he approached me about Rubicon. Rubicon is a very compelling story and if you truly believe in the mission and the people – you’re going to want to join this team, make a difference, and help tell this story.

Question: What is one piece of advice you heard in a previous role that you can apply to your current one?

Answer: My mother instilled in me from a young age to “Be the best, strive for greatness, and settle for nothing less”

Question: If any actor (dead or alive) could play you in the movie of your life, who would you cast and why?

Answer: There is no actor but definitely a character. I would have to say, Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, from Game of Thrones.

Question: If you could play any professional sport: what would it be and why?

Answer:  Baseball. I am very competitive and they did not have a fast-pitch softball team at my school so I played on the boys’ team. I pitched with the boys until we got our team.

Question: You’re on a deserted island and a helicopter drops down one food for you daily, what would you eat every day for the rest of your life?

Answer: A good bottle of Cabernet.

Question: What is one eco-responsible action that you try to incorporate into your everyday life?

Answer: Recycle!

Question: Who is your favorite B-Corporation and why?

Answer: Patagonia. I love their clothes and their mission.

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