Jackie (Carrouth Garner) Wilson is a lifelong Tallahassee lassie! Although she was not born here, she has been here since she was 2 and although there were many opportunities, over the years, to leave, she 'chose' to stay in the city she loves!
Jackie graduated from Leon High School and went directly to Florida State University, having been accepted in November of her Senior year of high school. She never even applied to another school. She was determined to be a Seminole. She continues to love her Alma Mater and swears she bleeds Garnet & Gold!
Jackie was a Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising (double major) graduate with minors in Art (heavy in Fashion Illustration), Business and Interior Design. She had to get special permission, each quarter to take over-load hours, in order to finish when she wanted to. Even with all the extra load, she finished 2 terms earlier than the normal schedule would have been (less than 4 years).
Jackie was married after her first year of college and worked full-time hours throughout her college years. She worked in the fashion industry, for a while, including with a Fashion Designer and then Retail Management with several National chain stores, but then joined her husband to manage their plumbing company, where she found her "calling."
The Building/Construction Industry was where she stayed.from then-on.or something that kept her connected to it. After a downturn in the industry, in the early '80s, and several contractors leaving them high & dry (not paying for their work), Jackie and her husband both moved on to other industry jobs. Jackie knew she had found her 'home' in construction and never looked back!!
Jackie eventually found an opportunity with the Tallahassee Builders Association (TBA), as the Executive VP/CEO and was there for 21 years, She felt that she could relate to every member of the association as, by this time she had been a contractor/builder, sub- contractor, and a supplier of goods and services. She was at home organizing events, fund-raisers, meetings, conferences, working with boards, budgets and deadlines.
During her first year on the job, Jackie found herself excited to be pregnant (with a second husband, who was also in the industry). Her son Robby, now 34 and married, grew up as a fixture in/at the NAWIC meeting and activities, as well as the ones at TBA. He was roofing on Habitat projects, during Spring Break at 8 years old.and loving it! There was never any question that he would have a career in the industry that both his parents were in. He is now a Project Manager with a local road building firm.
Jackie has had several City and/or County Commission appointments, over the years.including the Leon County Construction Industry Licensing Board and currently serves on the Tallahassee/Leon County Advisory Committee on Quality Growth.
Jackie joined NAWIC in 1978 and has enjoyed the many friendships made over the years. She feels that she benefits from attending every meeting/conference/convention, no matter the size. She is a believer in learning from counterparts and contemporaries and bringing something back to the table.whether for the good of your company, for your career/professional growth or for your personal growth. There is no way to put a value on the contacts you make, and you never know what/how they may benefit you in the long run.
Jackie has served the Tallahassee Chapter as President 6 separate terms, over the years and served as Region 3 National Director (a position on the National Board) 1985/86.Jackie's theme as NAWIC Regional Director was "Value Your NAWIC Membership & Take Pride In It" She still believes in that message!
Jackie had retired for almost 2 years, just contracting part-time, but found herself 'bored' with so little to do.then she started being pursued by Metronet, even without ever applying for a job. Turns out.one of 'those' contacts, from several years before, had told the Metronet people that Jackie Wilson was the person they needed to fill their Marketing Coordinator position. After a call from their Corporate office, to set an interview, locally.then two more interviews, by phone, with upper level management in the Corporate office (Indiana), Jackie currently works as the Marketing Coordinator for Metronet's Florida Market. Metronet is the new 100% Fiber Optic Internet, TV and Phone service that is the latest in technology and an alternative to cable. Metronet entered Tallahassee approx. 18 months ago and has run well over 200 miles of underground conduit throughout the city and is now connecting residences and businesses to the service.
Jackie continues to serve the Tallahassee Chapter with her local knowledge and outgoing personality! She inspires us every day and we look forward to many more years of her sparkle.