Conscientious, Hardworking. Thoughtful.
Issue: June 2022
Jeffords Steel and Engineering Company, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Hometown: Chazy, NY
Education: Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Studies from Northeastern University, Doctorate of Pharmacy from Northeastern University and Master of Business Administration from Norwich University
It took bravery to make a dramatic career shift from pharmacist to Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of a manufacturing company. Alexandra “Alex” Jeffords Fessette did exactly that. Capitalizing on a family tradition committed to excellence, Alex brings her multi-faceted skills to be the next generation of Jeffords Steel & Engineering Company.
How do you contribute to the culture of your company?
My parents worked hard to establish Jeffords Steel and to create a family-oriented environment. I strive to keep these same values, and I hope that when people think of Jeffords Steel, this comes to mind. I believe that company culture begins with leadership, and I always try to lead by example. Fostering a positive work environment, treating others with respect, being empathetic and transparent, and always coming to work with a smile are some of the ways I contribute to the culture at Jeffords Steel.
What are you doing to make a difference in your community?
Every year I provide support to several organizations throughout our region on a personal level and through corporate donations and gifts.
What is the single most important characteristic for success?
Having an open mind can contribute to new opportunities and growth. Forward-thinking is essential in our ever-changing world in order to stay relevant and competitive.
What is your biggest professional success?
Looking back, I am genuinely proud of myself for changing professions and joining Jeffords Steel.
What important lesson have you learned in your career?
Being aware of your personal strengths and weaknesses and then build a strength-based team that will allow you to achieve goals you may not have thought possible.
What is your dream job?
I’ve always had a knack for interior design and architecture. I certainly am not going back to school or changing my career, but I have a creative side that I like to showcase and share.
What is the biggest risk you have ever taken?
What is something that no one would guess about you?
I can’t help but think of sharks whenever I get into a swimming pool!
Write a note to your younger self…
Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams. Do what makes you happy and fulfills you and disregard what others may think of you. You only live once. Eat the cake, go on the vacation and take time to smell the roses!
What can the North Country can do to make this area more appealing to a younger generation?
I would love to see more activities on the waterfront and more support for child care and healthy options for families.