Jill Linville, Jacksons Food Stores


Her 20 years with the company have given her experiences from being a fuel attendant to VP

Jill Linville started her career with Jacksons Food Stores 20 years ago as a fuel attendant at Store No. 13, pumping fuel for customers in the full-service state of Oregon. She rose through the company's ranks quickly, gaining experience as a store manager, district manager and regional manager before achieving her current role as vice president of operations, a job she's held since July 2009. Linville and her husband of 15 years, Ralph, own a ranch in Oregon where they raise Black Angus cattle and grow hay for sale. A horse named Pistol is her favorite of the seven living on the ranch, and she counts Bandit, her Border Collie, as her trusty sidekick and a good cow dog.

What is your favorite place to visit?

The Oregon coast. I love to walk along the beach, hear the crashing waves and smell the salt in the cool air.

What actor would play you in a movie about your life?

Angie Harmon. She tells it like it is.

If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chips and salsa. I love Mexican food.

What is your favorite day of the week and why?

Wednesday. Once I've made it through that day, I know I'm on the downhill side and can make it to the weekend.

If you could be another person for a day, who would you be and why?

The President. I'd just like to know what it's like to have the Oval Office be my office.

What do you do when you are stressed out?

Ride horses. I own several, so after a long day, I saddle one up and head out over the horizon on our 268-acre ranch. Just my horse, my dogs and myself. It's nice to ride out, see the newborn calves and have the cows chase the dogs when they get too close. Riding gives me a new perspective on things.

If you were to change careers, what would you want to do?

Be a youth counselor. Before retail, I worked with troubled kids at a youth ranch. It was a very challenging job, but also very rewarding.

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