Meet Our People: Jennifer Kirk

June 12, 2019

Compass Group is only as strong as its people—so it’s a good thing we have some seriously amazing people. Here’s your chance to get to know one of the folks who make us altogether great.

Jennifer Kirk has been a Canteen regional sales director in California for 10 years. The pasta lover shares how she likes to unplug – literally, in a rustic cabin with no electricity or plumbing.

What’s the first thing you do at work each morning?
I grab a cup of coffee and go through my emails.

What is something at work you’re especially good at?
Getting along with my coworkers and clients.

What are you currently reading and watching?
Reading “The Yoga Mind” by Rina Jakubowicz, listening to the audiobook “Medium Raw” by Anthony Bourdain and watching the news – local and BBC World News America.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to travel. I try to take one big trip a year. I just got back from India and I think it was one of the best trips I have ever taken. The food and people were amazing and the spiritual element was fascinating.

In the summer, I like to go to our family cabin in the Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s very rustic, with no electricity or plumbing, and it really allows you to unplug. We usually do a lot of hiking, canoeing, card playing, and spend quality time with friends, family and enjoying nature.

My family and a few friends live in Napa, which is only about an hour away, so I go up there often on the weekends. It’s a beautiful region of California and there’s always good food and wine!

I love trying new restaurants and food, which is why it’s important – and fortunate for me – that I enjoy working out. I try to mix it up: hiking with friends, running, yoga, hitting the gym and working out at home with free weights. I also enjoy reading.

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever been given?
Do what you love.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Compass?
The people I work with at Compass and the clients I meet.

If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pasta – I love carbs!

If you could travel somewhere right now, where would you go and why?
Cuba. I think it would be very interesting, a bit like stepping back in time.

If you could have a super-power, what would it be and why?
Flying. I think it would be very cool to be able to soar through the sky!

Why did you join Compass?
It was important to me that I work for the best company in the industry.