Get To Know Latricia Jones

The face behind accounting at TAG.

 

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We sat down with our very own, Latricia Jones to get know what makes Latricia…well, Latricia.

 

We’re so glad you’re here, Latricia! Rumor has it you’re a Davenport native?

I am! I’ve lived in Davenport since ‘91, but moved away for a few years. Now I’m back!

We’re sure happy you decided to return. What’s one thing you missed while you were gone?

The farmer’s market and being able to go down by the riverfront anytime I want! I also love that there’s always something going on. From fairs to festivals, you can always find something to do.

We agree! What is the best thing to happen to you in the past month?

I found out I got this job! I was so excited to return to Davenport. I had a matter of days to pack and move here, but was so thrilled!

We may be a little biased, but we think TAG is a pretty great place to work. Why do you like working right in the heart of Davenport?

I like to walk down to the River Center and sit and eat lunch. Because TAG is located right downtown you always get the scoop on what’s going on.

 And your favorite part about working at TAG so far?

TAG gave me the opportunity to come back home!

…and what are you most excited for?

I am looking forward to seeing how TAG will help me grow professionally. I would love to see different aspects of the company and become well-rounded.

When the clock strikes 5 o’clock, where can we find you?

Half-way down the street. I always have a million things to do and a life that needs me. I might have to run to the store, clean, mow, cook dinner for my daughter…

 You’re making me hungry! What’s on the menu for tonight?

Italian parmesan crusted pork chops, some green beans, potatoes and rice…

And for dessert?

Peach cobbler!

Have room for one more? If you could cook a meal for anyone in the world who would it be?

I’d cook for my grandmother, to say thank you. I would make her a beef wellington, because it requires a lot of love and detail – it’s not cheap either! It’s not a meal you can just throw into the oven, you really have to take your time and put effort into it. I’d throw in her favorite sides, too!

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

It’s not really advice, but the best thing I’ve been told is “I knew you could do it, I never doubted you.” To me that was very encouraging because it reaffirmed the fact that I have cheerleaders right behind me cheering me on.

That’s such great advice. What’s one thing you’re most proud of accomplishing?

Going back to college. At the time I had to balance caring for a young daughter as a single parent and working three jobs to pay for school all while taking full-time classes. I don’t think anyone ever has an excuse not to go back to school, you can, it’s just not going to be easy.

Did you always know you wanted to get into accounting?

I have been good at math ever since I could count. My mom always told me I would do something with numbers. I’m pretty good with words too! My mom used to call me her “little dictionary.”

It sounds like you’re pretty close with your family. What’s your favorite family tradition?

Vacationing! We love to take big family vacations every couple of years.

Where’s next on the list of destinations?

We don’t have any plans right now, but I’ll go wherever they want to go. I’d really like to go to Fiji, but I’m saving for a house, so that comes first!

You’ve probably caught on by now, but here at TAG we love a good donut. So, we’re dying to know, are you a donut person?

I do like donuts! My favorite are glazed and cake!

 

We are so thrilled to welcome Latricia to the TAG family and know she will be such a great addition to our accounting team. Keep your eye peeled for more TAG employee highlights to come and while you’re waiting, check out our website to learn more about the talented individuals that make up TAG!

It’s the night before Christmas, and these faces will get you edited out of family photos

A Christmas story told with the help of Director of Digital Services Anne Spoden

Whether you have a go-to pose or just can’t even by the time family photo time rolls around, take notes as we tell you the story of how NOT to take a holiday photo this year!

Twas the night before Christmas, when all throughout TAG,
We got a lesson on posing from the singular Anne.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
Anne stood by the tree with her usual flair.
See, while we in the office typed away at our desks,
Visions of family photos danced in our heads.
I writing content and Anne writing estimates,
Had just settled down after yesterday’s Festivus,
When Anne suddenly started and rose to her feet,
Exasperated with photos on her Facebook Newsfeed.
“We have to end this madness,” said she,
And we both ventured out by the HAVlife tree.

The first common face that we struck from the list
Was the duck face—half-closed eyes and pursed lips.

Then appeared the face that you throw
When you’re so over it—and want everyone to know.

The next face, though cheery, we forbid you to make;
Let’s just call it the “too much wine peace” face.

This “excited to be here” face is too much,
Though genuine, tone it down just a touch!

We call this one the “I refuse to smile after those
offensive comments you made during dinner” pose.

 

Her eyes all a-twinkle, having said her short piece,
Anne returned to her desk with a sigh of relief.
We in the office all oohed and we aahed;
Anne’s expertise earned her rounds of applause.
Now we had a guide; we had no need to dread,
And those awkward family photos flew from our heads.
She sprang back to her work, to her team gave a wink,
And away we all went, working together in sync.
So, from the TAG team to you, from our office so bright,
Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!