Meet Benefits Manager Patti Jones

Patti Jones joined the Star team in October 2020. While she’s only been a Star for a little over a month, Patti brings a wealth of experience to our company. Prior to Star, she worked at Huntington Bank for 37 years with the majority of her tenure supporting Employee Benefits in some capacity.  

Her previous roles included Benefits Administrator/Benefits Manager and Operations Manager. In the former, her focus was on supporting employee health and welfare plans. The latter revolved around Benefit system setup and ensuring that day-to-day functions supporting the benefits plans were handled properly. 

“I am excited to be working at a smaller company where I will be able to give more individualized attention to our employees on their benefits and HR needs,” Patti said.

Patti has lived most of her life in Columbus, until a year ago when she moved to Marysville. She has two step-daughters, one teenage step-granddaughter, and four dogs. In her free time, Patti loves to read and listen to Audible. Her all-time favorite author is Nora Roberts (aka JD Robb) but her current author of choice is James Patterson and she has read most of his books. Keep reading to learn more about her.

What is your favorite TV show? 
I love NCIS. My favorite character is Leroy Jethro Gibbs, played by Mark Harmon—his personality is laid back and he’s dedicated to his friends and his job.

What’s your favorite book?
The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks, which is the sequel to The Notebook. It’s my favorite novel because Sparks wrote it in a way that brought many of my own emotions to the surface while describing the characters in the book.

Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time? 
I love to read and listen to book recordings. I also like to fish in the summer, color using an app on my phone and, of course, shop!

How do you ensure workplace safety?
I take the time to understand why we have rules, which makes it easier to comply.

What is something people may not know about you? 
I have a huge passion for animals and have had as many as six dogs and two cats at one time.

If you could be a tv show character, who would it be?
Karen Walker from Will and Grace. How fun would that be to be her??!!

What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is flying. I have done it plenty but I prefer to travel where I can I open the door and my feet can touch the ground!

Where is your favorite place to be?
On the beach, preferably in the Carolinas or Florida.

Favorite movie line/quote?
“Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” – Johnny Castle, Dirty Dancing

What are three words to describe Star?
Successful, compliant and fun.

If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would do?
Depends upon how much I win but I would definitely pay off my house.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
I’ve been many places but one year for my wedding anniversary, my husband and I went to Daytona Beach, FL—that trip really sticks out to me. Everything during that trip went as planned, no hiccups—beautiful weather and great entertainment for eight days straight!

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would love to be able to play the piano.

Who inspires you?
My dad and my brother. The three of us lost my mom about 20 years ago, and my dad and my brother are always there for me. They are supportive, always available and have never let me down.

What do you love the most about the transportation industry?
Learning more and more about it. It’s a very interesting industry.

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Definitely Pizza.

What was the first concert you ever attended?
Stevie Nicks was the first artist I saw in concert.

What music genre do you like to listen to?
I’d say Country.

Do you have a favorite inspirational quote? 
“Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln

How do you define success?
Being about to do something naturally without the fear of failure.

If given a chance, who would you want to be/what would you want to do for a day? 
I would like to be the President, BUT only for one day!

Dog or cat person?
Both! I weigh more heavily on dogs though. Right now, I have four dogs. Three of them are toy poodles—white, silver and red, and one is a white and gray Shih-poo. Their names are Wally, Dalton, Junior, and Betty Lou.

Favorite tradition?
Dinner with my dad and brother on my mom’s birthday.

Pineapple pizza… yay or nay?