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Meet Jeanette Reitz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeanette Reitz.

Hi Jeanette, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Well, my story begins with my parents. My mom is from Colombia and my dad from Panama. My dad was in the military. I was born in Panama and arrived here in the United States when I was one year old. My mom’s side of the family nestled in San Diego so I was very fortunate to grow up here. However, there were many years where we would have to move to meet up with my dad. Some of the other places I lived were Missouri, Virginia, and New York, to name of few. Having to move to all these different places at a young age, I learned to be creative and make friends quickly.

When I was 23, I met a guy who would turn out to be my husband we lived on the beach in Pacific Beach for 18 years and enjoyed many sunsets. Now we reside in crown point overlooking the Kendall-Frost Mission Bay Marsh Reserve. When I was in my 20’s I had finished school but stayed in the foodservice Industry mainly working at Outback Steakhouse. I worked there until I found a sales position with Sysco Foods and it was a natural fit. I have a younger sister that gave me two beautiful nieces who I adore. Prior to covid they would spend a lot of weekends at my house.

I have always been the host for parties and the fun aunt that lives at the beach. When covid happened it was like the world stopped! I wasn’t able to have my nieces over or plan any get togethers. It was so depressing and my job with Sysco was pretty intense. I know it was hard on everyone but having customers that own restaurants not only did you hear about the owners struggles but also their employees. If you have ever worked In foodservice you understand that these people not only become your friends but also family. I felt like a counselor who was listening to their struggles and trying to help them navigate thru Covid.

Then December rolled around and my oldest niece Jadas bday is the 29th she wanted to do a picnic. My husband and I were excited to see her and her sister Jelissa, however covid would change that as both of my nieces caught the virus and we were not able to have our outdoor picnic with them. The reason behind the Picnic was because it was the safe way to go. That’s how picnics started. A love for my niece and wanting to give her what she wanted for her bday. A picnic!

I still work at Sysco and I just set these up on the weekends. They are so fun and the being able to have a positive effect on someone else’s life is the most rewarding part about the whole thing. It’s given me that happy feeling back that I use to have with hosting parties. My friends always look forward to my yearly Friendsgiving and now I look forward to setting up picnics most weekends.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Obstacles in the beginning was juggling both jobs. Making sure that I was giving my company and everyone that booked a 100%. The only real struggles now are when then wind is crazy so dealing with Mother Nature has been challenging.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’ve been in sales for a long time so I know how to market myself and win people over. Staying consistent and being honest is what I find to be the key ingredients. I’m really good at connecting with people and within a matter of minutes understanding what they want. Once you know that is so easy to make them happy! What will effect them in a positive way and make their picnic so memorable that they can’t stop thinking about it. It’ really in the details and that’s what I’m really good at!

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I don’t believed that there is luck. If you have a vision, plan, work really hard and love what you do you can make anything happen.

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