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Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.

         –  Biz Stone

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.

         –  Babe Ruth

I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.

         –  Steve Jobs

Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.

         –  Howard Schultz

Always deliver more than expected.

         –  Larry Page

Never give in-never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

         –  Winston Churchill

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now

         –  Chinese proverb

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game’s winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that’s why I succeed.

         –  Michael Jordan

Do. Or do not. There is no try.

         – Yoda, Jedi Master

Be Brave. Take Risks. Nothing can substitute experience.

         –  Paulo Coelho

Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen as once.

         –  Paulo Coelho

Everything is connected, no one thing can change by itself.

         – Paul Hawken

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.

         –  Plato

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.

         –  John Donne

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.

         – Kurt Vonnegut, Palm Sunday

Heroes didn’t leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn’t wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else’s. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.

         – Jodi Picoult

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

         – Mother Teresa

Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone.

         – George Washington

Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

         – George Washington

We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.

         – George Washington

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“One Minute With…” Jessica Blackerby, Vice President and Controller

October 29, 2021

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“One Minute With…” Jessica Blackerby, Vice President and Controller

Jessica Blackerby is Vice President and Controller of Core Investments, Inc. She joined the company in 2006.

Jess, what did you do before Core?

Just prior to Core, I worked for the Marino Center for Progressive Health, in Cambridge. I was Controller there for about a year. Prior to that I worked for Modern Continental Enterprises, an investment and development company that did residential and commercial. Before Modern, I worked at Staples corporate headquarters in Framingham as an accountant.


What is your role at Core? 

I manage the accounting, financial reporting, forecasting, cost reporting and payroll processes at Core Investments, Inc. I also assist with tax returns and cash management and support needs regarding financing.


Where did you go to school?

I went to Nichols college. I graduated with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting.


And where did you grow up?

I grew up Burrillville, Rhode Island. It’s the farthest point from the ocean, in the northwest corner of the state, bordering Connecticut and Massachusetts.


Where do you live now?

I live in Holliston with my husband and 9-year-old twins.


What do you do to have fun or outside work?

I mostly spend time with my family. My kids are at a very active age. They’re involved in sports, and I’m usually a mom-taxi, driving them wherever they need to go.


What’s a favorite place of yours in Boston?

If I’m in Boston other than working, I’m probably going out to dinner in the North End. Or going to the TD Garden for a concert or sporting events of some sort. I’ve also brought the kids in to go to the Museum of Science and the Aquarium, which we really enjoy.

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