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November 3rd, 2015

Get to know Jade

McDonaldJade is an OHNS district manager who covers Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and parts of Indiana.

Tell us a little about your background and where you were before you came to Cook.

I actually was an intern with Cook between my junior and senior year. Then I went and worked for a chemical supply company. I worked there for about 10 months, only because I wanted to work for Cook and I knew that I needed the sales experience. Afterwards, I came back and asked for a job!

What kind of differences do you notice going from a chemical supply company to a medical device company like Cook?

I definitely see a lot more meaning in what I’m doing. I like that I get to work with people who actually need help, and that we are trying to improve the quality of life of the customers and patients. That’s something that’s really important to me. Also, there is a great family atmosphere at Cook. Getting a chance to be on the cutting edge of medical technology is a huge benefit to me. Working for a company that you value and that has common morals, values, and goals makes me feel like I’m working toward a cause every day.

What was your internship experience like at Cook?

I was an intern in the Peripheral Intervention business unit. The thing that really attracted me to the company was seeing how much fun everyone was having and how excited everyone was. It was exciting to bring new solutions to patients, and that was when I could tell that the training program was geared toward making sure the reps have fun while they’re learning, which kept everyone’s enthusiasm alive. I knew from the first week that I wanted to work for Cook!

What do you like about being a sales rep in your territory?

Specifically in OHNS, I think it’s awesome that we get to watch our business unit grow right before our eyes, which generates a lot of enthusiasm among the team. We can see the differences we’re making quantified in both the specialty and an industry.

What’s an interesting fact about yourself?

I’m one of the youngest on the team, but I’m probably one of the oldest souls. I like to crochet and knit.