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Meet Mary Jenkins

Mary Jenkins

In May, Mary Jenkins will celebrate her 15th anniversary with Omega. Believe it or not, she’s still in the same position that she started her Omega career. It’s not because Mary lacks ambition. In fact it’s quite the opposite. The position has challenged Mary year after year to learn and expand her horizons. What she likes best is that it’s never the same from day to day. Each day is an adventure.

As a Senior Programmer with Omega’s Client Service team, Mary has seen the industry change drastically in 15 years. The way in which data is stored is constantly changing. That means that Mary is continuously updating her processes to match evolving technology.

What are your current job responsibilities?  “I’m tasked with data conversion for new clients. When a new client comes on board, I collect the data from their previous system, massage the information and input it into Omega LegalVX. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Each conversion is never the same. Because we enable our clients to tailor their Omega LegalVX system to match their requirements, I’m always faced with unique situations.”

What do you enjoy most about your job and working at Omega?  “My job is always challenging me to learn and expand my breadth of knowledge. What is new today will likely be outdated in a month. Technology is moving that quickly and I have to strive to keep pace. We all do. I enjoy the people that I work with at Omega. The atmosphere is fun, relaxed and supportive, yet still professional and focused on the needs of our clients.”

How is working at Omega different than other companies at which you have worked?   “The Omega management team is flexible. They understand that your career is only part of your life and that in order to be a happy employee, you have to enjoy life. This outlook definitely increases employee loyalty and keeps us motivated to do a great job for the company.”

What were your original career aspirations?  “I wanted to be a Broadway actress. Like many aspiring actresses, I had to get a job to pay the bills while I was auditioning and trying to ‘break into the business.’ I became a programmer working as a temporary employee for a computer consulting company. I had a knack for it and started studying computer programming. The rest is history.”

Where did you attend college?  “I received my Bachelor of Arts from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina.”

How long have you lived in Phoenix?  “My dad was in the U.S. Navy so we moved every two years. I moved to Phoenix in 1975. I feel like a native Phoenician, even though I don’t technically qualify.”

What was your first job? What was your most interesting job?  “My first job was working as a secretary for a single attorney office. The most interesting job I had was as a singing waitress at a 1520 A.D. dinner theater. I loved that job.”

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?  “My hobbies are weaving and embroidery. I also enjoy traveling and visiting museums. I am fascinated with history. I also belong to a Society for Creative Anachronism. The group is dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. We dress in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance; attend events which may feature tournaments, arts exhibits, classes, workshops, dancing, feasts, and more. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to meet new people and make friends.”