"Many people don't focus enough on execution. If you make a commitment to get something done, you need to follow through on that commitment."
Kenneth Chenault (Chairman and CEO of American Express, 2001 to 2018)
Jenefer has adopted three rescue dogs: SueSue, a white and brown hound, who was abandoned by the side of a road with her two sisters; Charlie a large, rambunctious and very sweet black goldendoodle, who came to live with the Hughes family after a good friend and neighbor had to give him up to move into assisted living; and her beloved Jasper, the rat terrier, who came to live with the family six years ago. Jasper agreed to become the campaign mascot in exchange for plenty of treats.
Jenefer Hughes is a Chartered Accountant, who built a business career in Fortune 500 companies. She started as an auditor at Ernst & Young in Ipswich, England and leveraged that experience to join Rhode Island based GTECH Corporation, the global leader in delivering and running online lottery systems, which allowed her to travel and work throughout Europe as a Regional Finance Manager. In 1997, she jumped at the chance of an assignment in California, where she became Finance Director for their US Western Region, comprising 9 states generating over $125 million of revenue.
After ten years in accounting and finance, Jenefer was given the opportunity to expand her skills into an operational leadership role. She accepted a promotion, in 1999, to manage GTECH’s Idaho customers in Boise, the Idaho Lottery and Department of Fish and Game. There she learnt how to build valuable relationships with customers and develop an effective organization that met their needs at a price they could afford. This was critical since both the Lottery and Fish and Game were self-funding agencies with limited resources to serve the community.
Relocating to Boise from Sacramento, California and taking on a new job was difficult, but it became a turning point in Jenefer’s life. She met and married her (now ex) husband and had two amazing children. She also became a US citizen on June 5, 2008 at a ceremony in Boise, along with over 100 new citizens from 55 different countries.
After twelve years with GTECH, Jenefer changed career direction and went to work for Hewlett Packard in Boise, where she worked as a Program Manager in their commercial printing group, before transitioning into Managed Print Services as Client Manager delivering service to the US Postal Service. There she turned around a fractured customer relationship and expanded USPS’ managed print portfolio, saving them millions of dollars in supplies and personnel time.
In 2009, after four years at HP in Boise, Jenefer was given the opportunity to move to the East Coast to be closer to her customer and she jumped at the chance. She chose Chesterfield County for its excellent schools, quality of life and central Mid Atlantic location. Her family settled in Bon Air, where her children attended Bon Air Elementary and Robious Middle Schools. They both now attend Manchester High School’s excellent Specialty Centers. GO LANCERS!
In 2013, Jenefer found herself at a crossroads, between staying in Chesterfield County or moving elsewhere with HP. She chose to stay and develop a career in the Richmond metro community, first as a project manager until, in 2015, she migrated back to where she started her career, as Accounting Director for Shared Services at McKesson, where she led the team responsible for $5 billion worth of inter-company transactions.
Jenefer became interested in public service in 2017, when she jumped at the opportunity to run as Commissioner of the Revenue in a special election that year. She campaigned hard and with the help of hundreds of volunteers and supporters, she won a resounding victory. Since her election, she has worked to build a great team, passionate about serving their fellow citizens and committed to applying the Constitution, Code of Virginia and County charter and ordinances fairly and equitably to assess local taxes. She is an active member of the Commissioner of the Revenue's Association of Virginia, where she received the President's Award for stepping up to chair the Central District Region, a position to which she was nominated by her fellow Commissioners of the Revenue.