We had the good fortune of connecting with Jesse Andre and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jesse, what inspires you?
I’m inspired by people and institutions-or groups of people-who achieve extraordinary things. I believe that humans are given an incredible amount of potential that we only sometimes live up to. I’m inspired when someone pushes past physical, societal, geographical, economic or mental barriers to accomplish a goal which, by the achieving of that goal, enhances the functionality or beauty of the world or enables someone else to further pursue their own goals of a similar purpose. By achieving something extraordinary, one can establish a heritage, which is something else that I’m inspired by, or simultaneously inspired by, you might say. I think it’s important to use this life to create, or do something that subsequent generations, or even people you know will be proud of and pass on.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Over the last 9 years I built a career as a professional/technical sales person. It started by selling food to the chefs, kitchen managers, and restaurant owners I worked with for several years as a cook for Sysco Foods. I then branched out to other industries until I came to KONE elevators. I took pride in knowing the technical aspects of elevators and escalators until COVID-19 cuts were made and now, as I take more time working on the crafts and art I love, I’m also looking for a new place to continue my sales career in an industry that takes advantage of all of my intrapersonal skills as well as my love of technical industry.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
COVID not a concern, the first stop is downtown for a tour of the bars and restaurants. Reilly Craft Pizza and Tough Luck Club is definitely a top choice, then Puebla Vida, Charro, Forbes Meats, Barrio Brewery, La Cocina, and Penca on the list with so many more great spots to choose from. Then out of the city a bit to Tohono Chul Park, Hacienda del Sol Resort, Pima Canyon trail, Tucson Botanical Gardens, the Desert Museum, Saguaro National Park West and East, and maybe Kitt Peak too. A little off the beaten path, but fun in their own right are the Mini Time Machine miniatures museum, Valley of the Moon, and Agua Caliente park on the way to Reddington Pass. Of course for culture, there’s Gaslight Theater, Rialto Theatre, and Arizona Theatre Company.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents, both of whom are accomplished artists and have led lives full of color and adventure. Pepe Rachon, Juan Cisneros, & George Claydon, master silversmiths who taught me more than just how to make silver jewelry. My wife, always encouraging me to do what I love.