At the end of the day, J&V is just different, pure and simple—and we demonstrate it in all that we do. It’s found in way we deliver service to our clients and customers, and evident in the personality-infused, expertise-driven relationships we develop. It’s seen in our willingness to explore new markets and offer new services, as well as our decision to create a powerful experience for every chef and cook, whether professional or home-based, every time they walk through our doors.
J&V began not as a restaurant supply company or as a fire suppression company. In fact, we started as a refrigeration company. Founded by Jim and Vonda Laird in 1976, the company served the needs of many restaurants, many of whom expressed their need for a local, reliable restaurant supply company. A few phone calls later and the couple opened the side of our business that so many know us for today.
We are still a family-owned and operated company, and still offer refrigeration services on walk-in coolers but have evolved to become a leading local provider of both products and services ranging from space design to fire suppression. Every new line we pursue has to meet the same criteria: it has to be high quality, and it must serve the needs of our clients and the communities we serve.
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Courtney, who joined our team in 2019, is always on the go both at work and at home. She spends her day helping customers and her teammates whenever and however needed as well as making deposits, sending out statements, and stocking the showroom floor. Outside of work, she is a mom with two boys, and the whole family loves to be outside camping, boating and kayaking. When asked about what sets J&V apart, she said she appreciated J&V’s support for local communities and our company’s commitment to helping our customers succeed.
Vonda has been working with J&V since the beginning in 1976. She oversees accounting functions and financials. She loves getting to interact with customers and vendors on a daily basis. When asked what she’d like people to know about J&V she said, everyone asks about where their name came from and are usually surprised when she tells them her brother came up with the name.
Being from a small town in North Central Montana, she loves sports and she truly means all sports. A wife and mother, Vonda enjoys gardening and digging in the dirt during the summer and traveling in the winter.
Pat has worked with J&V on and off throughout his life, but has been full-time since 2006. He oversees projects and assists the J&V team in equipment specification and solutions. When asked what he enjoys most, he said using his experience and education to help J&V become the leader in providing what our customers’ need–he’ll never stop listening and learning. A husband and father, Pat loves to get out fly fishing as much as he can and roots for the MSU Bobcats in all sports.
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