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Leader to Follow: Jennifer Mrozek

by Jeff Gau on March 1

Jennifer Mrozek started at Marco in 1998 in leasing before becoming our controller and being named Chief Financial Officer in her early 30s. Today, she serves in a key role as the Executive Vice President of Business Development and Operations.

Jeff-Jen (1).jpgShe’s a leader to know in the community and our industry, and I have had the privilege of learning from her over the years. Jennifer has been part of our leadership team since I became president of Marco. She’s a big part of why our culture is recognized for being both fun and high-performing.

Early on she became a trusted advisor of mine and I have watched her serve others well, too. She is the next leader I am highlighting in the Leader to Follow series that has included Scott Roeder, Barry Opatz, Steve Gau and Trevor Akervik. I see all of them as “untraditional” in their roles. Jennifer has never been a traditional finance person either.

Here’s a look at a few attributes that make Jennifer worth following:

  • Understands our sales culture
    If I had to choose a single defining characteristic that makes Jennifer so successful at Marco, it’s that she understands that “sales” is our core competency. As a finance person, she has been very supportive of our direct sales strategies to drive growth. It’s unusual for a numbers person to be so collaborative with sales.

  • Responsible risk taker
    Jennifer’s primary role is to execute on Marco’s acquisition growth strategy. While she is responsible for mitigating and managing our risks as a company, she’s also willing to initiate some. Naturally analytical, she can negotiate creative deals and figure out how to get them done.

  • Self-aware
    Jennifer knows herself well and plays to her strengths. While she may be an “accountant” by trade, she has never limited herself to that label. She has a strong understanding of the client interface, the importance of a sales engine and the value of relationships. She is one of the smartest people I know, but she’s also very humble.

  • Sees the big picture
    She does a good job coaching others (including myself) to look beyond the tactics and take a broader perspective of the situation. This is especially evident in her leadership role for acquisitions and operational excellence. Jennifer probably has the best end-to-end view of our business. 

  • A committed mom
    Jennifer is proof that a successful business woman can also be a fully-committed mom. She manages her household well and is very active in the lives of her two teenage kids. As a busy executive and dedicated mom, she’s a great example for others to follow.

It’s been a lot of fun growing the business with Jennifer over the past 20 years. She is a trusted advisor and good friend. Jennifer is a respected leader in our company, community and industry, and she continues to use her strengths to make us better.

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