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.
She’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.
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.