Executive VP of Business Development and Operations, Marco
Jennifer Mrozek leads the execution of Marco's acquisition strategy and the integration of the companies they acquire. She also oversees business, sales and service operations.
Jennifer is an articulate, wise and all around great listener. She asks very insightful questions that make you think which she pairs with a unique and very respected perspective on a wide range of topics.
She, like many EPG members is all about serving fellow members and prefers to put her needs second to others. She is real. There are no airs about her. As smart as she is, you are never less than around Jen, as she puts people at ease and makes people feel comfortable.
Jen is a rock star professional and yet has extreme humility. Everyone that knows her believes/knows that she can do absolutely anything that she sets her mind to. And she has accomplished a lot at MARCO...from CFO to queen of deal making/acquisitions. She understands both the operational and sale sides of business and is comfortable engaging in all sorts of strategic discussions.
All this and she is fun! She loves simple things like baking cookies, hanging out and having a beer with family and friends. She places a very high value on family and she is there for her kids, her family and friends. Period.
I asked Jennifer a number of questions so that all of you could get to know her better. Check out her answers below:
What is your favorite part of your job?
One of my favorite parts of my job is that I get to work with people I call my friends every single day, which almost makes it feel like it’s not work. I also really enjoy putting deals together with sellers and enjoy the negotiation process. Marco is a high performing company, and I like the ability to positively influence our performance and culture.
How do you spend your free time?
I spend much of my free time with friends and family. I have a 15 year old daughter, Isabelle, who is active in volleyball so I spend a lot time in the gym watching her play. My 19 year old son, Grant, is a freshman at University of Minnesota Duluth. I’m really enjoying watching him become a young adult. I also love spending time with my significant other, Mike, and his kids Gavin and Grayce. They are currently teaching me how to ice fish.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would like to learn how to downhill ski, but I’m a little worried that I might break something at this stage in the game. So instead, I would like to learn how to do pottery and make my own set of dishes.
What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
To be honest, I can’t imagine doing anything else.
What would you most like to tell yourself at age 18?
I spend a lot of time telling my kids who are close to this age not to grow up too fast, have fun and enjoy new experiences. At 18, I was in a rush to grow up and diligent about doing things exactly right.
What is your favorite meal?
I really like meatloaf – it reminds me of my youth. My mom makes the best so I am always trying to make it just like hers.
How do you keep a healthy work-life balance?
It’s easy when you work for a company that promotes work-life balance. I work hard, but I play hard too. I can always put my family first and adjust my work schedule around my commitments to them.
How did you get connected to Next Monday services?
Jeff Gau, our CEO, introduced me to Michelle Pape about seven years ago. I participated in Michelle’s very first Executive Peer Group and have been a member ever since.
Why did you decide to join a Next Monday EPG?
I was looking for a way to connect with other women leaders in our community. I like having a trusted group of advisors that I can collaborate with on a consistent basis. I have developed really good friendships through EPG, and it has been a key part of my personal and professional development.
How would you describe EPG?
I would describe EPG as a diverse group of women leaders that are brought together to collaborate, support each other and grow together – both personally and professionally.
I would definitely recommend EPG groups to women wanting to expand their professional network, enhance their personal development and develop life-long friendships.
Would you recommend coaching with Next Monday and if so why?
Professional coaching has provided me a way to navigate my career path, improve my confidence, capitalize on my strengths and challenge me to get outside my comfort zone. Michelle is an advocate of the people she coaches, provides an alternative perspective and holds people accountable for their own personal and professional development. There’s no question, she’s always in your corner.
In addition, there have been several other leaders at Marco that have benefited from Michelle’s personal coaching and looked to her as a guide throughout their careers.
Marco is the presenting sponsor of the annual Women of Influence Summit and luncheon series. We believe these events provide opportunities for women to augment their personal and professional development. We encourage our employees to attend the events as well, allowing them to network with other women in the community.