Director of Finance, HR + LIFO the Party
With a mind for numbers and a soft spot for creatives, Jessica has mastered the unique ability to walk amongst the dreamers while keeping everyone’s feet firmly planted on the ground. Discovering her love for finance at an early age through summer jobs as a bookkeeper, Jessica refined her skills at Meredith College not once, but twice – picking up a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration.
A truly pragmatic and analytical thinker, Jessica sought balance in her surroundings and found it in the form of agency life at Raleigh’s Howard Merrell & Partners in 1999. After 17 years and advancing from staff accountant all the way to director of finance and HR, Jessica took some much-needed time off to refocus on what she values most – her family.
When Jessica isn’t getting golf lessons from her son or dominating multiple R+M spreadsheets at once, you can find her cheering on her Carolina Hurricanes, reading a good book over a glass of wine, watching her beloved Brat Pack in a classic 80’s movie, or dreaming of the day she can finally retire to the one place responsible for so many of her fondest memories – Emerald Isle, N.C.
Her one piece of advice: “Stay gold Ponyboy.”
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