NorthMarq Capital Investor Accounting Manager Jaimie Owler is a Minnesota Wild hockey super-fan. This fandom even extends to her family dog, Mikko, whose namesake is the 6’3’ Finnish captain of the Wild hockey team, Mikko Koivu. So it goes without saying that Jaimie appreciates a good team—whether on the ice or in the Investor Accounting department.
But Jaimie isn’t just a fan of sports; she’s a player. As an undergraduate at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Jaimie wore the #22 jersey as point guard for the varsity basketball squad. This experience comes in handy when she challenges her husband, Shane, in a game of hoops at home. Whether playing basketball or just enjoying nature, Jaimie is in her element when active. And if Jaimie does come indoors to watch the TV, don’t expect to find her tuned-in to Scandal or Keeping up with the Kardashians. “I’m not a binge-watcher, but if I’m watching anything it’s sports!” In her career, Jaimie incorporates the values of an effective team player—commitment, cooperation and reliability—to make her successful.
Jaimie arrived at NorthMarq Capital in March 2015 after spending 10 years with a strong team at Hartford’s mutual funds group where she supervised shareholder reporting and mutual fund expenses. The experience of working with a cohesive group was something Jaimie valued highly. When she came to NorthMarq and saw how their “players” operated as a team, the decision to sign-on became an easy one. “If your son is sick, people have your back and they trust that you can get the job done,” Owler said.
At NorthMarq, Jaimie oversees the teams responsible for money movements, disbursements, deposits, taxes, UCCs and the reporting and remitting of lender funds. Responsibilities of her department include daily balancing and reconciling of bank accounts.
Long-time NorthMarq employee and analyst with the investor accounting team Ed Groettum noted the strengths Jaimie brings to her position. “I think it’s how she manages her team members,” said Groettum. “She is always asking ‘what’s going on with the team?’ and is very hands-on.” This management style was evident as Jaimie oversaw the consolidation of NorthMarq’s tax team with the investor accounting department. “Taking charge of the tax team, she had to learn an entire new process!” said Groettum.
As any sports fan knows, underlying the success of a great team is a great culture—something Jaimie cherishes at NorthMarq. “I’m a relationship person,” she said, “and you have to enjoy the people you work with. You spend almost more time with them than your own family!” But equally important as the connections built at work is the opportunity to cherish relationships at home—the work-life balance.
When Jaimie graduated from St. Mary’s with an accounting degree, she was aware of the long hours and work weeks associated with the profession. “Coming out of college, professors pushed for public accounting,” she remembered. But working 80-90 hours a week as a public accountant with a vacillating schedule was not conducive to raising a family. NorthMarq’s commitment to a work-life balance and a strong team to back her up means Jaimie can spend valuable time with her husband, her 2-and-a-half-year-old-son, Caleb, and of course, Mikko.
Jaimie and Shane are working toward Jaimie’s childhood aspiration and the pride of many Minnesotans: owning a lake cabin. “My family has a lake place by Park Rapids,” she said. “That’s our goal in life, to have a cabin. That’s why we don’t go out to eat and make dinner at home!” she added with a laugh. This isn’t just lip service. In her office, next to a picture of her with Mikko Koivu, is a framed picture of her family’s Park Rapids cabin—a constant reminder of her goal.
A fulfilling career at NorthMarq is Jaimie’s means of reaching the heralded shores of retirement and cabin life, so it comes as no surprise that she runs a tight ship. “Jaimie wants to make sure we are getting everything correct,” explained Groettum, “and if not, how can we improve to ensure it doesn’t happen again.” He went on to note that Jaimie relies on best-practice procedures, which “cuts off the concern of loss and liability.”
Whether she is personally involved in day-to-day operations or bringing the best out of her department, Jaimie consistently exemplifies the type of leadership required to make a successful team. Like her role model, Mikko Koivu, who plays center for the Wild, Jaimie is at her peak when she is in the middle of the action—something that makes both clients and coworkers extremely grateful.