True to the industry, our web design and web marketing team team has changed and grown over the last year. And while we are still a small company who works closely with its customers, there are many people working on the front lines and behind the scenes for the success of its customers and for JM. So, we are taking time to highlight each team member; and up next is Stephanie Effken.
Stephanie has been with JM for 9.5 years and is JM’s third longest-running employee, after JM’s CEO Jonathan and his wife Megan. Stephanie started as JM’s Account Manager, transitioned into project management, then returned to account management after passing the PM job off to her husband, and is now the Brand and Marketing Coordinator. Here’s more about Stephanie…
In Her Career
How do you balance your career at JM and family?
Jonathan has made it very easy for me to be a mom and wife first, and an employee of JM second. Because of the flexibility I have been afforded through JM I have been able to transition to a part-time position to raise my two kids, and serve JM in various capacities during naps and evenings.
How has JM helped you in your career development?
JM gave me a shot 9.5 years ago! I previously worked as a reporter for a small town paper as my first job out of college. My husband and I moved to Omaha and I applied for (what seemed like) 50 jobs. I didn’t get any of them. I was waitressing and boldly asked an Omaha Chamber of Commerce employee who I was serving if I could send her my resume to pass out. It ended up at JM… and well, the rest is history.
I went from only being able to check my email and Facebook 9.5 years ago, to writing website specifications and physically building out WordPress websites. And because of JM’s devotion to me and my family, I will likely never work anywhere else.
What are 3 words to describe JM?
Honest, Family-Focused (yeah, I know that’s 2 words) and Innovative
What do you find the most challenging at JM?
I’ve worked remotely from Denver, CO, for the last 7 years so I find it challenging to keep up with personal relationships. I wish we could come and visit the office more often, but in the season of small children, it’s really difficult to travel too much.
What has been your favorite project at JM?
About 8 years ago we built and launched the Cupcake Island website while I was account manager. It was super fun to oversee the photography and creative vision for the website… and eat all the cupcakes, of course.
What is your favorite part about working for JM?
My co-workers. We’ve grown a lot over the last 1.5 years, but the team we have is extremely solid. They are dedicated and work VERY hard… often working on their own time to continue their education to serve JM’s customers better. These are the kind of people you want to work with. And, of course, Jonathan and Megan have loved my family very well. They work and sacrifice for the good of the JM team and I have personally witnessed their devotion over the last 9.5 years. It’s incredible.
On a Personal Note
Are you messy or organized?
I’m an organized mess… like my desktop…
Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog?
I love to listen to NPR because I don’t really have time to read the news.
I like reading Neil Patel’s blog about content marketing.
Against All Grain is my current go-to food blog.
RisenMotherhood has been a great blog and podcast for me, in the midst of raising littles.
If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
Jen Wilkin, because she is brilliant. But only for a day, because she lives in Texas and I don’t like Texas.
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
A lactation consultant, visiting new mamas and their babies.
If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring?
Phone, a way to change my phone with solar energy and a water bottle with filter.
What does true leadership mean to you?
A person who sacrifices for the good of the team.
What is an ability you wish you had?
I wish I could better understand technical documentation. I am highly social and it’s really difficult for me to have the attention to read technical stuff and for my brain to comprehend it.
Where is your favorite place to eat?
City O’City in Denver. It’s a crazy vegan hipster place with fabulous cocktails, the BEST seitan buffalo wings and an awesome vibe. And no, I am not vegan or a hipster.
You’re happiest when?
It’s Friday night, my kids are in bed, I have a cocktail in my hand and my hubs by my side.