Vice President/Controller, Per Mar Security

How did you choose your career path? I excelled in math when I was younger and have always enjoyed building relationships with people and learning about business in general. Getting a degree in accounting and going into finance seemed like a way for me to use those strengths.

How do you maintain a work/life balance? Some weeks I do a better job of balancing it than others! I want to teach my kids that it is important to work hard and find a career doing something you love so I try hard to work hard in both areas. Some weeks the balance isn’t always there but fortunately, there’s always next week!

What do you look for in a new hire; what questions do you ask in the interview to find the right fit? Working with people who have a positive attitude is so important to me. I like to ask why people are looking for a new opportunity, how they talk about their current job or boss or how they got past something that didn’t go as planned. If I pick up on negativity in any of those areas, I know that we probably aren’t going to be a good fit.

Was there ever a time in your life when you hit an obstacle and had to re-evaluate or rebuild? Yes, and this is one of the reasons attitude is so important to me. We learn by making mistakes and challenging ourselves. Every single person makes mistakes but if you react positively and don’t beat yourself up over it, the obstacles are less daunting.

What’s the best thing about doing business in the Quad-Cities? The Q-C is a large enough area to provide people with an array of opportunities yet small enough where you feel like you have access to several decision makers in the community.

Do you have any advice for people just starting out in their career? Always go that extra mile, keep a positive attitude and get out and meet people — relationships take you a long way!

The goal of “Each One Teach One” is for established community leaders to offer advice to those building careers. To suggest someone to be profiled, contact Business Editor Liz Boardman at 563-383-2396 or lboardman@qctimes.com.

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