Devon Hubbard Tessmer, Exemplar’s Executive Vice President and Vice President of Business Development, believes in living a life of purpose and servant leadership. Whether it’s working in her role at Exemplar or her community involvement, helping others is Devon’s passion.
After graduating with a degree in elementary education from Eureka College, Devon was fortunate to take a gap year to travel. Upon returning home with new perspective and growth, she was asked to fill in for a maternity leave for her Father’s wealth management firm. She then proceeded to work in multiple departments before landing on the business development team. She has worked in a variety of roles with Exemplar, and has a knack for project management and people. Currently, Devon works in a pivotal role within Exemplar’s leadership team and wears many hats. She serves as the HR Solutions Manager, Strategic Relationship coordinator, and Events & Marketing Director. She loves what she does because of the countless lives that she is able to affect by supporting financial advisors.
Devon feels blessed to work in a job she loves for a firm that not only supports community involvement but encourages it. A lifelong resident of Crystal Lake, Devon is extremely passionate about her community. She feels it is her responsibility to contribute to the success of future generations and does so by volunteering with many organizations throughout McHenry County. She has been involved with Leadership Greater McHenry County, the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce, CASA of McHenry County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County, The United Way and many others in the past 20 years. Devon was a recipient of the McHenry County “Best Under 40” award in 2015. She also was honored with the Presidential Award of Excellence by the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce in 2012 for her tireless involvement in the community she loves.
Devon is equally passionate about her family. A Crystal Lake native and the oldest of six children, she always felt a calling to stay in the community that was so good to her growing up. She married her sweetheart, Shaun, and they have a daughter Cecelia, son Jenner, and dog Maverick. There is never a dull moment in the busy life of their family of four, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. Her children are her life, and Devon believes that parenting is the most important and wonderful job she has ever been gifted.
One day she hopes to be remembered as someone who put others first, was kind to strangers, generous to those in need, and most importantly, honest and loyal to the people she loves.
Getting to know Devon:
Favorite Quote: Twenty Years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover ~Mark Twain
Best Piece of advice Devon has received: Treat others as you want to be treated
Favorite holiday: Halloween