Jennifer Johnson, Exemplar’s President, believes that without a plan we are like a rudderless ship at sea. Whether it’s working with clients on their financial plans or advisors on their business plans, helping others get pointed in the right direction to pursue their goals is Jennifer’s passion.
After graduating with a degree in psychology from University of Iowa and working in the social service industry, Jennifer answered an ad in the paper for an Event Coordinator with Exemplar in 1998 and the rest is history. She has worked in a variety of roles with Exemplar and has a knack for connecting people and resolving problems. Currently, Jennifer works in a pivotal role within Exemplar’s leadership team developing the strategies that keep Exemplar Financial Network in the forefront of the financial planning business. Whether it’s helping seasoned professionals move to the next level or assisting beginners in mapping out their careers in financial planning, Jennifer most enjoys working with those who have a vision for a future that is better than their past .
Jennifer is equally passionate about her family. A small town Iowa native and the oldest of three girls, she moved to Schaumburg after college and met her husband Dan. There is never a dull moment in the busy life of their family of five which includes their children Emma, Ben and Ellie, two dogs and an angry cat. Her children give her purpose and Jennifer believes that parenting is one of the greatest gifts God has given her.
Jennifer feels fortunate to work in a job she loves and with an innovative leader who supports community involvement. She has been involved with Leadership Greater McHenry County, United Way of Greater McHenry County and Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce along with being an active member of her church and church choir. She strives to give back to the community as much as possible and believes and healthy and vibrant economic community translates into a healthy community and place to raise a family.
On a free weekend, you will find Jennifer relaxing in Galena with her family, downhill skiing, golfing or boating on the Mississippi. A perfect day would be one starting on the golf course, then spending time on the water and culminating gathered around the big table enjoying a fabulous meal prepared together and ending with an intense game of Euchre! Jennifer wants to be remembered as someone who made a difference and left the world a little better because she was here. She believes the world needs who God called us to be and it is our purpose to share our gifts.
Getting to know Jennifer:
Favorite Food – fresh guacamole, salsa and chips with a top shelf margarita!
Favorite Movie – anything with Meg Ryan, I’m a sucker for romantic comedies, what can I say?
Hidden Talent – I LOVE to karaoke
Where Jennifer would most like to travel next? – Italy, to take a week long cooking class