James Bott

James

Melissa A. Duncan

Melissa

Mark Lammers

Mark

Maggie Schoonveld

Maggie

Tony Bultinck

Tony

Nate Everett

Nate

Ryan McCrory

Ryan

Rick

Rick

Nathan

Nathan

Carrie Jacobs

Carrie

Elisabet

Elisabet

Mia Taylor

Mia

Hilary

Hilary

Heidi Jennings

Heidi

Austin

Austin

Jay Utterback

Jay

Gabe Cotton

Gabe

Chris Knox

Chris

Rebecca

Rebecca

Mark Vollmer

Mark

Jeff Curtis

Jeff

Michael Krumme

Michael

Logan

Logan

Luke Webber

Luke

James Bott
James Bott

How I knew Watermark was the place for me

Watermark’s culture fits both my professional and personal needs. On a professional level, I have the opportunity to learn from experienced partners and managers. I am also able to develop a variety of skills working in many different industries with passionate business owners. On a personal level, I have the opportunity to make an impact on the community. During my time at Watermark, I have been able to participate in numerous service projects allowing me to give back to the community. I know Watermark has the best interest for the community it serves, as well as, my personal and professional growth.

Favorite aspect of what I do

I really enjoy seeing how various businesses operate and working with the people who created them. It is interesting to hear the stories from our clients and the challenges they have overcome.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

It is inspirational making a difference in the lives of others. Whether it is giving simple tax advice or donating time to a local charity, making an impact on the clients we serve and the community in which we live, creates a sense of purpose for what we do.

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

Traveling around the country to see one of my six siblings, watching Butler basketball games, obsessing over the latest Apple product announcement, or wishing I had more time to work on my golf game.

My Credos or favorite quotes
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.” – Charles M. Schultz

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TonyBultinckTony Bultinck

How I knew Watermark was the place for me

I knew Watermark was the place for me because of the people that I was going to be working with and the people that Watermark serves. The intelligence and expertise of the Watermark team combined with a client base of successful business owners who want to protect what they have built over the years seemed like the perfect formula for a successful firm. The Watermark culture was designed to serve family enterprise business owners, its employees, and its community while providing a well-balanced work environment. This is extremely important to me.

Favorite aspect of what I do

My favorite aspect of what I do is working with business owners as an advisor, not just as their assurance or tax practitioner. Helping my clients address different business scenarios or transactions provides an additional service to them that I am extremely proud of.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

I am passionate about seeing my clients, friends, and family succeed in meeting their business and personal goals. There is nothing more rewarding.

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

Spending time with my wife and my three daughters. Family is where I devote the majority of my time away from the office. As a family, we enjoy outings such as going to the zoo, catching an Indian’s game, or just hanging out at the pool. As a husband and a parent, I believe my greatest legacy in life is the lessons that my wife and I can pass on to our children. There is no greater joy than seeing our children grow up.

I also have a great passion for golf. If I am not with my family, you can usually find me on the range or on the course. I’m not as good as I would like to be, but I enjoy the game very much.

My Credos or favorite quotes
Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated.

Kolbe Index: 7-4-6-3

Top 5 Strengths:
Harmony
Includer
Developer
Achiever
Responsibility

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NathanFullNathan Carmany

How I knew Watermark was the place for me

After meeting Rick, Jeff, and Mark, I felt right at home.  One will quickly feel welcomed and part of the Watermark family. The firm’s Midwestern values show in their actions to help people and to put others first.  The Watermark Group Charitable Fund is one example that I learned about out in our conversations and the research completed online.

Favorite aspect of what I do

Hearing about what inspires, motivates, and connecting with other people. Learning is also another activity I enjoy about the financial services industry. As rules, trends, and tax code change, helping families preserve and optimize their financial resources feels good.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

Meeting people and learning about where they come from, where they are going, their current challenges and helping them move forward.

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

– Spending time with my family
– Working on wood project
– Fishing
– Convincing my wife why I need a sailboat

My Credos or favorite quotes
“When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there?” Thich Nhat Hanh

Kolbe Index: 7-7-3-3

Top 5 Strengths:
Learner
Context
Input
Analytical
Achiever

 

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Hilary ClendenningHilary Clendenning

Why I knew Watermark was the place for me

The accounting world in Indianapolis is pretty small and Watermark’s reputation was well known. I knew it was going to be the place for me because I felt like I belonged and was part of the team before I’d even accepted my position.

Favorite aspect of what I do

I love public accounting. I like getting to know business owners and becoming a trusted advisor. I particularly like working in a mid-sized firm because I get to learn about all aspects of my client’s business and see how all the pieces fit together – such as understanding what they make and how they make it, or how current tax reform will affect them and even helping work through succession planning. The more we know about our clients, the more we can affect their success!

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

For me, being a CPA is more than just a job. I believe in being active in my profession and helping to keep it meaningful and relevant. I volunteer with the Indiana CPA Society on their Leadership Cabinet and get involved in various other ways. There are so many places the skills of a CPA can be applied to make positive change, and with all the changes going on with the CPA profession right now – it is an exciting time to be an involved CPA!

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

… Spending time with my family. We like to garden, go for walks, cook together, and spend time at our neighborhood park.

My Credos or favorite quotes

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Henry Ford

Kolbe Index: 9-8-2-2

Top 5 Strengths:

Achiever
Learner
Analytical
Intellection
Relator

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Gabe CottonGabe Cotton

Why I knew Watermark was the place for me

I knew I wanted to join a firm that would give me a multitude of opportunities to diversify and learn. I didn’t want to specialize in just one industry or only be involved in only one type of service. I also knew that I had to enjoy the people that I was going to work with in order to enjoy what I was doing. As soon as I realized that Watermark had both the opportunities I was looking for and great people, I knew it was the perfect place for me.

Favorite aspect of what I do

Helping family-owned businesses is my favorite part of what I do at Watermark. Coming from a family with many entrepreneurs, I understand the challenges that family enterprises face and I find it incredibly rewarding to help business owners overcome some of those issues.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

Helping people find solutions to their problems is what inspires me. I enjoy watching business owners that I have provided guidance to becoming even more successful. Helping others exceed their own expectations really drives me.

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

On the golf course, watching any and every sporting event, or spending time with my friends and family.

My Credos or favorite quotes

“You can get everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” –Zig Ziglar

Kolbe Index: 8-6-4-2

Top 5 Strengths:

Communication
Competition
Activator
Woo
Analytical

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Jeff CurtisJeff Curtis

Why I knew Watermark was the place for me

Once upon a time, I commented in a career planning session that my goal was to “work to live” and not “live to work.” The response I received was that if you truly enjoy what you are doing, your work becomes part of who you are, part of why you live. At Watermark, my passion for our mission to make an impact on Indiana businesses, our employees and my partners, spills over into my role as a husband, parent, friend and volunteer. It’s who I am.

Favorite aspect of what I do

  • Spreading the word about Watermark…why we exist, how we behave, and how we’re different.
  • Deepening relationships and broadening my circle of influence by connecting people who will be better off personally and professionally for knowing each other.
  • Facilitating family meetings and the communication of planning goals and objectives from generation to generation.
  • Conducting “clean sheet of paper” and “what if” planning sessions with business owners.
  • Seeing spouses, children and parents, and siblings become closer through the resolution of business and personal financial matters.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

I find inspiration in many things including random acts of kindness, the miracle of child birth, lessons I’ve learned from my children about compassion and stewardship, the courage demonstrated by someone willing to pursue a dream or take a stand for a core belief, a well-delivered motivational speech, eulogy or homily, or the perseverance of an underdog in any competition.

My passions include spending time with my family and friends, my faith, the well being of my parish, high school and college communities and leaving a legacy through Watermark.

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

Spending time with my wife, Angie, and children, Claire, Olivia, Margaret, and James
Watching a high school soccer or football game
Working in my yard or garden
Volunteering at Marian University or Roncalli High School
Trying a new recipe in the kitchen or grilling on the Weber
Participating in a 40 Days for Life campaign

My Credos or favorite quotes

“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” Forest E. Witcraft

“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” Mother Teresa

“It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got.” Sheryl Crow

Kolbe Index: 4-3-8-4

Top 5 Strengths:

Empathy
Connectedness
Belief
Developer
Relator

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Melissa A. DuncanMelissa A. Duncan

Why I knew Watermark was the place for me

The partner group is focused not only on serving our clients but also on the community. We share a passion of putting our clients first while maintaining a positive work life balance.

Favorite aspect of what I do

Serving multi-generational business owners and families.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

My husband and two boys inspire me daily. No mountain is too high when you have your family in your corner. They keep me motivated (and on my toes).

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

Chasing my boys around our neighborhood, the park or museum. We also love to travel! I enjoy planning our next adventure almost as much as I love experiencing it.

My Credos or favorite quotes

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” ― Dolly Parton

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Nate EverettNate Everett

Why I knew Watermark was the place for me

The first thing that jumped out to me about Watermark is how much the employees want to work with business owners to achieve their goals. Watermark not only provides a specific service to family enterprises, but also looks for ways to help them grow. I knew that I wanted to be a part of an organization that was so committed to the success of each company it works with.

Favorite aspect of what I do

I enjoy that there is always something new and challenging to learn. I like the idea of making an impact on multiple organizations and helping them to be as successful as they can be. I enjoy being a problem solver and working in a fast-paced environment with colleagues that are just as dedicated as I am.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

Learning is what I am most passionate about. I enjoy challenging myself to always learn something new. To me, nothing is more inspirational than putting in the hard work to achieve something and then finally being able to fully understand it.

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

If I am not spending time with family and friends then I am either watching Butler basketball or the Indianapolis Colts. I also enjoy playing soccer, tennis and golf.

My Credos or favorite quotes

“Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.” – John Wooden

Kolbe Index: 8-7-1-5

Top 5 Strengths:

Harmony
Includer
Analytical
Consistency
Context

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Carrie JacobsCarrie Jacobs

Why I knew Watermark was the place for me

There are 3 reasons why Watermark is the right place for me:
Partners: The Partners have a wealth of experience that they openly and willingly share with the entire team.
Relationships: Everyone at Watermark builds and maintains strong relationships with their clients and the community.
Integrity: The firm has an indisputable reputation for its moral and ethical principles.

Favorite aspect of what I do

I’m a take-charge person. At Watermark, I’m given the freedom to create, provide input, organize and communicate through the various projects I’m involved in.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

Learning inspires me — if I learn one new thing each day, it has been a great day.

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

Puttering around my home or outside in the garden, quilting or reading.

My Credos or favorite quotes

“I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.” Author Unknown

Kolbe Index: 8-7-2-3

Top 5 Strengths:

Harmony
Responsibility
Achiever
Discipline
Context

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Heidi JenningsHeidi Jennings

Why I knew Watermark was the place for me

A large part of why I love my job is whom I work for. I knew Watermark was the place for me because it was clear that the partners genuinely cared about my family, my career goals and me.

Favorite aspect of what I do

Although I have worked for a CPA firm since I graduated college, my career has taken some very interesting twists and turns. I have been exposed to several very interesting projects over the years, but my one true love is technology (translation – I’m a techno geek and proud of it). Technology fascinates me, and the fact that it’s always changing keeps me challenged.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

My children are my life, and thanks to my flexible work arrangement, I get to spend lots of time with them. They are my true inspiration because they motivate me to become a better person. I know in the grand scheme of things my family is quite insignificant, but to my children, I am the center of the world. Knowing they want to be “just like” me inspires me to live a God-centered life because ultimately, that is my dream for them.

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

Playing “taxi” to my 3 children.
Sitting on the sidelines cheering for my children’s many sporting events: soccer, softball, and cheer–it’s a full-time job in itself, but I love watching them because they’re all so darn cute. Of course, I’m not biased at all.
Reading a good book.

My Credos or favorite quotes

Everything happens for a reason.

Kolbe Index: 6-7-3-4

Top 5 Strengths:

Achiever
Strategic
Learner
Developer
Responsibility

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Chris KnoxChris Knox

Why I knew Watermark was the place for me

Everyone I talked to about the move to Watermark had great things to say about the leadership in place. It was apparent from the outset that everyone involved with Watermark was on the same page as far as the types of clients we serve, and the importance we place on providing the best service possible for them.

Part of providing the best possible service to your clients is having the unconditional support of the firm to trust you in doing what you think is best for them. At Watermark, this is definitely the case.

Favorite aspect of what I do

Part of why I made the move to Watermark is the opportunities I have to work with family enterprises, not just on their financial reporting and tax returns, but on helping them improve their business operations and identifying potential opportunities for growth. As an accountant, it is no problem to churn out a financial statement or tax return; but what I really enjoy is providing advice, an opportunity, or a recommendation that makes their business more successful.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

Helping others. Whether it be professionally or personally there is no better feeling than helping a good person become better.

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

Hanging out with my fantastic family: Kim, daughters Emily and Addison and son Cameron. If I’m not with them I’m probably chasing a little white ball all over creation.

My Credos or favorite quotes

“Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be.”
 — David Bly
“Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.”
 — Burton Hills

Kolbe Index: 8-7-3-2

Top 5 Strengths:

Harmony
Empathy
Positivity
Consistency
Developer

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Michael KrummeMichael Krumme

How I knew Watermark was the place for me

During the interview process and within my first couple of weeks at Watermark, I could tell that management was passionate about what they do and also wanted to help each employee grow both professionally and personally.

Favorite aspect of what I do

At Watermark I am able to be involved in many different areas of accounting, which allows me to continually develop and become a more rounded accountant.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

I am passionate about working hard and gaining as much experience as possible.

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

Watching or attending a sporting event or concert, playing golf, riding my bicycle, or spending time at the lake with family and friends.

My Credos or favorite quotes
“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” Derek Jeter
“Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.” Jim Valvano

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Mark LammersMark Lammers

Why I knew Watermark was the place for me

For a number of years I had observed firsthand the integrity, professionalism and humility with which Watermark’s partners and staff interacted with their clients and each other. I knew I wanted to be a part of that environment.

Favorite aspect of what I do

Helping individuals and businesses account for and protect their strengths.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

Watching my kids mature and take on new responsibilities and develop a healthy sense of independence. I am inspired by the beauty and grandeur of nature that God has provided for our immense enjoyment.

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

Spending time with my wife and 3 children; reading a good Russian novel and when the weather is good sitting out on my patio with a nice glass of wine; a roaring fire and friends around me.

My Credos or favorite quotes

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. Saint Augustine

It ain’t the heat. It’s the humility. Yogi Berra

Kolbe Index: 5-7-6-3

Top 5 Strengths:

Context
Learner
Connectedness
Empathy
Developer
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Ryan McCroryRyan McCrory

Why I knew Watermark was the place for me

During my internship I was able to see the way the entire office worked cohesively. It was clear it was an environment that everyone cared for one another both professionally and personally.

Favorite aspect of what I do

Every time I am working in the field I learn something new about our client or their industry.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

Trying to find something to learn from in every situation, every time you learn something new it gives you an opportunity to use it to become a more rounded person.

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

Playing golf, cooking, hunting or watching sports.

My Credos or favorite quotes

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” Pele

Kolbe Index: 7-6-3-4

Top 5 Strengths:

Achiever
Learner
Restorative
Relator
Competition

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Elisabet Murray

Elisabet Murray

Why I knew Watermark was the place for me

Watermark is the right place for me because of the combination of great people, clients and new challenges. At Watermark, I am afforded the opportunity to pursue my career goals while working in a flexible work arrangement that allows me to keep a well-balanced work-life schedule.

Favorite aspect of what I do

Working with a great group of people to service family businesses in all aspects of their operations.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

I am passionate about building lasting relationships with people and learning new tasks.

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

Spending time with my family and friends, running my boys to their activities, traveling, golfing or behind my camera.

My Credos or favorite quotes
Do what it takes to be happy!

Kolbe Index: 6-8-4-3

Top 5 Strengths:

Learner
Context
Empathy
Focus
Positivity

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Austin Rader

Austin Rader

Why I knew Watermark was the place for me

Before I even interviewed with Watermark, I was already hearing positive feedback about the company from people outside the firm. Now that I have begun working here I can attest this is a company that holds up to its reputation of great Leadership, Integrity, and Morals. I knew right away I made the right decision to come work for Watermark.

Favorite aspect of what I do

I like learning about how other companies are run in various industries. By being out on the field and analyzing financial statements, you become well rounded and have an overall understanding how the company works. The more accounting experience you gain the more you get to see what works and doesn’t work for companies. Once you attain the right level of accounting experience and knowledge one can be a great asset to saving clients’ money.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

I enjoy solving business problems. My job allows me the opportunity to always be on the front line solving business problems. Accounting is an important aspect of business. Accountants get to work with businesses regarding their financial information which will help them meet their current and future goals the organization is trying to achieve. I believe this is what keeps the job interesting and diverse. I feel a sense of accomplishment by helping other people. I want to continue to gain more accounting experience and knowledge so I can continue my pursuit in helping people in the business realm.

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

Spending time with family and friends, fishing, hiking, camping, traveling, working out, and reading. I enjoy playing sports or watching them. I love sports and I am a big fan of the Colts, Pacers, and Reds.

My Credos or favorite quotes
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. (Matthew 7:12)

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Rebecca RobertsRebecca Roberts

Why I knew Watermark was the place for me

After working for a firm in Kansas for 11 years, I was worried about moving to Indiana and finding a job all at the same time. I walked into Watermark for my interview, and was immediately welcomed and made to feel at ease. Within the first few minutes, I knew that Watermark valued their employees and treated them like family. They were willing to work with me to find the schedule that would allow me time with my children and their activities.

Favorite aspect of what I do

I look at accounting like a big puzzle and love to put the pieces together to get to the final result.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

I am passionate about helping others become more then they think they can be. The past several summers, I have worked at a one-week long camp for kids who have been abused/abandoned and are now in the foster care system. For that week, we teach them about God’s love for them. We treat them like they are royalty, shower them with affection and let them know how special they are. It’s amazing to see what one-week can do for a child who just wants to be loved.

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

Having fun with my family! We love to bike, swim and build with Legos!

My Credos or favorite quotes

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”― Albert Camus

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou

Kolbe Index: 4-7-4-5

Top 5 Strengths:

Communication
Developer
Empathy
Responsibility
Adaptability

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Logan Schiff

Why I knew Watermark was the place for me

During the interview I could tell how passionate the partners were about their work and clients. I knew they would provide me with the necessary guidance and tools to help me succeed not just at my career goals but also any goals I have outside of work.

Favorite aspect of what I do

I enjoy the challenging environment and the opportunity for building client relationships. Watermark allows me to develop skills in different areas of public accounting which allows me to see projects through from beginning to end.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

What inspires me is the opportunity to better myself.

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

I am probably watching some type of athletic event or golfing.

My Credos or favorite quotes

That life is way too short and unpredictable to put off what I really want out of it.

Kolbe Index: 9-6-2-3

Top 5 Strengths:

Analytical
Achiever
Focus
Competition
Learner

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Maggie Schoonveld

Why I knew Watermark was the place for me

The Watermark Group has a reputation for being an employee and family oriented company, and a company of high ethical standards when working for their clients. That is exactly the type of work environment I wanted to be a part of long term.

Favorite aspect of what I do

I admire the focus and sense of purpose that drives the partners and staff, and I am happy to be able to help them deliver a great product and service to each client.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

My faith, my family, and doing the best job I can at whatever task I am involved in, whether at work, home, or in the community.

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

With my daughter, working around my house, gathering with my extended family for fun, food, and fellowship, or, with the exception of the winter months, in my happy place on my porch!

My Credos or favorite quotes

Work hard and cheerfully at all you do, just as though you were working for the Lord and not merely for your masters Col 3:23 (TLB)

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. Mother Teresa

Kolbe Index: 8-7-2-5

Top 5 Strengths:

Harmony
Belief
Consistency
Connectedness
Achiever

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RickSkinner (2)Rick Skinner

Why I knew Watermark was the place for me

I was looking for a company that was team-oriented and shared my business ethics and values to partner with. First I explored The Watermark Group website and was inspired by the staff profiles and business philosophy of the company. That led to the next step, which was meeting with the partners to discuss the possibility of a business relationship. After meeting with Brandon, Mark and Jeff it didn’t take long to realize this was the place for me. They immediately made me feel like a part of the team and right at home.

Favorite aspect of what I do

Serving family enterprise owners and helping them to achieve their financial goals and objectives. I really enjoy developing long lasting business relationships, which often turn into long lasting friendships.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

What inspires me is the confidence and trust my clients have in me as their advisor and fiduciary. It inspires me to act in their best interest at all times.

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

Spending time with family and friends
Attending a soccer game with my sons and grandson
Vowing to play more golf and do more fishing
Traveling to New Zealand with my wife Roxie to see my daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren

My Credos or favorite quotes
Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time. Proverbs 13:11
People should be more concerned with the return of their principal than the return on their principal. Will Rogers

Kolbe Index: 7-7-2-3

Top 5 Strengths:

Harmony
Developer
Achiever
Responsibility
Connectedness

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Mia TaylorMia Taylor

Why I knew Watermark was the place for me

I knew watermark was for me when talking with the partners; they used a “other’s first” tone in their conversation; this made me feel welcomed and valued; these types of interactions are priceless. I also knew that this was the place for me when the partners shared their personal “why” as to why Watermark was founded, their values, and how this leaves a lasting impression on the community they service. The firm is built around many of my own personal core values.

Favorite aspect of what I do

I enjoy helping others and being solution driven.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

I’m very family oriented; my children and immediate family are my biggest joys in life! They always “in their unique way” encourage me to dream.

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

relaxing on my deck with the music on! Most of the time when I’m not at work I’m helping my kids with school work, I’m at the gym and over some weekends I’m at one of my son’s sports game.

My Credos or favorite quotes
“Inspired by God; overly emphasized By Mia” … my people are destroyed by a lack of knowledge; learn the truth and the truth shall set you free”

Kolbe Index: 8-5-3-3

Top 5 Strengths:

Context
Learner
Achiever
Responsibility
Input

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Jay UtterbackJay Utterback

Why I knew Watermark was the place for me

I like David better than I do Goliath… always have.

Favorite aspect of what I do

My favorite aspect is being an invited sounding board and advisor for business owners who have their skin in the matter.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

Preservation, restoration, and deliverance to tomorrow.

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

Someplace else.

My Credos or favorite quotes.

“If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind?” –Bastiat

Kolbe Index: 6-4-6-4

Top 5 Strengths:

Deliberative
Learner
Achiever
Context
Self-Assurance

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Mark VollmerMark Vollmer

Why I knew Watermark was the place for me

I’m one of the founders! The other two founders are guys that I highly respect, first as men, and secondly as professionals, and I knew that because of their character, the way they value relationships, and the manner in which they serve their clients, I had to be associated with this group.

Favorite aspect of what I do

I enjoy working with a group of principle-centered people who highly value relationships inside and outside of the firm. There is great freedom in an environment with a high degree of trust and support, and it has encouraged me to venture into places that I otherwise might not have gone.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

Watching people “get it”. I get a kick out of people who, when stretched beyond their comfort zone, begin to see issues and situations in a new way, and find answers that they formerly could not have imagined.

I am inspired by people willing to take responsible risks – even when the ultimate outcome is unknown. I believe that you can only analyze a situation for so long, and then at some point, you must rely on your faith and step out boldly in the direction that you are being called. Life does not have to be “safe” and we all will face a point in time when we must act in faith or sadly turn from it. I am energized when I encounter people who have acted out of faith even when it did not make perfect sense at the time, and especially when it resulted in failure from the “world’s perspective”.

I also admire the passionate way that my partners approach life: in the way they work, in the manner they interact with their families, and in their commitment to changing the world.

I am ultimately inspired by my wife, who relentlessly cares for our family and encourages all of us “boys” to be more and accomplish more than we believe we can. She is a continual support to me and balances my “seat of the pants” approach.

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

I am probably watching a soccer match…either as a fan or as a referee. I would love to be found at Wrigley Field more frequently.

My Credos or favorite quotes

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Gil Bailie

Teddy Roosevelt – To the Man in the Arena

“It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly…who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt, 1910

“Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.” Henry Ford

Kolbe Index: 6-4-8-2

Top 5 Strengths:

Relator
Arranger
Adaptability
Futuristic
Self-Assurance

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Luke WebberLuke Webber

Why I knew Watermark was the place for me
Good people with good ideals who want to make a positive impact in the business community and the lives of their employees founded Watermark – and as long as that’s what they’re selling, I’ll be buying!

Favorite aspect of what I do

It has to be working toward success as a part of a team. There is just something satisfying about working with your peers to achieve a common goal.

What inspires me, or what am I passionate about

I think people inspire me more than anything, and that inspiration has helped me develop a passion for helping others and trying to make life a little bit more enjoyable in any way possible.

When I’m not at work I’m probably…

Playing some sort of game. Whether it is basketball, cards, fantasy football, video games or cornhole – I just can’t get enough friendly competition!

My Credos or favorite quotes
“There’s something immoral about abandoning one’s own judgment.”

Kolbe Index: 6-8-3-3

Top 5 Strengths:

Adaptability
Harmony
Developer
Belief
Empathy

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