Most Influential Women Q&A: Mary Josephs, Verit Advisors

How has a mentor helped your career?

Hill Hammock, CEO of Chicago’s Cook County Hospital and a former executive at ABN/AMRO, because he advances talented women and provides opportunity and mentoring for us to develop and grow continuously as leaders and professionals.

What is your current role?

My days are always exhilarating as Verit Advisors’ founder and CEO, primarily because I oversee talent identification and development, client identification and development, exceptional execution, strategy, operations, culture and fun. I am proudest when seeing our client-centric values and teamwork culture steadily influence a quality, high-integrity approach to middle market banking.

Describe your influence on the middle market?

We enjoy being at the forefront of industry thought leadership. One current trend is professional service companies that are abandoning legacy partnership structures in favor of an employee ownership model. We view this migration, both mathematically and qualitatively, as a win-win for both the transitioning and new partners, as well as the company’s growth and culture. We believe more fast-growing, high-quality companies, such as Aarete and MorganFranklin Consulting, both transactions we led, will embrace this model.