We are very excited to proudly highlight each month someone from our wonderful staff here at NWRPC! Our March employee being "spotlighted" is Jeff Dietrich, Loan Fund Manager/Business Development Specialist.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am from Pennsylvania, about one hour west of Philadelphia, the heart of “Pennsylvania Dutch Country.” I grew up in a small town with lots of dairy farms, so I can relate to the Wisconsin landscape pretty well. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, my wife Gina, and our two girls, Brenna and Kira. I also like to play and coach volleyball. I am also a Captain in the Army Reserves with 16 years of combined active and reserve service to our nation. I do not have any nicknames, per say, but I prefer Jeff to Jeffrey. If I hear someone call me Jeffrey, I think that I am in trouble.
What is your role at NWRPC and what are you currently working on?
My role at NWRPC is the loan fund manager. We have 10 revolving loan funds consisting of just over that are consolidated under four entities within NWRPC. I am currently working on a few financing requests throughout our region that promise to have significant economic impacts and the creation of good quality jobs. I am responsible for the underwriting of all loan requests and the overall administration of the $14.7 million in assets under management.
How long have you worked for NWRPC and what has been your proudest moment working here?
I joined the team in October of 2012. I am the newest member of the organization, and I am happy to be part of a great staff here at NWRPC. There have been a lot of great moments since I came aboard, but the best moments are the times when we can assist a small business in starting up or expanding their operations. Our loan programs are meant to fill a gap that may exist in a plan, and when we can help an eligible business, that always feels good.
What do you enjoy most about working at NWRPC?
I enjoy working with my colleagues, who are all great people. I also like that our organization has so many diverse responsibilities and capabilities to help everyone in our 10 county region. In my activities as loan program manager, I am always delightfully surprised to see the entrepreneurial spirit and ingenuity that exists in the Northwoods.
What’s your personal motto?
I try my best to live by the following:
“That's the whole challenge of life - to act with honor and hope and generosity, no matter what you've drawn. You can't help when or what you were born, you may not be able to help how you die; but you can - and you should - try to pass the days between as a good man.” ? Anton Myrer, Once an Eagle
Lastly, as a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a child, I was always interested in becoming an archaeologist. Indiana Jones inspired me to learn about African history, which quickly opened up interest in South American history. The discovery of ancient civilizations was always fascinating to me.