In the Spotlight: Marie Nissen

Kandice Korte
Morgante Wilson Architects

Dec 8, 2017 - 5 min read

In the Spotlight: Marie Nissen

Meet Marie: our favorite number-cruncher talks about working at MWA, her winding road to becoming an accountant, and the importance of dancing in your pajamas.

Tell us your three favorite things about working at Morgante Wilson.

That’s easy! First, my co-workers are awesome. Second, working for a smaller firm the size of MWA is rewarding because I get to form great relationships with clients and vendors. Last – and I’m not trying to score brownie points, I swear! – I genuinely like Fred and Elissa. They treat everyone, whether clients or employees, with respect and kindness. That creates a team atmosphere that drives all of us to do better.

What are a few adjectives people use to describe you?

I need to do a poll to be sure, but I would guess they say I’m patient, diligent, and honest.

Those are useful traits for an accountant. Did you always want to be one?

Actually, no. Initially I wanted to be a nurse, but DePaul University discontinued their nursing program after I was admitted. So I studied biology, intending to become a pediatrician. After a year I became intrigued by studying different behaviors and cultures and so I switched my major and graduated with a degree in sociology. At the time, I was working as a customer service rep for a health club and discovered I really liked doing accounting stuff. Later I made it official by going back to school for my masters, focusing on finance and accounting. I got my MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

What makes a good client?

Good clients are those who ask questions, respect your time, and make decisions efficiently.

What makes a house a home?

Not wearing real clothes – you know, wearing your comfies, or having a good old-fashioned dance party in your pj’s. Lots of throw blankets are important, too.

Describe your dream home.

Mediterranean style homes really appeal to me. I’d want mine to have a lake room or a four-season sunroom.

What are you passionate about?

Traveling! I’ve enjoyed exploring the U.S. and am looking forward to going overseas sometime very soon. Of course, my family is the icing on the cake.

What might someone be surprised to learn about you?

I have an unusual obsession with neck scarves. You can never have too many scarves!

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Kandice Korte

Morgante Wilson Architects