20 under 40: Jodi Hurren

Spouse/Children: Steve Hurren; Logan, 14, Jaxon, 12, and Aubree, 10.

Hometown: Pigeon

Employer: I work for Northstar Financial Group in Bad Axe.

1. Current Job Title/Responsibilities: I am responsible for electronic business banking at Northstar Financial Group and manage electronic banking operations for Northstar Bank and West Michigan Community Bank. I oversee all aspects of electronic banking, including mobile banking, mobile deposits, online banking, telephone banking, as well as direct support to our business customers who have cash management services such as ACH issuance, remote deposit capture and positive payment.

2. What is the best aspect of your job? I have some of the best people on my team and I enjoy working with each of them day to day. And of course, our customers.

3. Why is your community a good place to live and work? My mother and my stepfather were victims of a fire last June and lost their house. The overwhelming response we’ve seen from our community has been absolutely amazing. The way this community comes together to support each other, there aren’t many places like that.

4. Who influenced you the most? It would be difficult to single out just one person who has influenced my life because I have had so many. My grandfather, Fran LePage, who was an educator in the Elkton Pigeon Bay Port School District, and my father, Tom LaBelle, recently retired from Tower Automotive, taught me my work ethic that I am proud of today. I also had strong women in the workplace who helped shape and make me the person I am today. Debbie and Stacey have been such positive role models for me and have always been there for me when I needed support and guidance.

5. What is your biggest goal in life? My biggest goal in life is to make sure that I am a positive role model for my children and to teach them to be respectful, to work hard and above all, to be kind.

6. What do you do to relieve stress? I love shopping, terrible stress reliever, I know, but a little shopping therapy always helps me.

7. What are your three favorite movies? My three favorite movies are The Notebook, Taken and who doesn’t like National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.

8. Name a book that has influenced you. I don’t have much time to read, I loved to read fiction books, but my children take up most of my time.

9. If you could be any fictional character, who would it be? Beth Dutton has a confident and strong personality.

10. Which quote do you live by? “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain. – Vivian Greene.

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