Autumn Gillow is the Vice President of Commercial Banking at JP Morgan Chase.
First off, I was a very young mom. I had my son (Kaden) when I was a sophomore in high school and we lived with my parents while I attended NMC. My mom actually stayed at home with Kaden while I went to school and worked. I think only now, as an adult with my own teenager, do I fully appreciate the support my parents gave and how critical it was to my obtaining a degree.
NMC Legacy: Three Generations
In addition, my siblings and I all paid for our own college so being able to pay cash for the first two years at NMC made a lot of financial sense. In fact, my Dad attended NMC before going to Ferris; my brother before transferring to Western, my sister before transferring to MSU and my other sister before transferring to U of M. We all majored in Finance. My son will start school at NMC in the fall. Three generations!
In fact, my Dad attended NMC before going to Ferris; my brother before transferring to Western, my sister before transferring to MSU and my other sister before transferring to U of M. We all majored in Finance. My son will start school at NMC in the fall. Three generations!
NMC to MSU to First Job: Finding balance as a parent
After obtaining my Associates from NMC I transferred to MSU’s Business School and majored in Finance. I had an apartment in East Lansing and would drive down Monday mornings and back on Thursday night, my son would stay in Traverse City with my parents. I worked weekends in Traverse City at Apache and North Peak Restaurants while attending MSU. I remember the first week on my first “real job” after college at National City Bank and thinking how easy it was to only work 50 hours a week!
How did I end up at Chase?
I was very committed to returning to Traverse City after graduating from MSU. I was fortunate having grown up here to have a number of contacts in Finance. I ultimately accepted a position at National City working for a friend of my brothers, Chad Dutmers. I worked as an analyst in the commercial group for about a year and then was assigned a portfolio of commercial relationships. I remained at National City/PNC for 10 years before finding a professional match with Chase. Chase has been a great move for me due to the talented and supportive colleagues and Chase product and services.
NMC Impact: Professor Bill Shaw
I will always have a place in my heart for Bill Shaw. Bill worked in the English department and passed away in 1996, just before my son was born. Bill was our next door neighbor and even though he was gone before I attended NMC he took such a personal interest in my education and me personally and did the same for my siblings. He was truly one of the most intelligent and caring people I have ever met.