Mallory Brown, Marketing Director, Legacy Financial Partners of Ameriprise Financial

Written by: Brady Drake

Tell us about yourself.

I grew up in Steele, ND and graduated from the University of Jamestown with a Bachelor of Arts in business and marketing. I’ve been with Legacy Financial Partners since 2013. Prior to joining the Legacy Financial Partners team, I worked at other financial services organizations. These roles provided me with exposure to client service experience and the knowledge to handle complex problem-solving in the financial services industry.

I graduated with a Master of Arts in leadership from the University of Jamestown in December of 2021. I have a deep passion for career-focused leadership, learning and development. My husband, Craig, and I are happy to be in the Fargo area where we are close to family. We have a son, Boden (four-months-old) and a dog, River. We enjoy golfing, traveling, outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends. I am a competitor at heart and enjoy most sporting activities: volleyball, basketball, softball, golf, skiing, hiking and running.

I’ve been in a marketing role in the financial services industry for 14 years.

What is important to you about the work that you do?

Knowing I can make an impact on the success of our financial advisors is fulfilling. My role is to help our advisors reach their goals through lead generation and brand awareness strategies. This means I get to be the “coach” and am continuously researching and learning new ways to help support them. Learning new things is something I value deeply. I like to think that every day is an opportunity to empower others and that is where I find the greatest fulfillment in my work.

Who are some people who have been influential in your journey and why?

Janna Bergstedt, CMO at First Community Credit Union, was my boss at my first job out of college and is still a mentor I lean on for guidance today. Janna introduced me to a marketing role and how it is important to the success of a business. Her leadership and guidance brought the best out in me and those around her. I am forever thankful for Janna and the help she has provided me in my career.

Also, my parents. I am who I am today because of them. They have instilled many values in me that I carry into my work and family life today. I’m embarrassed to admit this, but it took me many years (in my selfish 20s) to understand that not everyone has as strong, loving and supportive relationships with their parents as I do. It’s a gift and a blessing.

What drives you?

My values: family, fulfillment, learning, integrity and health.

What are some important lessons you have learned in your lifetime?

Hard work pays off. Be kind to others, you never know what someone else is going through.

What are some of your favorite things to do in our community?

I love visiting downtown: the Red River Market is amazing, the food or drink scenes are incredible, the street art is beautiful, there is a lot of excitement around all the new builds and renovations, the lights lining Broadway during the holiday season are stunning—there is always something changing downtown and that is fun! I also enjoy all the walking/ running trails in the warm months and cross-country skiing trails in the winter months.

What is your dream job and why? Interior Designer… it’s a hobby and brings me joy. You are helping people make a house feel like a home.

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Brady is the Editorial Director at Spotlight Media in Fargo, ND.