Meet The First Nonprofit Staff: Marshall Whittey

March 17, 2014

Meet The First Nonprofit Staff: Marshall Whittey

Hailing from “The Biggest Little City in The World,” Marshall Whittey left Reno for Chicago three-and-a-half years ago to join First Nonprofit Group as regional sales director. Marshall earned a bachelor of science degree at the University of Nevada-Reno, where he then became a sales manager for a flooring and tiling company that focused on new home construction.

“We were the new kids on the block in Reno,” Marshall said. “We started with just 5 employees and grew to be more than 400 in one year.”

Since coming to Chicago, Marshall admits that he misses much of the beauty of the Reno area, such as the views of the mountains and lakes. He says the Chicago buildings and skyline make up for the loss of mountains to some extent, but the flatland has taken some getting used to.

Ironically, after leaving the mountainous region where he was born and raised, Marshall has started to snowboard again in the Midwest. While it’s not the same as the slopes outside of Reno, he has enjoyed rekindling his interest in the sport at ski hills in Wisconsin.  He also enjoys wakeboarding and staying physically active. Marshall is excited to compete in his third Tough Mudder race this year, and has even convinced some co-workers at First Nonprofit to give the challenge a try.

Working with organizations in the nonprofit sector
Marshall is happy that he earns his living at a company that helps nonprofits save money, allowing them to allocate more funding to their causes and missions.

“It’s nice to help nonprofits save money and know they can use it for their programs,” he said. “That’s what got me excited about leaving what I was doing to come and work with First Nonprofit Group. I wanted to work with them, and in my own way, do something that can help these dedicated organizations.”

Marshall said that First Nonprofit Group is like a family-run business in a sense because it develops strong relationships with its clients. He also does an extensive amount of traveling, serving organizations from Lincoln, Nebraska to Miami, Florida. He said his favorite part about traveling is having the opportunity to meet many new people and to learn more about their work.

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New York Council of Nonprofits, Albany, NY

We were introduced to First Nonprofit through another housing authority. In our analysis and comparison to what we were paying the State, our first year savings was $5,800 plus. We have been with them since the end of 2008 and I am glad we have been. I consider them an arm of our HR department.

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