Jenny Varteressian, Esq.
jennifer@FOREFRONTWP.COM | (512) 433-9122
On what “Becoming” means….
“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.”
– Michelle Obama
For as long as I can remember, even in the depths of my adolescence, an impactful life was of the utmost importance to me. I didn’t know how I was going to accomplish this back then, but I knew that I would do whatever it took to do so. If you ask my mother, I always chose the most difficult road to accomplish my goals rather than the path of least resistance. I now know that every decision I’ve made and hardship I’ve navigated has led me to where I am today.
Perseverance and resilience are two values that I embody in everything I do. I’m not always the smartest person in the room, but I sure am the hardest worker. I played softball my whole life, through college, and once I accomplished that goal, I was forced to set my sights on the next mountain that I would climb. I saw how hard my parents worked to provide for us and wanted to do whatever it took to ensure I would not have to struggle to do the same for myself. I decided to take my LSAT and accepted a scholarship to attend the University of Tulsa College of Law.
Upon graduation, I wanted to move back to Texas, and I worked judiciously to find a job where I could begin my journey. The economy was not great at the time, but I found my diamond in the rough, working for a national R&D tax firm with no prior tax experience. I spent several years here and was ultimately able to make a move back to my hometown Austin, Tx, working for a small boutique firm in the R&D space. From here, I was recruited to be an equity partner at a firm in California, only to realize months later that they were low on capital and could not fund the department any longer.
I found myself at a crossroads, I was about six years into my career and an expert in the tax credit space, but I had failed, for all intents and purposes, while trying to level up. This was a defining moment in my life where I truly had to dig deep to determine my next steps. They say entrepreneurship is about taking risks, and that’s exactly what I did. I started my own business leveraging the relationships I had fostered over the years and was able to marry my expertise with these relationships to deliver amazing results. I have since partnered with the amazing people at Forefront to create a department where we can deliver comprehensive value to our clients.
I am passionate about what I do because I am able to deliver monetary value to people who want to make the world better by taking risks and starting companies. I am extremely passionate about entrepreneurship and giving individuals, especially women, the leg up they need to take that leap. It’s always worth it; you never fail, and you always learn.
Learn More About Me
What’s the most likely place to find you on a Friday night?
Most likely at the newest restaurant concept in the city or a local wine bar, I even moonlight and pick up a couple of shifts a month at a wine bar in town so that I can learn to become a sommelier.
Which would you pick: Living on the Beach or living near the mountains?
Mountains all day-I cannot explain the level of peace a mountain range gives me-my husband and I regularly make it a habit to vacation surrounded by mountains.
Imagine being approached by a genie who offers you 3 wishes. What might those be?
One: myself and my husband would remain healthy throughout our lives.
Two: enough wealth built through hard work to maintain our lifestyle, continue to help others, and prioritize travel.
Three: I know this is a copout but I would honestly be so fulfilled with the first two.
What drives you to do the work you do?
I want to make an impact on the people that are in my life and the people that I work with. I have had to overcome a lot of adversity and I believe that I have been able to foster a skillset that allows me to overcome these obstacles and be even better on the other side. I want to help give people the tools they need to do the same.