WilliamsonBusiness.Net 100 Leading Women 2018: Dottie Northam

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Dottie Northam is a native Tennessean. She grew up in the suburbs surrounding Memphis. In 1973, Dottie, fresh out of High School, married Doug Northam and started her career in the Memphis office of Bankers Life of Des Moines, IA (now known as Principal Financial Group). While working on her career and starting a family, she attended The University of Memphis, taking business related courses. In 1985, she became the first outside Service Representative nationwide for Principal, and helped the company establish protocol for servicing Employer Sponsored Retirement Plans.

Dottie’s life was changed for the better when in 1999 she was asked to move to the Nashville area and open a Retirement and Investor Services office for Principal in Brentwood. She made another change for the better in 2006 when she decided to retire from the “corporate world” and become a Financial Services Rep for Principal. Today, she sells and services employer sponsored retirement plans, as well as individual financial and insurance products for her own clients.

Dottie has always been involved in the community in which she resides. When her children were young, she was always an officer for the local Booster Clubs, working to make those clubs better for the community and especially the children served. While her children were growing up, she was the Wee Worship Director for the church they attended.

After moving to Franklin in 1999, Dottie traveled quite a bit and found it difficult to be involved in community organizations because she was never home. But, since work travel slowed in 2006, she has been involved in a number of organizations, including Williamson, Inc., NAIFA, Million Dollar Round Table, NAWBO and NAWIC. In 2007, she was nominated for the Athena Award by NAWIC. Her main interest today is the Rotary Club of Franklin at Breakfast. Dottie has served on the Board for 7 years and has been the President of the Club for 2 years. She is very passionate about the work that her club does for the community.

Dottie and Doug still live in the home they bought in Franklin in 2001. They have 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren who now live in the Eagleville area.

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