CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS
CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS
Guidance
We aspire to be your trusted guide, your collaborator, your ally, and your loyal supporter.

DPW provides a unique client experience based on a philosophy of service that goes beyond books and accounting. We’ve built an elite team who develop and serve remarkable clients. Each member is empowered to succeed through a culture renowned for camaraderie, teamwork, unity, and excellence. We at DPW embrace generosity, our communities and these core values:

INTEGRITY

We keep commitments, to each other and to our clients. We give honest answers to each other and our clients. We make sure our motives are client-oriented without regard to personal or professional gain.

LOYALTY & TRUST

We earn the trust of each other and of clients through the basics of competence, commitment, clarity, and consistency. These qualities, repeated on a daily basis, bring us the loyalty of our clients.

GENEROSITY

We’ve gathered people who derive personal satisfaction from over-delivering on every project. And sure enough, giving more than what is merely “required” is central to our success.

SERVANT LEADERSHIP

We strive to serve both those around us and those for whom we work. Our leadership undertakes the responsibility to provide vision, direction, and to invest in developing our people

EXCELLENCE

Attention to detail, on time every time – and exactly as promised, up-to-current compliance, coupled with tax planning counsel, persistence to solve problems, relevant advice and services that yield strong client trust.

IMPROVEMENT THROUGH CONTINUOUS INNOVATION

Pursue value-adding innovation, seek life-long learning and embrace positive change

TEAMWORK

We implement unity in all work relationships and shape our efforts toward a unified direction, collaborations, expectations and active mutual support.

Our Team

Alex-Zochert
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
The trait that I attribute to my success is persistence. In order to get things done when you're as young as I am you have to show a drive and passion for your work.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
People assume that the role of an Intern involves only coffee runs and making copies when in fact most of us are doing full time Tax Preparation.
What energizes you outside of work?
My passion outside of work is my Motorcycle. I ride a 2020 Harley Davidson Lowrider S. If the weather is good and I am not at work you can expect to find me on my bike.
Favorite quote or song?
"All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you."-Gandalf
Staff Accountant
Amy-Jordan
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
I am relational. I love building relationships with clients and learning about their business and goals on a more intimate level. A client’s financials are extremely personal and in order for them to turn over their business books to me, they have to trust me.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
People’s first assumption about me is that I love numbers; I do not. I love puzzles and I truly believe that tax planning is simply a massive puzzle begging to be solved.
What energizes you outside of work?
Cooking and entertaining family and friends, showing dogs, exploring the outdoors with my hubby, horseback riding, reading, and yoga.
Favorite quote or song?
Too many to mention! I love instrumental jazz and any song sung by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, or Nat King Cole.
Tax Manager
Ana-Buhler
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
I would say the personality trait I most attribute to my success is dependability. Even when I was very young, I could work without supervision as I tend to work evenly at a project until it is done.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
The biggest misconception people have about my position is that the more experienced an accountant is, the more they talk in incomprehensible numbers. I have found that we accountants tend to start learning incomprehensible numbers right away, then spend the rest of our lives learning to translate those numbers into human speech. The more experienced the accountant, the better he or she should be at understanding and explaining.
What energizes you outside of work?
Outside of work, I am energized by gardening. I love growing mainly plants that produce food, such as vegetables and berries, though there are some flowers I like too. I even enjoy weeding.
Favorite quote or song?
“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” – Edgar Allan Poe
Staff Accountant
Andrew-Bertz
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
My willingness to jump in head first. I always like a new challenge and it has allowed me the opportunity to learn a number of skills that have allowed me to succeed in my career.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
That once a shareholder you have more time to do “fun stuff”. Not so! The responsibility to Staff and my clients is still there and more so. But I wouldn’t change it.
What energizes you outside of work?
Get a project done and spending time with my family.
Favorite quote or song?
“You just keep thinkin’ Butch. That’s what you’re good at.” – From Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Shareholder
AnneMarie Dufault, DPW, Doty Pruett Wilson PC
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
Focus is what makes me successful. If I know what it is that I want to accomplish I focus on all of the ways that make it possible, and spend no time on the reasons it could fail. I believe in the concept of self fulfilling prophecy.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
Everyday is different... there is not a day that I come into work and my day goes exactly as planned, I love it! I think most would think that operations is not very exciting, especially at an accounting firm. But it is just the opposite. There are so many moving parts and with our growth and expansion we have exciting things going on all of the time.
What energizes you outside of work?
I love sports particularly football. I watch high school, college and professional football and run a youth football organization. I love the life lessons football teaches.
Favorite quote or song?
"You can't always get what you want" by the Rolling Stones because we can't always get what we want, so what. Keep working!
Principal & Chief Operating Officer
Ben-Wilson
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
My work habit. I believe I developed a great work habit from watching my dad provide for our family growing up. This gave me a fantastic example of how to work hard and do a good job while doing it.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
I think people believe all accountant’s are math geniuses but really we are good at using calculators and spreadsheets.
What energizes you outside of work?
Spending time with my family and traveling with my family.
Favorite quote or song?
Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for he Lord our God is with you wherever you go.
Shareholder
Brandy Harlan
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
Tenacity, because it drives me to find answers and solutions. I don’t like to give up on anything.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
That I “must be good at math”. I feel like bookkeeping is more about solving puzzles than doing math. I’m not bad at math, but I enjoy solving the mysteries bookkeeping presents. My husband is a freaky genius when it comes to math, but I can’t see him having the patience to solve a complicated bank reconciliation.
What energizes you outside of work?
Getting out in nature recharges me. I also thrive on spending time at home with my husband and our cats.
Favorite quote or song?
My favorite song is Wolves in Wolves Clothing by NOFX
Bookkeeper / Payroll Specialist
Charissa Franklin
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
I am a go-getter, if you give me a task you can be assured that it will get done.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
That I just answer phones. While that is a large part of an admin job, there are many other hats we wear.
What energizes you outside of work?
I love cooking and entertaining family and friends.
Favorite quote or song?
“The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees Opportunity In Every Difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
Client and Staff Specialist
Dan Dobson
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
Creative problem-solving. Sometimes it looks like I’m thinking outside the box when I’m simply exploring the existing boundaries more fully than others.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
Many think our job is math. However, it’s really about communication; we just happen to use numbers in our deliverables.
What energizes you outside of work?
God, family, friends, and food.
Favorite quote or song?
“We’re on a mission from God.” Elwood Blues, from The Blues Brothers (greatest movie ever made).
Director of CFO Services
Daniel-Monroy
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
My sense of curiosity. Whether in school or personal life, it has helped keep an open mind in terms of learning new things. When I find a topic of interest, I ask countless questions to try to learn more about it, just ask my mentor!
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
Internships are not all about coffee runs and photocopies. You actually get a chance to apply knowledge you learned in class in a real-life setting.
What energizes you outside of work?
Definitely my friends. Whether outdoor activities, concerts, or just gathering around a bonfire, they are always willing to go on an adventure.
Favorite quote or song?
Staff Accountant
Dawn-Cemulini-v2
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
I like learning new things. It’s fun to get into the details and really understand a topic. Then be able to apply it and share this information with others (collogues and clients).
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
Some people think accounting is boring but it is ever-changing. The past several years have been exceptional with the sweeping tax changes under the current and previous presidents.
What energizes you outside of work?
Nothing’s better than spending time with family and friends and enjoying the outdoors whether it’s hiking, skiing, or relaxing in one of our many favorite places.
Favorite quote or song?
“Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Tax Manager
Dennis-Weibling
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
I have great interest in analyzing scenarios available when preparing a tax return. Ensuring that the return is not only correct, but that any alternative preparation positions are considered, allowing the most beneficial position to be chosen for the taxpayer.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
I don’t know what misconceptions others have...
What energizes you outside of work?
Travel and spending time with family.
Favorite quote or song?
Amarillo by Morning
Tax Manager
Donald-King
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
All my life I have had a desire to learn. This desire has driven me to gain a technical knowledge about our tax system that has allowed me to help my clients navigate the complexities of the tax system while they make their business a success.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
The biggest misconception of our job is that we just prepare tax returns. The tax return is a small part of what we do. The biggest benefit that we bring to our client is the ability to consult and discuss business activities with our client and advise them on how these activities both benefit them personally and optimize their tax obligations. We strive to be proactive in our approach with our clients and help them be aware of the tax implications of their activities.
What energizes you outside of work?
Outside of work, I enjoy participating in scouting activities with my two sons and daughter. Particularly we enjoy being in the outdoors and camping.
Favorite quote or song?
One popular phrase that I use in scouting is improvise, adapt and overcome. I do my best to apply this to all aspects of my personal and professional life.
Sr. Tax Manager & Director of SALT Services
Don-Levitt
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
My curiosity and desire for learning. It has pushed me to explore new areas of my life and career, to the benefit of both.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
That I’ve moved on from putting the right numbers in the right boxes to making sure others have put the right numbers in the right boxes. While that is certainly part of my job, my main responsibility is to make sure our clients needs are being met by facilitating the appropriate solutions. While tax returns are part of that, it could also be lending needs, or coordinating with other professionals.
What energizes you outside of work?
What, three kids aren’t enough? Outside of work and family, I really enjoy driving. Over the course of the summer I’ll do 5-10 track events.
Favorite quote or song?
"The truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is." -Winston Churchill
Sr. Tax Manager
Ehsan
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
I can never consider myself perfect and this makes me always to do my best and learn more.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
People think I might be able to solve an algebraic equation without any tool but the reality is for summing up two single digits I use a calculator.
What energizes you outside of work?
Writing short stories and working with my family on the ranch.
Favorite quote or song?
Come Waltz With Me from Demis Rouses
Staff Accountant
innah
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
Having a positive attitude. It makes challenging days easier to bear, and regular days go by faster.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
It’s a common misconception that there’s plenty of downtime at the front desk when calls are not coming in. To the contrary, we do the bulk of our duties in between calls.
What energizes you outside of work?
Sightseeing and spending time with family and friends.
Favorite quote or song?
“We mustn’t say more than we should, but we mustn’t say less than we must.” - Alistair Begg
Staff & Client Specialist
Jake Beach
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
I endeavor to persevere. Regardless of a challenge on the job or hardship in life, I have found a way to take it on and succeed.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
Assuming I am at all tech-savvy.
What energizes you outside of work?
High-intensity cardio. There’s something about routinely getting your heart rate in the 160s for a spin or elliptical session that always makes me feel good.
Favorite quote or song?
Reply to Philip II: “If.”-The Spartans
Staff Accountant
James Pontius
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
My inability to let things go. I will work on a problem till it is complete, even if something starts to stump me.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
That this is a position that is not difficult. While it might be paperwork, or for us digital documents, it still requires a lot of thought and planning to make sure everything is done correctly and on time while balancing other projects that we do.
What energizes you outside of work?
Spending time with my family.
Favorite quote or song?
“You know, the ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls got to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions. Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not. ‘Have you found joy in your life?’ ‘Has your life brought joy to others?’” - Carter Chambers, from The Bucket List
Client and Staff Specialist
Janie-Garcia
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
I am a very determined person and like to think outside the box. If you give me a difficult task/problem, I will strive to figure out a solution.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
A lot of people may think my job is mostly traditional clerical work. But a lot of times you will not find me sitting at my desk. My primary duties involve me being on my feet printing out tax returns once they are ready to be delivered to clients . With my variety of duties/responsibilities that I have acquired over the years, I never know what I will be doing each day.
What energizes you outside of work?
I am a LEGO enthusiast. In my spare time, I build the advanced LEGO sets and have a little city in my living room. I also love crafts, especially with my Cricut machine.
Favorite quote or song?
“When life gives you lemons, make orange juice and leave the world wondering how you did it.”
Lead Client & Staff Specialist
Johanas-Kile
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
Tenacity, I never give up on anything I set my mind to do.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
What energizes you outside of work?
Spending time with my family and friends, scuba diving, camping, and learning new things.
Favorite quote or song?
“When you say, "I can't do it!" - You never will. But, if you say, "I'll give it a try," eventually you will succeed.” ― Anthony T.Hincks
Client Concierge
Jordan Blankers
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
Teachability. I believe that the key to IT is not what you know, but how well you can learn and find out new information.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
That IT is a waste of money, when people properly embrace new technologies it can empower their business, provide data to help make better business decisions, and create opportunities for businesses to grow.
What energizes you outside of work?
Helping friends and family, it doesn’t matter what the project is, I just enjoy making other people’s lives easier.
Favorite quote or song?
“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” - Unknown
IT Manager
Kelli Pallister
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
My drive and ambition. I thrive on reaching goals and working toward achieving my greatest potential in whatever endeavors I decide to pursue, whether it’s a new hobby or my career.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
That accountants are socially awkward, math-loving bores. This is a highly relational occupation, both working within your team and as you form trusted relationships with clients to assist them year-round with not only tax services, but business strategy and planning.
What energizes you outside of work?
Spending time with the people I love and my French Bulldog, Bruno, or enjoying various hobbies. My free time is spent playing guitar, shooting pool, adding concert ticket stubs to my collection, traveling to new places, or spending football season rooting for the 49ers, Raiders, or Oregon State Beavers.
Favorite quote or song?
“You are a perishable item. Live accordingly.”
Senior Staff Accountant
Kelsa Balde
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
Bubbly and outgoing. A true extrovert! I love meeting people and appreciate authenticity in working together to create something amazing.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
A big misconception is that marketing=advertising. In reality, there is a wide variety of functional areas of marketing. Lead generation, SEO (search engine optimization), networking, email and social media, just to name a few.
What energizes you outside of work?
Music, my son Max, and my family
Favorite quote or song?
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”
Senior Marketing and Event Specialist
Lilly
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
My leadership skills and drive for more has helped me to always look to better myself and better the team around me. I constantly strive to grow, learn, and increase in my success and the success of the firm. I attribute my leadership abilities to this success because of the
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
That we are good at math. That is the first thing most people say! Now, I was good at math in high school, but I always tell people, accounting is more like a puzzle and less of a math problem. We take a client’s situation and work to find the best solution!
What energizes you outside of work?
Camping and spending time with my hubby, Ryan, and dog, Gunner. We enjoy spending time exploring all over Oregon, riding quads, and sipping whisky by the campfire.
Favorite quote or song?
“When your light shines brighter, others won’t be harmed by the glare; they’ll be encouraged to become a more luminescent version of themselves. That’s what leadership looks like.” – Rachel Hollis
Senior Staff Accountant
Macy Goodwin
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
Futuristic. Throughout my life, I would constantly be dreaming about my future. I would use these dreams to take immediate action steps that would help me get to where I wanted to go. I would put in the hard work early on because I knew it would help me attain my dream.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
Many people think I am some sort of math wizard. Yes, you need to know basic math skills, but accounting is more about solving puzzles. It's figuring out all the different pieces to make the puzzle work. I just happen to use a 10-key to help me get there.
What energizes you outside of work?
Hiking energizes me. I am an avid hiker and am known to go on multiple hikes every weekend. I enjoy a tough climb up a mountain because the view is so worth it. It's such a cool way to explore the world!
Favorite quote or song?
Any type of country music!
Senior Staff Accountant
Maria-Rivas
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
Self – Discipline. Without it I would have never been able to finish my Master’s online and get my CPA license.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
That I am a number cruncher. Most are unaware that being a CPA is way more than data entry. It allows you to wear different hats: •The Communicator (Taking complex financial data and tax law and being able to communicate it to clients) •The Business Consultant (Taking the financial data and being able tell a story. Helping clients understand the financial health of their business and implement a plan for them to follow to reach their goals) •The Friend (Being able to build a long-term relationship with our clients and gain their trust)
What energizes you outside of work?
Cross-Fit and family. I love working out and being able to spend time with my loved ones.
Favorite quote or song?
“The road to success is long and uphill all the way” – John C. Maxwell
Sr. Tax Manager & Director of Bi-Lingual Services
Mary Gerlach
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
I care for my clients. I like to get to know them, listen to their challenges and help come up with solutions.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
We do not just fill in boxes on a tax return. We like to build a relationship with our clients to become part of their team of trusted advisors for business and personal.
What energizes you outside of work?
I have two adult children who I love spending time with. I also love our furry family, a chocolate lab and 3 cats. I enjoy spending time with friends and family and always look forward to sunny weather.
Favorite quote or song?
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” -Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride
Tax & Payroll Services Manager
Mayra Rivas
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
Very optimistic and motivated by opportunities to gain knowledge to show my expertise and produce quality work.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
The field of accounting is full of boring people who love nothing better than a spreadsheet.
What energizes you outside of work?
Going on hikes!
Favorite quote or song?
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” -Maya Angelou
Senior Staff Accountant
Melissa-Jahn
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
Goal Oriented - I see success as a direct result of focusing on my goals. For me, setting clear short-term/long-term goals helps me to stay focused while completing daily tasks. Goals allow me to track my progress, which keeps me motivated as the results often fuel my drive.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
The biggest misconception people often have is that I am a CPA or an Accountant. This is often assumed by people when they learn I work at a CPA firm or prepare taxes. While I am an LTP rather than a CPA and majored in Business Management rather than Accounting, that is not something easily determined by my position title. The title was chosen as it is broad and open-ended, which is fitting given by background in administrative support, operations and tax preparation.
What energizes you outside of work?
Something that energizes me outside of work is spending time with friends and family. It can be as simple as seeing a movie or getting a group together for game night. I love long weekends at the dunes riding while camping on the sand with friends. Time to myself is also very important. I enjoy reading or get pampered with a massage, manicure or pedicure.
Favorite quote or song?
"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
Staff Accountant & APO Services
Michiyo Taenko
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
I am friendly, timely, and truly care for my clients. I lead by being proactive and positive.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
Being a CPA is not just all about numbers, we wear many hats!
What energizes you outside of work?
All animals make me very happy. My Sugar Gliders and my kitty especially. I also enjoy scuba diving on vacation.
Favorite quote or song?
Sr. Tax Manager
Nigel Reid
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
I see the positives in every situation. Positive thoughts make me courageous in overcoming any obstacle.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
Accountants are boring.
What energizes you outside of work?
I love to workout, read, watch sports. and view tranquil areas.
Favorite quote or song?
If you’re resilient, you’ll get what you’re looking for. If you’re consistent, you’ll keep it, but if you’re grateful, whatever you want will increase.
Senior Staff Accountant
Patrick Mock
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
Persistence and Willingness to ask for help. Don’t give up. There are others who are willing to help along the way.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
Accountants don’t need to be creative.
What energizes you outside of work?
I have a young family, and watching my daughter grow up motivates me to work hard.
Favorite quote or song?
Be water, my friend. – Bruce Lee
Staff Accountant
Rachel Mann
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
Consistency and punctuality.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
That it’s all paperwork and data entry. The majority of any given day is really customer service and problem solving.
What energizes you outside of work?
Working with my hands: Knitting, cross-stitch and sewing.
Favorite quote or song?
“We are not history yet. We are happening Now. How miraculous is that?” – Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (WTNV)
Client & Staff Specialist
Roman Ganchenko
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
Confidence, I’m willing to take risks and not fear failure. I’m confident in my abilities and know I can get the job done.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
That the work that interns do isn’t very important. Interns are given projects that are crucial to the firm that also provide a great learning experience.
What energizes you outside of work?
Something that energizes me outside of work is going to the gym and playing pickup basketball.
Favorite quote or song?
“When life gets hard, don’t say why me? Say try me.”
ACCOUNTING INTERN
Saerim Vosler, DPW, Doty Pruett Wilson PC
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
I like challenging myself and seeing how far I can go. Setting bigger and bolder goals is the only way to find out. That is the motivation propelling me.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
People in my position do not judge others based on their financial situations. We are only here to provide objective data driven assistance. I am on your team!
What energizes you outside of work?
Family!
Favorite quote or song?
You cannot be happy every day, but there are happy things every day. – Winnie the Pooh, Disney
Staff Accountant
Samuel Miller
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
I am analytical, curious, and relational. These traits allow me to search out information, know how to use the information, and communicate in a way that shows I’m listening. I want to seek out answers and help people along the way.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
People think I got into accounting because I enjoy doing math all day. In reality, software does most the math for me, but on a separate note, I enjoy math puzzles.
What energizes you outside of work?
Long walks, going to the coast, and spending time with my wife and two daughters. My biggest hobby is songwriting.
Favorite quote or song?
My favorite song is Skinny Love by Bon Iver. The whole album is incredible, and I have listened to it an innumerable number of times.
Staff Accountant
Sarah Goode
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
I believe my diverse life experience allows me to connect with people really well. I’ve served in the military, and worked in the retail, restaurant, and agriculture industries before I found my passion for accounting.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
We are not just about making things, “count” (you know, accounting, but we truly can make a big difference in peoples’ lives. I love being able to step in and see if we can financially help a client, either in their business or personal life.
What energizes you outside of work?
I love to hang out with my friends, work with my horse and travel.
Favorite quote or song?
A quote from the movie Pursuit of Happyness, “Don’t ever let anyone tell you you can’t do something. If you want something, go get it. Period.”
Staff Accountant
Sharon Hill
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
What energizes you outside of work?
I enjoy cooking, reading, knitting and antiquing.
Favorite quote or song?
Tax Manager
Sonya Croff
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
​Being detail-oriented. It helps me stick with the task until it's just the way I want it.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
It's boring.
What energizes you outside of work?
Looking at houses for remodeling ideas or flipping.
Favorite quote or song?
Mine happens to be both—"Be careful what you wish for 'cause you just might get it all"
Bookkeeper
Stephanie Jones
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
I love challenges. The bigger the puzzle the more excited I get about tackling it!
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
That it is boring. I love to see numbers come together so you can see the whole picture!
What energizes you outside of work?
Traveling to warm tropical climates, reading, and my dog!
Favorite quote or song?
Do or do not. There is no try. - Yoda
Bookkeeping Manager & APO Services
Terry-Borden
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
A calm focused approach. Our company and our clients value good communication and appreciate that my style is low-key and respectful. I try to listen well and then follow through. I enjoy helping to make our firm and our clients financially successful.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
What energizes you outside of work?
When I am not at work, I'm a crafty homebody. I love to hang out with my husband, three children and our dog Scrappy.
Favorite quote or song?
“Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain” (Vivian Greene, 2006)
Business Manager
Tina Hamel
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
In the Office Manager/HR role I wear many hats and use a wide variety of personality traits, training, and skill (optimism, problem-solving, accessibility, dedication, flexible, accountable, cheerleader, hard work, empathy and the ability to admit weaknesses).
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
That you have be the smartest person on the team. A good manager builds a team of intelligent people who poses strengths beyond hers and takes advantage of the skills and talents of everyone on the team. By utilizing the team’s talents to the fullest everyone benefits; that is a win-win!
What energizes you outside of work?
People doing good things, spending time with family & friends, and spending time with mother nature (Oregon: mountain, ocean, desert; camping, hiking, crabbing, fishing, driving back roads, and snorkeling in Hawaii).
Favorite quote or song?
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never ends.” -1 Corinthians 13:4–8a
Office/HR Manager
Tyler Coates
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
Not letting people outwork me in any aspect of life. That helped me make my way through sports to the collegiate level and is what will guide me to being successful in the working world.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
People think accountants sit at a desk all day and don’t move. Although that isn’t particularly true because we often walk to coworkers’ offices to go over questions, go on daily walks outside to reset or raise our desks to stand while working.
What energizes you outside of work?
Family, friends, and sports are what energize me outside of work!
Favorite quote or song?
The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.
Staff Accountant
Tyson-Pruett
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
My competitive nature. I want to be the best at whatever I do. So the best company, the best tax return, the best financials, it all is about doing our best.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
People think we must like math. Math is great, but it's more about liking to problem solve. How do we help a business grow? How do we reduce taxes? How do we help you achieve your goals? That’s what we really like!
What energizes you outside of work?
Faith, family and friends are what energize me. Spending time with good people, building memories and helping others. It's hard to go wrong with any of these things.
Favorite quote or song?
“Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one’s taxes. Over and over again the Courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does it, rich and poor alike and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands.” – Judge Learned Hand
Shareholder
Valaria Garcia
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
The personality trait that most attributes to my success is drive. I have the determination to work hard and make sure things get done. I take pride in seeing things getting completed and taking charge when it’s necessary.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
The biggest misconception about my position is marketing jobs are only for creative types. There are many marketing roles available to people with quantitative and analytical skills. There is always room for creative people too.
What energizes you outside of work?
The gym and spending time with family and friends!
Favorite quote or song?
The gym and spending time with family and friends!
Marketing Intern
xander-Sinur
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
Ambitious, the only way I have been able to succeed is to convince myself that I have the ability to achieve greatness. Whether it is doubters, education, or rolling with the punches, ambition allows you to get back up again.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
The word "Intern".
What energizes you outside of work?
Spending time with my wife, family, and friends. Outside of people, I love snowboarding, mountain biking, playing pick up basketball, and so much more.
Favorite quote or song?
"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." - C. S. Lewis
Staff Accountant
Zach-Hatefi
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
I enjoy solving puzzles and putting pieces together. This helps me with work because accounting is all about looking at the pieces that you have and figuring out how to put them together in a way that makes sense for the client.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
People often think that accounting has a lot to do with math but for accountant's today all of the math is either done on a 10 key or a spreadsheet.
What energizes you outside of work?
I enjoy my spending time with my wife and our cats and getting outside for hikes or disc golf.
Favorite quote or song?
Heath McNease Be Clean Again
Sr. Staff Accountant
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