For nearly 30 years, I have worked in public accounting, but really it started long before I graduated from JMU with a degree in business administration, with a concentration in accounting. My dad was an accountant and I kept the books for several small businesses while I was in school.
When I graduated from high school, I was interested in many different majors from architecture to pediatric care, but accounting won out. I love the career I chose and love building relationships with clients. I like being able to add value and help them get the most useful information out of their financial records. I want to provide my clients accurate, timely reports that they feel very comfortable making critical management decisions based on.
I like being a sole proprietor because I can take the time I need to really develop relationships and understand my clients’ needs. I have a desire to know them and know more than just their books. By trying to understand what they are trying to accomplish and their long-term goals, I can provide services above and beyond a set of books; services that will help them look to the future by knowing financially where they've been and where they currently stand. When I develop a personal understanding of my clients’ situations, I am much more equipped to look deeper and further into their books, give them more value and help them strategize for the future.
In addition to my love of numbers, I am committed to my family. I have six children and six grandchildren. Most live in the area with one daughter residing in Richmond and one son and his family in Hawaii. My two youngest children are still at home and love baseball and softball so we spend many days, nights and weekends at the ball fields. In addition, I’ve had a lifelong love of horseback riding. Trail rides are my favorite and my youngest daughter has recently picked up my love for horses, as well. I anticipate owning a horse again in the near future.