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Re: Why did you become an accountant / bookkeeper?

Hi @Anonymous,

 

The why and the how are two different stories, but the both are responsible for the journey that brought me here today.

 

The Journey: Ever since a young age, I have always been good with numbers, and always imagined myself as the CFO of a multi-million-dollar corporation.  What I did not know was that title would be place on me by one of our (Parkway Business Solutions) clients.

 

After earning my degree in Business Economics with an Accounting Emphasis, I spent many years managing companies for other people.  Unlike any other part of my formal education, my business and accounting classes were put into use daily. This lasted through 2012.

 

Toward the end of the last recession, I was forced with a hard decision between letting a couple employees go or to terminate myself.  Thanks to that decision, I found myself employed as a recruiter for Robert Half and Randstad. As a glorified salesman with an accounting degree, I enjoyed helping accounting professional find their next career opportunity and loved meeting with all the different companies to learn about their pain points.

 

My time in the staffing industry helped me gain the confidence in my accounting knowledge while also showing me just how similar the problems were facing companies regardless of industry.

 

While working for Robert Half, I received a phone call from a person looking for assistance on an inventory project. That person, Mike Snelson, is now my business partner at Parkway. Mike had developed a powerful workflow that allowed him to handle the accounting for multiple companies at once and I was blown away.

 

Now, almost 5 years later, Parkway is responsible for the financials for 40+ companies every month as well as additional project work.  Additionally, the lessons we learned along the way have led us to develop our own accounting application called @Vendorsync.

 

Our Goal: At Parkway our goal has been to help small businesses better understand their financial information allowing them to focus on the thing that matters most to them.