Meet our Members
This feature spotlights members of ISCPA, their career path, and some fun and favorite things about them. These siblings all followed a path to CPA careers and are with one firm.
Where do you work and what’s your role? I am a senior manager for McGowen Hurst Clark Smith (MHCS) in West Des Moines. I am in the leadership group for not-for-profit entities and specialize in tax. I help organizations with exemption applications, keeping in compliance for their tax-exempt status, IRS filings and general guidance. I still help with for-profit work too!
What can we find you doing when you’re not a work? Most likely, I am at the ball field or gym for one of my girls’ activities! I have two girls, 7 and 10. Our family is big into sports. We play at all times of the year. My husband coaches almost every sport they are involved in, so I am usually helping in any way I can. For me, I love to read. When I have time, I like to dig into a book, but I listen to audiobooks as well!
What’s one thing you can’t make it through the day without? Probably my phone, but not in the way one might initially think. I love to listen to music and also use it as an e-reader when I have a few spare minutes. Or when I am in the car, I love podcasts and audiobooks!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Still working with not-for-profit entities! I really enjoy interacting with the officers and boards of the organizations. They truly have a passion for what they are doing, and I love that I can help them reach their goals.
What (or who) motivates you the most? Helping and doing good in the community. I love that I get to help not-for-profit groups, and in turn, they help others. I get to support so many different types of groups that help people, animals, professional organizations, etc. I have the skills to help them with their business and tax-exemption, and they can spend their time making our community even better.
What ways have you been involved in ISCPA and how have they benefited you? The ISCPA is the best network for CPAs in our community. There are so many resources at our fingertips. I take advantage of the wonderful CPE opportunities and the work they are doing behind the scenes for our profession is amazing. I love spreading the word about careers of CPAs, so I help with the Career Awareness committee. I like educating students on the different options you can have with a CPA license and the ISCPA gives me the resources and platform to help!
What made you want to become a CPA? I started off in the profession because I love the numbers. I took three years of accounting in high school and declared my major right away at Iowa State. Doing the accounting work for companies and preparing tax returns felt like I was doing a puzzle, trying to get everything put together for a final product. But as the years progressed, I knew I wanted to stay in this profession because I realized that I could really help people. You can help family businesses run and keep the legacy alive or help organizations that have wonderful missions. There are so many possibilities!
What’s your best piece of advice for a college student thinking about becoming a CPA? Make the contacts early! The best way to decide if you will like the profession is talking to people in the industry. Ask questions and do internships when possible!
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