ISCPA Member Spotlight
This feature spotlights members of ISCPA, their career path, and some fun and favorite things about them.
Have you mentored any younger CPAs or other young business people in your community? I am currently an e-mentor with ISCPA for several college students who wish to pursue a career as a CPA.
What message do you have for high school and college kids about a career as a CPA? While technical skills are important, a career as a CPA is not all related to numbers. It is equally important, or perhaps more important, to have good communication skills. It is common in public accounting, even early in our careers to speak with, and build relationships with high-level executives. It’s important to be able to clearly communicate, understand and listen during these conversations.
What is your biggest achievement to date? Being a working mother. I am thankful for a firm who strongly encourages us to have a balance and provides us with the flexibility in our schedule to achieve success in my career as a public accountant, and as a mother.
What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the profession? The biggest change I have seen in my 14 years in public accounting is the use of technology, which has led our teams to be more efficient and effective in how we audit. We strive to be paperless and are able to maintain our audit work electronically in databases that we can all connect to from anywhere.
What is most rewarding about your job? Not only is it rewarding to provide high quality service to our clients and be an advisor to them on all their audit, tax or consulting needs, but it is just as rewarding to watch and help our people grow and progress through their career.
What is a dream, goal, or bucket list item at the top of your list? Going on a family vacation to Hawaii to celebrate my 40th birthday. My kids recently asked how old I am so they could figure out how soon we would be going. They weren’t quite as excited to learn we have several years before our Hawaii trip would become a reality. I like to plan ahead, so planning years in advance is not uncommon for me!
Jessica and her husband Cooper reside in Cedar Falls with son Raleigh (8) and daughter Jovie (7).
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