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Every month we spotlight one of our employees so you can get to know us better.
This month we bring you: Kristen Reinking
- What’s your role at Summit CPA Group? How long have you been there?
I’m a Virtual CFO, and I’ve been with Summit for three and a half years.
- How did you get your start?
I’ve dabbled in operations and finance in past lives. My role at the company I worked with 18 years prior to Summit really focused on helping make clients more successful. That experience translated quite well into my role here as VCFO.
- What advice would you give to recent new hires?
The world has changed so much and we must change with the times. I would highly advise reading. The books that the VCFOs here at Summit regularly read really focus on the same tips: listening to co-workers, being open, living the core values, offering value, being adaptive, and collaborating. Dare to Lead by Brené Brown is the book we are reading now—it’s a good book for CFOs.
- Do you prefer white, dark, or milk chocolate?
Every year my parents still get a white chocolate bunny for Easter.
- What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?
a. Don't be afraid to make a decision. Doing something and learning from a mistake (if you were wrong) always outweighs doing nothing at all.
b. Be brave.
c. Genuinely care about others. This makes life much more fulfilling and rewarding.
- What color is your home office?
My home office is actually my proper dining room. It’s a sand color and really ties in with rest of my home.
- If you could be on any tv game show, which one would you choose?
The Price is Right—back in the Bob Barker days.
- What’s the one thing you’ve waited in line for the longest?
The Toy Story ride at Disney. I waited 80 minutes in the sun.
- What’s your proudest moment at Summit?
My happiness and pride starts with my clients. That’s meaningful to me—helping my clients.
- What are the keys to developing the next generation of leaders in this industry?
Read the books and learn how to lead. You need a team, you need to care about them personally, listen to them, and have candid conversations. Developing a team is key. Start with the basics, like relationships. Get the buy-in, establish trust, and have those open, candid communications. And always be caring.
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