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March Employee Spotlight: Allyson Grimm

Published by Andrea Cannistraci on 04 Mar 2018

Allyson joined Summit CPA Group about two months ago. Her last name may look familiar—her husband, Jake, also works at Summit. The burning question I had, “How does that work ---living and working remote with your spouse?”

Before working at SCPA, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

Most recently, I worked at a construction company as a controller but I’ve been in various verticals from manufacturing to public education to the traditional CPA firm where I worked onsite at clients’ offices. Working for the school district was a challenge. I did “fund accounting” and once the budget was set, it was set. It was very forward-focused, a lot of forecasting and every decision impacted students in the entire district.

Are you messy or organized?
Messy organized. I know where stuff is if it’s messy.

Where is your favorite place to eat?
There is a family owned restaurant here in Fort Wayne called Club Soda. They have excellent martinis, good steaks, and seafood.

What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing accounting?
Something more fulfilling—service work or volunteer work -- in the healthcare field.

Describe Summit CPA in three words.
Flexible, appreciative (of employees), fun.

If you could pick one theme for SCPA to turn into a book about the company, what would it be?
I thought you said these questions were going to be easy? Personalities—my colleagues are not your typical accountants. They are not dry; they are actually quite sarcastic.

What do you find the most challenging at SCPA?
When 5pm comes, I need to leave my house. I’m not a home-body. I teach a class on financials through Junior Achievement at the Middle School. I also volunteer at the elementary school my kids attend.

How is it working from home with the same company in the same home with your spouse?
Luckily, we work on different levels in the house—we actually never see each other. It was a smoother transition than I thought it would be. I would always wonder why a load of laundry or dishes could not get done during the day. Well now I know there is hardly time to grab lunch.

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