How long have you been with NWESI?
I’ve been with NWESI for 42 years and started full-time in 1980. However, I remember when I was in high school, my dad (Gene Garoutte) would bring home water data reports that I would type on the typewriter while sitting at the dining room table. I would also color blueprints sometimes for jobs they were working on.
What is your current role and what does it cover?
My title is Senior Accounting Specialist and my primary role is split between payroll and accounting duties.
What roles have you played while working at NWESI?
Since I’ve been here so long, I’ve done just about everything in the admin department including payroll, general accounting, accounts payable, billing and accounts receivable, notary, TAB reports, and clerical work. I’m also the go-to person for Ajera in regard to troubleshooting and implementing new features that become available.
How have you grown personally or professionally since being here?
Personally, I would say I’ve gained self-confidence, learned to say yes to new things, and have developed a growth mindset in regard to setting goals for myself. Professionally, I have found there is always something new to learn, so I am often researching and reading up on payroll law and procedures. I have also learned a lot about basic accounting practices.
What is your favorite part of work and why?
My favorite part of my job is when I’m charged with the task of solving a problem or when I see a problem and have to figure out a way to solve it. I love a challenge – whether it’s reconciling a general ledger account down to the penny or finding ways for company processes to become more efficient. It gives me a sense of accomplishment. Another favorite part of my work are the people at NWESI. Everyone is really great to work with!
What are your outside hobbies?
I love shopping for antiques to decorate my home and painting antique furniture. I also love music. My other hobby is singing at church, in small ensembles, trios or duets (with my sister Gayle). COVID basically brought all this to a halt, but it’s still in my heart and I hope to get back to it someday.