Brenda Bartlett has supplied Hellam Varon with her not inconsiderable talents since 1999. She describes herself as a generalist with a significant background in both audits and tax, and has of late been spending quite a bit of her time working on office efficiencies. "I've been working with Microsoft Access," she explains. "It really makes information more accessible for everyone in the office."
As a specialist in closely held businesses, she enjoys working directly with her clients and, as she puts it, "removing the pain from the audit process". A lofty ambition to be sure, but not an impossible one. "My goal is to maintain auditor independence without forgoing trust, empathy, respect, and an interpersonal relationship." Yes, she sounds like a very sane and levelheaded woman, but it should be noted that she raises crickets in a box in her kitchen as food for a ten year old Leopard Gecko, Spotty. Crickets that she claims "serenade" her.
Brenda appreciates the advantages of working with a smaller firm. Specifically the ability to work directly with clients as individuals, as well as having fewer coworkers from whom she must hide her entomological pursuits. "When you work with your clients on a personal level, you have the ability to avoid asking them the same questions over and over," she says. "It makes everything simpler."
When not in the office she might be found exploring a national park from the seat of a white water raft or the back of a snowmobile. Or perhaps just sitting with her husband, Art, listening to crickets.
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