Cynthia Petrie arrived at Hellam Varon back in 2000 bringing with her 18 years of experience in the accounting world. Originally a psych and English major, she describes her descent into accounting as "sheer luck and serendipity". "I’m lucky that my career path has taken me towards estate and trust work because I get to really help people, sometimes during very difficult periods of their lives," she says. "I know I make a difference." Cynthia currently specializes in estate planning and taxation, trust income tax planning, fiduciary accounting, and gifting issues, as well as planning and tax compliance for complex individual situations, closely-held businesses, real estate and family partnerships. She is adept at teaming up with her clients’ attorneys and investment advisors to translate complex estate and tax planning ideas into understandable terms.
When Cynthia is out of the office, and not busy elsewhere (a decidedly rare condition) she might be found enjoying a round of golf during a weekend get away at her Hat Island cabin, reading mystery novels, or - now that her sons are grown and she is no longer running water polo and swim teams! - just hanging around the house with her husband, Roger and their two dogs, Gus and Phoebe. She was bitten by the travel bug starting with her 1972 move from Minnesota to Seattle with her cat in a ’57 Ford Fairlane, and has logged trips over the past 10 years to Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, the U.K., South Africa, Guatemala, Australia, and Hong Kong. She continues to take numerous journeys around the United States between overseas jaunts, albeit using more dependable modes of transportation, and sans cat.
When it comes to Hellam Varon, Cynthia couldn't be happier with where she's ended up. "The people here really do respect and care about each other, and our clients and business colleagues are the best," she says. "I love the people and the work." Serendipity, indeed.
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