Kristi Duffey introduced herself to Hellam Varon in 1997 and never looked back. She simply loves the people and the work. Hailing from Heimdal, North Dakota, a town of 30 people, one could certainly make an argument that she was under socialized growing up and is simply making up for lost time. "I like working out of the office. Meeting people," she grins. "I like easing people’s minds about the audit process." A specialist in auditing small businesses as well as 401k plans, she has ample opportunity to make new friends, a difficult thing to do as an auditor. That is, unless you are as naturally friendly as Kristi. "It really isn’t that scary," she says. And she loves nothing more than proving that point.
A season ticket holder to the Seahawks, her life outside the office seems equally gregarious. She plays softball, beach volleyball and flag football, sings alto in the Master Chorale Eastside, and tries to squeeze in a few Mariners games when she can. Perhaps her loquaciousness stems back to her upbringing, or the time she ran over a garter snake with a riding mower. (“It was traumatic!”) Whatever the explanation, her clients aren’t complaining.
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