Karen Tavenner says she has always had an eye for detail. It’s one of the many reasons she is a terrific fit at Hellam Varon. From the moment she joined our Business Services group in 2019, it felt like she had spent her entire career with us! Karen’s background in industry and accounting makes her a natural advisor for our business clients. Much of Karen’s skill has been developed working in the construction field. Her experience includes auditing subsidiary businesses for a parent company, and she has a specific love of and proficiency at job and project costing. Karen also managed her own bookkeeping practice for over ten years and worked with a local CPA preparing tax returns.

​Karen particularly enjoys working with clients and the variety of personalities she meets. “I love that clients appreciate you and everything you do for them”, she comments. In helping her business clients, Karen thrives on the opportunity to work through many different issues that crop up for businesses, giving her a wide range of expertise.

Karen and her family live on the Eastside in the foothills of the Cascades. She enjoys the myriad of outdoor activities that the foothills afford. Karen is one of those rare folks who was born and raised in Western Washington, and she loves the fact that she could raise her own daughter here.

When asked why she chose Hellam Varon, Karen reflects that after the very first interview she told her husband, “Hellam Varon is more than a company of people. They are a people company. And I want to be part of it.” Well, Karen, we are so glad you found your way here to be a part of our team and our family!
KarenTavenner
ktavenner@hellamvaron.com
Education
​    Attended University of Washington for core studies in business
    Attended Shoreline Community College for specialized courses in bookkeeping and     accounting

Certifications
    Certified Xero Advisor
    Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, desktop and online certified

Practice Emphasis
​    Small business accounting
    Xero bookkeeping and consulting 
    QuickBooks setup, consulting and support
    Payroll preparation, business tax compliance and consulting
    Experience with Department of Revenue audits, employment security audits and L&I audits
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