Samuel Crosby came to Hellam Varon in 2018 in a circuitous route that gave him both practical business experience as well as accounting skills, enabling him to consult with his clients on a broad spectrum of issues. After receiving a BA in Political Science at Gonzaga University, Samuel began his foray into the business world working at a credit union, until he joined his family’s winery to manage outside sales and to build their wine club. Eventually, as general manager, Samuel was introduced to the accounting end of the business, broadening his knowledge base. When the family winery was sold, he was hired by Cougar Crest Winery to open and manage their Spokane location. These commercial experiences helped to develop Samuel’s interest in building small business. As a result, he began evaluating opportunities to grow his knowledge and skills to the next level. Samuel had demonstrated a real knack for accounting, and so he decided to head back to Gonzaga for a Masters in Accounting with an emphasis in tax. After spending three years at a Big Four accounting firm specializing in sales tax and state tax compliance, Samuel found Hellam Varon. The rest, as they say, is history!
When asked why Hellam Varon, Samuel comments, “Other companies want to say they are family, but at Hellam Varon it is more than just lip service. You can tell people want to be here.” For Samuel, Hellam Varon is large enough to offer interesting and unusual work with clients and yet small enough that he can see this as his long-term, career home. Additionally, he says “This firm is highly ethical, and I have come to realize that’s important to me.”
When he is not working on complex business returns, Samuel has a variety of interests, not the least of which is time spent with his husband, Chris. Samuel is also one of two million people worldwide who speaks the international language known as Esperanto, which was created in Poland in the 1880s. Practicing the language has helped him make friends around the world. He also enjoys cooking and counters the good food with running. And on the weekends, he can be seen at a new art exhibit or taking in a movie (independent films are his favorite). With his great intellect, ready laugh and sense of fun, Samuel fit in at Hellam Varon from day one…and we couldn’t be happier!
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