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Kathi Koenig, CPA
"Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it…we are in charge of our attitudes."
Charles R. Swindoll
Years with the company:
Major Practice Areas:
Tax and business consulting. Industry emphasis: Healthcare accounting
What is it about accounting that drew your interest?
I was fortunate to have an experience that most people don’t have, as I worked in a private company in the accounting department in several positions. Because of that experience, I realized how much I loved accounting. Also, I worked with Larry Clark as our CPA for the Company and knew I would like to do what he did for us as his client. So I proceeded to go back to school to get the accounting and business courses I needed to sit for the CPA exam.
What has given you the greatest satisfaction on your job?
Working and helping clients. I love to give clients peace of mind, minimize their taxes, help them steer clear of unpleasant surprises and give them information they need to make good business decisions.
Describe your most memorable MHC&S moment:
I am not sure this was a moment, but it certainly was memorable. When my sister was terminally ill from breast cancer, the MHC&S team members organized themselves so they could provide meals to my sister and her family twice a week for three months. It showed me the caring and the generosity of our team members or as I call them my MHC&S family.
What words of wisdom would you offer aspiring accountants?
If you have a passion for accounting, like to help others, love to learn, love a challenge, then public accounting is for you!
Describe your work style?
Team oriented. I like to brainstorm and work with others to come up with the best solution for the client.
What are your favorite interests and hobbies?
Playing with my grandchildren, boating and relaxing at our lake home, flying, going fast in planes, cars and boats!
What is your favorite movie or book you have seen/read recently?
Book: David and Goliath: Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
Describe yourself with one word:
Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Business and Accounting courses, Drake University, Des Moines, IA
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants, Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance – Past President, National Association of Women Business Owners – Past President, Business and Professional Women of Des Moines – Past President, Women’s Reciprocity Breakfast Club - Past President, Joy Breakfast Club.