Meet the Team: Rena Siddall

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Rena Siddall

Rena Siddall, Marketing Associate   How did you end up working with Red Granite?  My background is in non-profit management and then my husband signed a contract in Europe. So the fact that Red Granite needed someone with my skill set and was willing to hire a remote freelancer was a gift! What’s your area of […]

Meet the Team: Jurie Victor

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Jurie Victor

Jurie Victor,  Associate    How did you end up working with Red Granite? What path brought you here? After teaching English in South Korea for a few years, I went back to school to obtain a Bachelors in Finance. My wife and I settled in Chicago after 5 years of traveling where I stumbled upon […]

Meet the Team: Jessica Martensen

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Jessica Martensen

Jessica Martensen, Associate Jessica Martensen

 

How did you end up working with Red Granite? What path brought you here?

I worked as a bookkeeper while in college. After graduating I spent 2 years traveling overseas and working for a non-profit outside of Atlanta, GA. When I moved back to Chicago I heard about Red Granite from Carolyn through a mutual connection and I was lucky enough to join the team!

 

What’s your area of expertise?

I’m kind of a Quickbooks pro.. not to brag or anything.

 

What gets you excited about working with Red Granite?

 Our clients! They all have have different types of businesses and challenges and it’s really awesome to see them develop and grow. There is always something new to learn and that’s exciting!  Read more

Meet the Team: Kevin Gubish

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Kevin Gubish

Kevin Gubish

Kevin Gubish, Associate

How did you end up working with Red Granite? What path brought you here?

I moved to Chicago from Pittsburgh, where I worked in the finance field, and began job searching, that’s when I came across Red Granite. I saw that in order to apply for the job I had to submit a video interview which made me a little nervous and I almost didn’t. Fortunately, I submitted the interview and Chris/Red Granite liked me enough to give me this great opportunity and experience.

 

What’s the one problem you’re best at solving for your clients?

I like to show clients that I’m consistent and dependable so they know what to expect from me and trust me to get the job done right.

 

What gets you excited about working with Red Granite?

Every day and every client we work with is different. There’s always something new to learn within the startup community. It’s really interesting seeing how our clients’ businesses all work differently but the use of accounting makes it comparable and relevant.  Read more

Meet the Team : Suzy Schecter

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Suzy Schecter

Suzy Schecter, Manager Suzy Schecter

I started my career at Arthur Andersen and Co as a financial services analyst.  After that, I became a Vice President at an investment management firm called Lawton/Russell, Inc.  While working at Lawton/Russell, I completed my MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business at night.  After graduating, I worked at Softlink where I managed financial system implementations for large companies. Then, I took a break to have my three kids, but kept myself busy with a lot of PTO volunteer work.What’s your background before coming to Red Granite?

What’s your title and area expertise?

Manager.  Accounting, Financial Analysis and work with relational databases.

Why do you work at Red Granite? What motivates you?

After staying home to raise 3 boys, I needed to use my brain again!  I love working with small companies where I feel I can really have an impact on their businesses.

Where did you grow up?

Deerfield, Illinois

What is your favorite lunch spot?

Anywhere with a good egg white omelet.

 

What would people find you doing on the weekends?

Hanging with my family, usually at one of my boy’s basketball games.

 

Cubs or White Sox?Hawks fan?

Cubs, Bulls and Bears.  Are there any other Chicago teams?

 

Why did you move to Chicago? If you’re from here, why did you decide to stay?

I moved to Southern California for a while after graduating from business school.  It was beautiful, but I really missed the Midwestern people and being around family.

What’s your favorite place in the City?

I love The Bean!  Also, used to love the Gold Star Sardine Bar, but I think it’s long gone now.

What’s an ability that you wish you had?

I wish I could sing well, but I don’t let that stop me from belting out a tune!

One thing you’d like to cross off your bucket list?

Live in Italy for a year.

Three words to describe you:

Kind, Outgoing, Analytical

Favorite Quote/Personal Motto? Maybe your best accounting joke?

Can I have two?

“You miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take.”  Wayne Gretzky

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Meet the Team: Annie Gant

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Annie Gant

Annie Gant, COOAnnie Gant

Annie has over 10 years of experience in providing a broad array of   management, accounting and bookkeeping services for a variety of companies.  Following several years of management and other responsibilities with an Ohio convention center and a large communications company, she transitioned into a role that supports clients with their accounting and bookkeeping activities.   These responsibilities have included the preparation and analysis of accounting and financial data, assistance in financial reporting, and development and  implementation of accounting and operational processes.

 

Annie is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Business Administration from The Ohio State University.

 

What’s your title and area expertise?

Senior Associate- New client on boarding and client lead.

Why do you work at Red Granite? What motivates you?

Ability to work with various clients/industries and hopefully be part of helping them reach their goals.  Change and flexibility.

Where did you grow up?

Arlington, TX

What is your favorite lunch spot?

Changes every few weeks.  As long as they serve diet coke, I am happy!

What would people find you doing on the weekends?

Trying different restaurants with friends, playing volleyball

Cubs or White Sox?Hawks fan?

Cubs but just because I live close.

Why did you move to Chicago? If you’re from here, why did you decide to stay?

Moved here for a job after grad school.   Getting to work in Chicago was a big draw for me.

What’s your favorite place in the City?

Probably the beach.

What’s an ability that you wish you had?

Teleporting

One thing you’d like to cross off your bucket list?

Hiking beautiful places TBD.

Three words to describe you:

Caring, dependable, supercoolawesome

Favorite Quote/Personal Motto? Maybe your best accounting joke?

If it is important to you, you will find a way.