I grew up in a St. Paul suburb with seven brothers and sisters. My siblings and I shared paper routes, and when I was 15, I waitressed at a hamburger and ice cream restaurant. Through these jobs, I learned about earning and saving money, as well as the importance of providing customers with great service.

I majored in accounting at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota after a high school accounting class piqued my interest. I took the C.P.A. exam while at my first job and later obtained a master's degree in taxation. My willingness to take risks and go against the grain has shaped my career. Most people start in public accounting and move to private industry accounting roles, but I did the opposite. I worked in the audit and tax areas for various organizations and then my career took a different turn.

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