Monday, August 17, 2009

Staff Profile: Tracey

Time Flies. That’s what I always remember hearing when I was growing up and until I had kids of my own I had no idea what all the fuss was about. Seemed like school lasted forever and I loved the lazy days of summer but now with 3 growing children I realize just how right everyone was. My oldest has just “graduated” kindergarten and my twins are starting preschool. I can’t believe they will be 4 this summer. In just over a year they’ll be old enough to start kindergarten themselves. What happened to those tiny babies I brought home from the NICU.

I’ve been working with CWD for two years now and I still learn something new everyday. I can honestly say I don’t really miss tax season. Although there were moments where I did miss the craziness just a little. I’ve enjoyed being home every night to have dinner with the kids and talk about how their day went. They really do grow and change every day and I’m glad I have a schedule that allows me the opportunity to be a part of their lives all year round not just 9 months of it!

Staff Profile #15 - Tracey (with CWDkids since 2007)

I am the Chief Financial Officer for CWDkids, but I wear multiple hats...sometimes because I don’t know when and how to say no! I handle payroll and HR matters, prepare monthly financial statements, review cash position, review and approve bills for payment, manage shipping issues, handle requests for boxes from our vendors, negotiate with certain vendors, oversee issues related to our retail locations – including lease negotiations and review, file and pay monthly sales tax, and review all bills for proper classification and payment terms.

When I’m not at the office I’m “working” at home chasing my 3 children, Michael 5 and twins Emma and Christian 3. Michael just started kindergarten this year so I look forward to being home for dinner each night and being able to talk about his day at school, look through his daily folder and keep in touch with what is going on with all my children. When they are asleep (ha ha) I love to read or just watch reality TV. I’m also a video game addict. I really enjoy playing games on my WII. I also enjoy the few quiet moments I get to spend with my husband Kennon. He is my rock and our family would not have made it through those tax seasons if he were not the man he is. He takes great care of our children and I love him very much.

My favorite thing about working for CWDkids is the family friendly atmosphere. After coming from an environment where I worked a significant amount of overtime, the fact that I am home every night to see my children is very important. It is also nice to have the flexibility to work from home or adjust my hours as needed to adequately balance my work and family life.

Tracey's Tidbits:

  • I have 2 big addictions, video games and reality TV. I watch most reality TV shows avidly especially Survivor.

  • I’m a Garth Brooks groupie. I’ve seen him in concert in six different states. I was in Central Park for his free concert in New York. I’ve traveled as far south as Florida and as far west as Texas to see him in concert.

  • My mom is a breast cancer survivor so breast cancer causes are near and dear to my heart. I’ve participated in the Making Strides against breast cancer walk here in Richmond since its inception.

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