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Meet the Face of GJM’s Findlay Office

Tracy Kennedy Gilmore Jasion MahlerWhen new people come on board at Gilmore Jasion Mahler, LTD we ask them to fill out a fun questionnaire to help our people get to know them a bit better. We’ve started sharing those in Q&A format on our blog so that our clients and the rest of the GJM community can enjoy them as well. They’ve been well received so we expanded to feature other “GJMers” as well. Today is your chance to get to know Tracy Kennedy a bit better. You could say Tracy is the “face” of GJM’s Findlay office. That’s because she’s often the first person you meet when you walk in the door.  

Describe your role at GJM: Director of First Impressions

When did you start employment/will you start at GJM? August of 1997

Why did you choose the accounting industry? It chose me!

What is the nature of your work at GJM and what do you like best about it? I started as the morning receptionist but in the past 21 years, my role has expanded. I have become support staff for the tax and healthcare departments. I have been the marketing assistant. I feed the staff and keep them happy during busy season. I help our elderly clients with their tax work, as it can all be very confusing. I have organized company events small and large.

GJM is quite involved in the community. Any particular programs or volunteer work you’ve enjoyed being involved in here? I run the Children’s Mentoring Connection Christmas party that GJM supports every year. I also run our Adopt a Family through Hope House every year at Christmas. The most work but the most rewarding has been being the point Findlay person for our Carnevale event to benefit Flag City Honor Flight the past two years. (The event returns in November of 2019 rebranded as "Wanderlust" so stay tuned for details!

Are you from the Northwest Ohio area originally? If not, where are you from? I am from Findlay.

What do you like about living in Northwest Ohio? Findlay is a very supportive community. It’s a big, little city. If there is a need in the community the city, Chamber of Commerce, or a local non-profit jumps to action to help resolve the issue. Local companies are always willing to donate their time and treasure to make life better here.

Where did you go to school? Findlay High School and Ohio University

Do you have any pets, hobbies, family? Husband Jim, daughter Lena (21), son Ian (19), one dog Oliver that was recently featured as the Ohio Society of CPAs dog of the week!

How do you like to spend your free time? Hanging out with friends & family, volunteering, weekend trips, ballroom dancing with my hubby!

Are you involved in any community organizations, do any volunteer work? I am one of the coordinators of the local community dinners. My church (First Presbyterian of Findlay) serves anyone that needs a meal the 2nd Sunday of every month. I plan, prep, serve and clean up with other church volunteers. I’m a trustee with the Findlay Elks and a co-chair of the entertainment committee. I am an alumnus of Hancock Leadership and serve on the board and two committees. I have volunteered (and “volun-told” my husband) for community events for years and/or attended a large number of them. United Way, Arts Partnership, Camp Fire USA, Hope House.

What is something people may be surprised to find out about you? I LOVE 80’s alternative music but not big hair!!

Welcome, Joe!

Joe Osentoski Gilmore Jasion MahlerWe’re welcoming a new team member. GJM is happy to welcome Joseph Osentoski (pictured to the left in the Michigan ball cap) to our audit team as a senior associate. Here’s a Q&A with Joe to help you get to know him.

Describe your role at GJM: I will be assisting the firm with financial statement audits within various commercial industries such as construction, manufacturing, and services as well as employee benefit plan audits. I have more than 4 years of financial statement and employee benefit audit experience.

When did you start working at GJM? November 26th.

Why did you choose the accounting industry? I chose public accounting for the challenge and fast-paced environment.

What do you like best about accounting? I liked the opportunities to work with a wide range of clients and businesses.

Are you from the Toledo area originally? If not, where are you from? I lived in Toledo for 10 years, growing up before moving across the border to Temperance, MI. I lived in Rochester, MI while attending Oakland University through undergraduate studies and graduate studies. I moved to Royal Oak, MI upon graduation and I have been living in Toledo for the past two years.

What do you like best about living in Northwest Ohio? Proximity to family.

Do you have any pets, hobbies, family? I’m from a family of 6 (fraternal twin brother and younger sisters), German Shepherd Pitbull mix named Grizz, I enjoy attending sporting events, playing golf, mixing it up with friends and family.

How do you like to spend your free time? Recently, I have been spending most of my free time renovating my home.

What is something people may be surprised to find out about you? I made my first hole in one this past year at the Junior Achievement Chipping in “Fore” Kids Golf Classic outing at my alma mater.

Established in 1996, Gilmore Jasion Mahler, LTD (GJM) is the largest public accounting firm in Northwest Ohio, with offices in Maumee and Findlay. Locally owned, GJM offers cloud-based accounting services and provides comprehensive services including assurance, business advisory, tax, risk advisory, healthcare management and outsourced accounting. The Firm's professionals specialize in industries including construction & real estate, healthcare, manufacturing & distribution and utilities.

GJM Staff Announcements

Gilmore Jasion Mahler, LTD (GJM) has announced some key promotions and new staff members that strengthen the Firm and its leadership team. The promotions are effective January 1, 2019.

Judy Anderson Gilmore Jasion MahlerJudy Anderson and Matt Cavanagh are promoted to partner. Anderson, a Toledo native and graduate of The University of Toledo has been with the firm for 11 years. She has over twenty years of experience in public accounting and in the healthcare industry. A member of Gilmore Jasion Mahler’s healthcare and outsourced accounting group, she works with many of the Firm’s healthcare clients providing practice management and consulting services.  

Matt Cavanagh Gilmore Jasion MahlerCavanagh, a Bowling Green native and BGSU graduate, joined Gilmore Jasion Mahler in November of 2005. Also a member of the Firm’s healthcare team, Matt’s focus is healthcare services. His expertise is in ambulatory surgery centers, outsourced accounting, practice management and modeling.

“Judy and Matt are already valued members of our leadership team,” says Gilmore Jasion Mahler Managing Partner Kevin Gilmore. ”Their hard work and dedication have strengthened our healthcare specialty and the Firm as a whole. I’m thrilled to see them both reach partner level.”

Nikki Clement Gilmore Jasion MahlerThe Firm also announced some other key promotions. Partner Nikki Clement has been named managing partner of Gilmore Jasion Mahler’s Findlay office. Partner Mike Brough will lead growth efforts for the Findlay office. Nikki Clement's focus is the utilities industry. She specializes in accounting for regulated utilities.

Mike Brough Gilmore Jasion MahlerMike Brough works across a number of industries including manufacturing & distribution, government, and nonprofit operations.

Steve Miller is being promoted to senior manager. Both Ryan Avery and Ryan Emerson are promoted to supervisor and Nick Jackson is promoted to senior associate.

Earlier in the year, Diane Stretten and Mary Jo Pitzen were promoted to senior manager. Andrea Jennex moved up to supervisor in the GJM Findlay office. Ben Lochbihler was promoted to manager and Corey Selhorst, Lauren Grana and Clay Barron were all promoted to senior associate.

The Firm also brought on well over a dozen new employees in 2018 to further strengthen GJM’s administrative team and client service. They include Elijah Blackburn, Alyssa Essert, Alexandria Frances, Courtney Haas, Nicole Hartranft, Jennifer Henning, Dana Herr, Thomas Keyser, Jessica Knepper, Dylon Lause, Wendy Long, Tim Merkel, Madeline Mielcarek, Caleb Neeper, Joe Osentoski, Tina Rochowiak and Logan Sager.

“I couldn’t be happier with the staff we have in place headed into 2019,” says Gilmore. “When you have great people, great things happen. I’m excited to see what we can accomplish at a team.”

Established in 1996, Gilmore Jasion Mahler, LTD (GJM) is the largest public accounting firm in Northwest Ohio, with offices in Maumee and Findlay. Locally owned, GJM offers cloud-based accounting services and provides comprehensive services including assurance, business advisory, tax, risk advisory, healthcare management and outsourced accounting. The Firm’s professionals specialize in industries including construction & real estate, healthcare, manufacturing & distribution and utilities.

Welcome, Wendy!

Wendy Long Gilmore Jasion MahlerThere are quite a few new faces at Gilmore Jasion Mahler this year. We’d like to welcome Wendy Long on board as a tax manager. Here’s a chance to get to know Wendy a bit better…

What will you be doing at GJM: I will be reviewing both individual and small business returns as well as help in the training of interns/new young staff starting their careers.

When did you start with the firm? August 27, 2018.

Why did you choose the accounting industry? I had planned on being a child psychiatrist but decided that was too long to be in school and switched to business and ended up in accounting.

What do you like best about accounting? I enjoy helping clients keep their finances straight and helping them grow their businesses. Public accounting also allows for flexibility in my schedule so that I can enjoy activities outside of work.

Are you from the Toledo area originally? If not, where are you from? I've lived in Toledo my entire life.

What do you like about living in Northwest Ohio? I like that NW Ohio has four seasons and the weather is never too extreme one way or another.  

Do you have any pets, hobbies, family? I have one dog, a chocolate lab named Lucy.  I like to golf, figure skate and snow ski (when time permits) as well as weight training and running most days. I have three children, Zachary age 28, Ben age 25 and Sam age 20. They all live in Columbus so I spend a lot of time there. The older two are OSU Alumni and Sam is currently attending OSU. 

How do you like to spend your free time? I exercise daily, like to run 5K races and walk Lucy. Zachary and Ben play water polo so I attend their games/tournaments when I can. Sam plays baseball and just recently earned a spot on the Ohio State varsity baseball team, so I am excited to watch his fall baseball.   

What is something people may be surprised to find out about you? I used to figure skate competitively and learned to skate in Bowling Green, Ohio with Scott Hamilton.

Established in 1996, Gilmore Jasion Mahler, LTD (GJM) is the largest public accounting firm in Northwest Ohio, with offices in Maumee and Findlay. Locally owned, GJM offers cloud-based accounting services and provides comprehensive services including assurance, business advisory, tax, risk advisory and healthcare management. The Firm’s professionals specialize in industries including construction & real estate, healthcare, manufacturing & distribution and utilities.

Get to Know GJM’s New Marketing Assistant

Courtney Haas Gilmore Jasion MahlerWe’re pleased to welcome a new marketing assistant to the firm. Here’s a chance to meet Courtney Haas in this Q&A.

Describe your role at GJM: My role at GJM as a marketing assistant is to bring positive attention to our firm. My job is to share information about who we are and what we do at Gilmore Jasion Mahler! My job duties include adding content to our website/social media pages, preparing proposals and materials for client meetings, assisting in coordination of our manufacturing roundtable events, overseeing promotional products, etc.

When did you start working at GJM? August 20, 2018

Why did you choose the accounting industry? I did not choose the accounting industry, the accounting industry chose me! I chose the marketing industry as a way to express my creative, outgoing nature. I chose to major in marketing knowing that I could use my knowledge and experience in various business settings.

What do you like best about accounting? I knew nothing about accounting marketing when I came on board. My position gives me an opportunity to use my creativity and I've already learned so much. The thought of finding something I’m passionate about and spreading the word to others seems second-nature. I never have been one to keep quiet, so when I find something I love, I want everyone else to know about it too! I enjoy creating new relationships as well as researching different ways individuals perceive information and doing my best to find the most successful outlet(s).

Are you from the Toledo area originally? If not, where are you from? Yes, I was born and raised in the Toledo area. I graduated from Springfield High School and am currently a senior at the University of Toledo, majoring in marketing and minoring in international business.

What do you like about living in Northwest Ohio? I love experiencing all four seasons. Just when we get comfortable with one season, another is on its way! I also love that we’re in a great spot to be traveling to nearby cities… Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh are all just a quick drive away!

Anything you’d like to share about your past professional experience? I previously worked at Midland Title, a local title insurance company. There, I worked as an escrow processor. My role at Midland Title was to work with various lenders to develop the closing disclosures for clients prior to closing on their property. After closing, I disbursed the file, wired funds, sent documents to the county for recording, etc.

Courtney Haas Skydiving Gilmore Jasion MahlerDo you have any pets, hobbies, family? I do not currently have any pets but that may not last much longer! I am the youngest of three in my family. I have two older brothers, Matt and Justin. My parents, along with Matt and myself live in the area. Justin lives in Pittsburgh which gives me a great reason to visit!

How do you like to spend your free time? Unfortunately the majority of my spare time is spent doing homework as I finish my marketing degree at the University of Toledo! Aside from that, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. Most of my long weekends are spent visiting friends in Cleveland, Pittsburgh or even Traverse City! I love to be as adventurous as my schedule and bank account will allow! My latest adrenaline rush came from a spontaneous sky diving experience!

Are you involved in any community organizations, do any volunteer work? I volunteer regularly for Acoustics for Autism. I am excited to be more involved in volunteer work through GJM!

What is something people may be surprised to find out about you? I just returned from a 10-day trip to Spain & Italy! I travelled to Barcelona, Milan and Rome through the College of Business at UT. While the trip was shorter than I would have preferred, I learned a great deal in those 10 days! Most importantly being the extent to which Italians worship wine and pasta – from that I’ve learned, I OBVIOUSLY have a little Italian in my blood! Truthfully, it was one of the most amazing, educational trips I have ever been on and I am looking forward to traveling in the future.

Established in 1996, Gilmore Jasion Mahler, LTD (GJM) is the largest public accounting firm in Northwest Ohio, with offices in Maumee and Findlay. Locally owned, GJM offers cloud-based accounting services and provides comprehensive services including assurance, business advisory, tax, risk advisory and healthcare management. The Firm’s professionals specialize in industries including construction & real estate, healthcare, manufacturing & distribution and utilities.