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Get to Know GJM’s Kelly Childress

Kelly Childress Gilmore Jasion MahlerKelly Childress has settled into her new role as an administrative assistant at Gilmore Jasion Mahler. While COVID-19 has made things interesting to say the least, she's gotten to know the team. Here's a chance for you to get to know her a bit better. Enjoy this Q&A.

Describe your role at GJM: I support our Consulting and Assurance team

When did you start with GJM? December 2nd 2019

Why did you choose the accounting industry? It wasn’t so much the industry I was looking to get involved in, it was more finding the right company fit. I wanted to be a part of a company with a reputation of good customer service, family values, work life balance, and community support. GJM encompasses all of this and more.

Are you from the Toledo area originally? If not, where are you from? I grew up in Genoa and then moved to Downtown Toledo in 2019. I am in the suburbs now, making my way back to downtown.

What do you like about living in Northwest Ohio? There is always something to do, there is no reason to be bored in this city.  And even though we may have road construction nonstop, the traffic is still nothing to complain about.

Anything you’d like to share about your past professional experience? My history includes banking, nonprofit work, and IT office management. The accounting world is a whole new ballgame for me.

Do you have any pets, hobbies, family? Fitness is a passion of mine. I’m certified to teach a variety of fitness classes. I also recently did my first NPC competition and am looking forward to doing another. 

How do you like to spend your free time? I love to golf, although I don’t very well. I also enjoy a good concert, festivals, and live for college football.

Favorite song or music? I enjoy all kinds but am a country girl at heart.

Favorite book or movie? I like any light hearted, feel good type of entertainment.

Are you involved in any community organizations, do any volunteer work? My philanthropic history includes serving on the Northwest Ohio Susan G Komen Race, including chairing the event in 2012 and 2013. I’ve also been active in Junior League of Toledo, serving as President 2017-2019. Further, I served with Harbor House for over 10 years. I’m currently looking for the next endeavor to get involved in. I think most likely it would include something with autism.

What is something people may be surprised to find out about you? I am a legal Baroness. It was a title gifted to me, but as any Bravo fan knows, if you have a title, you shall be referred by it.

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 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.

Phil Vine Joins GJM as Assurance Manager

Phil Vine Joins Gilmore Jasion MahlerWe’re excited to share that Phil Vine has joined the GJM assurance department. We asked Phil to share a bit about himself so we all can get to know him a bit better. We hope you enjoy this Q&A. Welcome to the GJM family, Phil.

Describe your role at GJM:  It’s new, so it’s in the process of being defined.  I have a background focusing on EBP audits, M&D, and engagement quality reviews and a variety of other industries and types of projects that I hope to use to provide value on lots of different fronts.

When did you come on board with GJM?  August 10, 2020

Why did you choose the accounting industry? I initially majored in Actuarial Science, but then changed colleges. My new college didn’t offer actuarial science as a major, so like most people, I assumed that because I was good at math, I should be an accountant. Fortuitously, it ended up being a good fit.

What do you like best about accounting? Public accounting offers a great combination of intellectual challenge, entrepreneurship, and opportunities to build a diverse network of relationships with people who speak the language of business.

Are you from the Toledo area originally? Yes   

What do you like about living in Northwest Ohio? The Toledo area is big enough to have plenty of things to do, but not too big to still have that small-town feel.  

Anything you’d like to share about your past professional experience?  Of the projects that I’ve had the opportunity to be involved with, my two favorites have been focused on 1) helping members of the firm who were in the process of taking the CPA exam and 2) contributing to the firm’s pursuit of advanced audit technologies and general process improvement.

Do you have any pets, hobbies, family?

  • Pets – 2 cats (Fred and Ginger)

  • Family – Wife (Lydia), 4 kids (Eva – 6, Paul – 4, Vivian and Madeline – 2)

  • Hobbies – being a dad – I do like to read, most of which is in audiobook form

How do you like to spend your free time?  What is this free time you speak of?

Are you involved in any community organizations, do any volunteer work? Is there a particular cause you feel strongly about? If so, why?

  • Director of Children’s Ministry at Wyldewood Baptist Church

  • For about 3 years, I served on the board of a local nonprofit, Leading Families Home – The organization helps equip individuals and families who have become homeless to get back on their feet and return to permanent housing.

Favorite song or music?

It’s really a pretty broad range, but here are some.

  • Newer music – Imagine Dragons, Lewis Capaldi, Piano Guys, Ed Sheeran, Andy Grammar, One Republic

  • Older music – Aerosmith, Queen, Bon Jovi

Favorite book or movie?

Again, it’s a broad range.  Here are some favorites

  • Books – Thinking, Fast and Slow; Freakonomics; The Help; The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings (books 2 and 3); Pendergast series, Cotton Malone Series, Jack Reacher Series; Indistractable; Getting Things Done; Start With Why; Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

  • Movies – The Pursuit of Happyness, Indiana Jones (original 3), Knives Out, Lord of the Rings movies, Harry Potter movies

What is something people may be surprised to find out about you? My wife and I had only 6 weeks between our engagement and wedding day to plan our wedding (and I believe we made a profit on it).

Once again, Welcome to GJM!

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 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.

Jamie Dixon Takes on New Role With GJM

Gilmore Jasion Mahler (GJM) is pleased to announce that Jamie Dixon, CPA has been named as firm administrator. 

Already a member of the firm’s leadership team and Healthcare Specialist Team, Jamie’s new management role will include oversight of GJM firm operations, management reports and budgets as a critical member of the executive team for both the Maumee and Findlay offices. He joined GJM in April of 2013. 

Jamie’s professional expertise as a CPA is home health and long-term care. He has over thirty years of experience in both private and public accounting, providing consulting services to home health, hospice, skilled nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICFIID), federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and other healthcare entities. He consults frequently on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and cost report issues. Jamie will continue his client work in addition to his new leadership role.  

“I’m excited to take on this new challenge and expand my leadership role with the firm,” says Dixon. “I’ve developed strong relationships with many of my clients and am pleased to be able to continue to be there for them as well.”

GJM Managing Partner Kevin Gilmore says he’s confident Dixon will excel in his new position.

“No question, it’s an unusual time to take on a new role, as we all struggle with the pandemic and its impact on all of our lives, both personally and professionally. Jamie is a calm, capable leader and I have no doubt he will do an outstanding job as GJM’s new firm administrator.”   

Dixon has already assumed his new duties.

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 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 COVID-19 Update & Resources

GJM COVID-19 Update and ResourcesAs our country faces the COVID-19 crisis we want to take a moment to bring you up to date on some of the steps Gilmore Jasion Mahler is taking as a result. We would also like to share some information on some resources for businesses, should you need them.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced a loan program to provide economic assistance to companies due to the slowing down of business in Ohio. It may be available to help your business provide funding for payroll, past due accounts payable and other working capital needs. Typically, such a loan program will have a very low interest rate and up to 30 years repayment schedule. Also, in the unfortunate event that furloughs or layoffs are necessary during these challenging times, impacted employees should qualify for immediate unemployment compensation relief.

Here are some helpful links for businesses seeking information in both Ohio and Michigan.

http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/CoronavirusAndUI.stm

https://www.sba.gov/page/guidance-businesses-employers-plan-respond-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_98179---,00.html

While there has been talk of the IRS possibly moving back the April 15 tax deadline, as of now there is no official word on if that may happen so GJM is currently working under the assumption there is no delay in the tax deadline. We expect to receive further guidance from the US Department of the Treasury this week and will promptly let everyone know.

As we are writing this, our offices remain open, though we have encouraged our staff to work from home if possible for the next three weeks. Should you need to drop off tax documents, GJM offices will be open during our normal business hours for you to do so.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments here in Northwest Ohio and around the nation and share further information with our clients and partners as needed. Please feel free to reach out to your GJM team with any questions or concerns.

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.

Hannah Mankowski Joins GJM

Hannah Mankowski GJMHannah Mankowski recently came on board with GJM as an Audit Associate. Here's a chance to get to know her a bit as she settles into her new role. Welcome, Hannah!

When did you join GJM? November 2019

What do you like best about accounting? I like that everything fits together and can be figured out. Working through a problem and being able to deliver what you said you were going to deliver and add value is very satisfying.  

Are you from the Toledo area originally? If not, where are you from? I am originally from Plainwell, Michigan (near Kalamazoo). Went to BGSU for college and decided to stay in the area.

What do you like about living in Northwest Ohio? I like living close to BG and Cedar Point

Anything you’d like to share about your past professional experience? I spent two years with one of the big four accounting firms and I got to learn and experience a lot in that time with them.

Do you have any pets, hobbies, family? I am from a family with 6 other siblings, so that has taught me to deal with and thrive under chaos. My current family includes my husband, Reid (who also works at GJM), my two dogs (Bogey and Ace) and myself. I played golf through high school and then in college at BGSU so I enjoy golfing and I am lucky that Reid does as well. I also love to spend time with our families.

Favorite book or movie? One of my favorite books is Pride and Prejudice, but I also have read the Harry Potter series multiple times.

What is something people may be surprised to find out about you? I loved running in college and ran two half marathons. I do not run as much anymore. Ha, Ha.

Interested in pursuing a career with Gilmore Jasion Mahler? Please visit our careers page to get a feel for life at GJM.

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 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.