Welcome to the Team, Caleb

Caleb Schaafsma Gilmore Jasion MahlerWe’re welcoming some new staff to GJM this fall, which gives us the chance to introduce our newest team members. They include Caleb Schaafsma, who joined GJM in early September as an audit associate. We hope you enjoy this Q&A. Welcome to the team and to the GJM family, Caleb!   

Q: When did you start with GJM? September 8th, 2020

Q: Why did you choose the accounting industry? I enjoyed the accounting courses I was required to take at BGSU and decided to switch my major to accounting.

Q: What do you like best about accounting? The balance that most of the work has, which assists me in finding errors. Most accounting themes just “click” for me.

Q: Are you from the Toledo area originally? If not, where are you from? I have lived in the Toledo area for over 12 years, but I am originally from Grand Rapids, MI before that period.

Q: What do you like about living in Northwest Ohio? Friends, family, and the culture.

Q: Where did you go to school? BGSU

Q: Anything you’d like to share about past work history? I’ve been a member of the Ohio Air National Guard for over 7 years, currently at the rank of Staff Sergeant. During this time, I’ve been deployed 2 times, once to Guam and once to Estonia. I have another deployment this fall.

Q: Do you have any pets, hobbies, family? One pet, Maximus Decimus Rolfes-Schaafsma or Max.

Hobbies are: spending time with my wife, video games, watching movies and tv shows, airsoft, Pokemon Go, scuba diving when I can, shooting guns, playing board games with friends, volunteering, and trying new things that seem interesting.

Family: My wife, Britteny, who is a teacher, my parents, and one brother who manages a roofing supply store in Indiana.

Q: How do you like to spend your free time?  With my wife and playing games with my friends.

Q: Favorite book? Favorite movie? Favorite book is World War Z and movie is possibly Thor: Ragnarok or Shawshank Redemption or The Green Mile or Black Hawk Down, but I love so many movies that it is very difficult to choose, if you can’t tell.

Q: Are you involved in any community organizations, do any volunteer work? Not yet, but now that I’m out of college, I plan to get involved in some. I’d really like to get involved with the USO somehow and Flag City Honor Flight.

Q: What is something people may be surprised to find out about you? I’m a Green Bay Packers fan, due to my dad being born in Wisconsin.

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

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