15 Questions with Amber Dushin, AZ Innovator

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Briefly describe a typical workday at Anderson ZurMuehlen.

The BEST thing about my job is that I don’t have a “typical” workday. Everyday is different and if you know me I am not one for routines so this works great for me. I could be working at a client location, from the office, from home, or have even I have been known to work in the car waiting for a baseball, basketball or wrestling tournament to start. One day I could be working on financial statements, the next reviewing staff’s work and reports, completing a comp or review, working on a tax return, presenting at a board meeting, or teaching CPE to our office or an outside group or do it all in one day!

What is your role at Anderson ZurMuehlen?

I am a Senior Manager working mostly in the Attest department.

What are three words to describe Anderson ZurMuehlen?

Leader, committed, inspiring

What do you consider your strongest contribution to our firm?

I work hard, am dependable, and am very motivated. I like new things and am not afraid to take on new challenges. And I like to keep the staff entertained!!

What specialties/services do you provide your clients?

I am a member of the Nonprofit and Government Specialty teams. I provide a variety of attest and consulting services for Government entities, Nonprofit organizations, Construction companies, and manufacturing entities, including financial and compliance audits, financial statement preparation, reviews, compilations, and provide consulting over other accounting issues.

What do you like to do when you are not at the office?

When I am not in the office, you can probably find me in a gym or sports field watching/practicing with my four kids. I like to run, snow ski, wakeboard, hang out with my family and friends, and go shopping.

What has been one of your proudest moments working with Anderson ZurMuehlen?

I am proud of being a Visionary Award recipient. This award is designed to recognize and reward employees who embody, and exceed, the Firm’s Vision. I also decorated our CEO’s office in MSU Bobcat decorations after the Bobcats beat the Grizzlies in the Cat/Griz game for the 3rd year in a row and it took Don almost a minute to figure out who did it! (remember I think I am funny!) But I truly get excited about daily victories. For example, getting a cash flow statement to tie on the first try or explain a complicated transaction to staff and seeing them totally understand it. Those are the best moments!

What inspires you?

I get inspired by helping others attain their goals and by making a difference.

What are five words or less for people in your profession?

Committed, hardworking, fun, driven, caring

What is on your wish list for the next ten years with Anderson ZurMuehlen?

I believe we need to “work smarter not harder”. There are so many technological advances at our fingertips, we need to use these resources to continue to push Anderson ZurMuehlen to the top of the accounting industry. Technology is changing the way public accounting is done and I am so excited to not only see where it takes us but to push us to get there!

How has Anderson ZurMuehlen helped you in your career development?

I consider myself very fortunate to work for Anderson ZurMuehlen. I have not only been given great training and opportunities but how I have evolved as a person working here is invaluable. Having the opportunity to work with so many different people has guided me to how I want to my career to be (and how I do not want it to be).

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?

Right now as I look outside to the 10 foot pile of snow out my office window, I would like to be on a warm, sunny beach!!

Fill in the blank: My first concert was….

I once met Jay Leno. Our Senior Class at Brady High School went to LA for our senior trip (when you graduate with 7 people you get to do fun things!). We went to the Jay Leno show and before the show started Jay came out to talk to the audience. My classmate raised her hand and let him know we were there on our senior trip. He had us come down on stage and get a picture with him.

What does your work space look like?

Let’s just say I love colorful sticky notes and the Montana State Bobcats!!

What song title best describes your personality?

All Kinds of Kinds

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