2016 NYPs to Watch

 

 

 


In this fourth annual CTCPA New and Young Professionals to Watch feature, we’re introducing you to three up-and-comers, aged 35 and younger, who have set themselves apart as emerging leaders in the accounting profession.

Following a call for nominations this fall, a panel of accounting professionals selected these go-getters based on professional or workplace contributions, community service, and CTCPA involvement.

Winners were recognized at the ninth annual Mingling & Merriment New and Young Professionals Holiday Party at the Society Room of Hartford on December 8.

You can also read the feature on page 10 of the January/February 2017 issue of Connecticut CPA magazine.

The New and Young Professionals to Watch Class of 2016

Mindyleigh Vail, CPA, CGMA
Manager – Nicola, Yester & Company, Glastonbury

Sarah Stover, CPA
Tax Consultant – Edwin R. Muenzner, CPA, Franklin
Adjunct Professor – Three Rivers Community College, Norwich

Kenneth Healy, CPA
CPA – Diversified Financial Solutions, PC, Naugatuck and Southbury
 



Mindyleigh Vail, CPA, CGMA

Manager – Nicola, Yester & Company, Glastonbury

 

“Study for and sit for the CPA Exam as soon as possible.  It is a great accomplishment and will be a huge weight off your shoulders.”

>The aspect of my work that I find the most challenging is: time management when you are being pulled in all different directions.

>The aspect of my work that I find the most fun is: getting to work on and help so many different clients and people.

>If I weren’t a CPA, I would be: a teacher.

>My first job was: a cashier at Stop & Shop Supermarket in Enfield.

>Something people would be surprised to know about me is: I enjoy knitting.

>When I’m not at work you can find me: reading a book or cooking in my kitchen.

>The app or website I can’t live without is: OverDrive; it is where I get all my library’s audible books for download for my morning commute.

>My favorite quote is: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou

>My favorite getaway location is: my reading corner.

>The word that best describes me is: easygoing.

>The most interesting/adventurous thing I’ve ever done was: climb Mount Washington.

>The best gift I’ve ever received was: my dog Max, a soft-coated wheaten terrier, from my husband.

>At Karaoke Night I would sing: “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.

In the four years Mindyleigh Vail has worked at Nicola Yester, CPAs, she’s certainly made her mark on the firm.

New staff members are welcomed into the firm with a staff training/orientation program co-developed by Mindyleigh and another manager at the firm; once young staff members are welcomed into the firm, she’s responsible for supervising and mentoring them on all things accounting (and non-accounting, for that matter!).

One of the staffers responsible for developing a WOW Committee to promote firm holiday events, wellness, and morale, Mindyleigh also schedules and leads the firm’s monthly staff meetings.

“Mindy’s recent ‘NYPs to Watch’ recognition, hard work, and dedication to the firm is admirable and only adds to the firm’s success,” said nominator Steven Prigionieri, a partner at the Glastonbury firm. “She is a great role model for the younger staff!”

Outside of the office, the avid reader is often out and about with her Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE) associates, volunteering for Camp Courant, Habitat for Humanity, and America Recycles. The Glastonbury resident is active with her local Chamber of Commerce and the popular Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival. She also spends part of her holidays volunteering for the Manchester Soup Kitchen.

 

 


 

Sarah Stover, CPA

Tax Consultant – Edwin R. Muenzner, CPA, Franklin
Adjunct Professor – Three Rivers Community College, Norwich

“Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you. Keep in touch with those who have made a difference for you; study their lives, ask their advice, and emulate the character you admire in them. You become like the people you spend time with.”

>The aspect of my work that I find the most challenging is: coordinating all the opportunities that life presents to learn new things, champion improvements, branch out into new specialties, give back in the community, broaden my network, and so much more. There are countless opportunities to grow and give back!

>The aspect of my work that I find the most fun is: working along-side clients to help them understand the financial aspects of their business. Business owners handle so many responsibilities; knowing that they trust my advice and that my expertise has made their life a little easier is very gratifying.

>If I weren’t a CPA, I would be: an interior designer

>My first job was: working in my father’s construction business

>Something people would be surprised to know about me is: I come from a homeschooling family with nine children!

>When I’m not at work you can find me: volunteering with friends in the community

>The app or website I can’t live without is: …well…I’m still alive…

>My favorite quote is: Opportunities don’t just happen; you have to make them.

>My favorite getaway location is: my friend’s home in Vermont.

>The word that best describes me is: thoughtful.

>The most interesting/adventurous thing I’ve ever done was: complete a high-element obstacle course.

>One of the best gifts I’ve ever received was:
the job offer from my current firm.

>At Karaoke Night I would sing: "Day by Day"

When Sarah Stover, CPA isn’t working at Edwin R. Muenzner, CPA in Franklin, you can likely find her at school. Or a number of schools, really.

Sarah got her start in business with an associate’s degree from Three Rivers Community College (TRCC) and has spoken on the “Facts and Faces” panel for current students at the school several times. This fall, Sarah stepped in front of the whiteboard for the first time at TRCC as an adjunct professor teaching basic accounting. She also serves on the school’s Business Advisory Board.

“I love hearing my students say, ‘It’s so easy when you explain it on the board!’” Sarah said. She spends countless extra time mentoring, tutoring, and advising all of her students, remarked nominator Ed Muenzner.

When she’s not in front of her students’ desks, she’s behind one herself. Sarah is just a few classes away from finishing her master’s in taxation degree from the University of Hartford – with a 4.0 GPA.

“Sarah is a brilliant, humble team player with a can-do attitude,” Ed wrote. “Her work ethic raises the bar of excellence for other staff members as she is a mentor and teacher to others.”

Sarah also enjoys spending time with her eight(!) siblings, attending CTCPA’s new and young professional programs, and serving on the Community Accounting Services Board of Directors.

 

 

 

Kenneth Healy, CPA

CPA – Diversified Financial Solutions, PC, Naugatuck and Southbury

“Having an accounting background opens up many different avenues you can pursue. Try to find out early on in your career which path keeps you excited to go to the office every day, and spend your time working in that specialty.”

The aspect of my work that I find the most challenging is: identifying solutions for small businesses that not only eliminate inefficiencies or improve business processes, but will actually be implemented and utilized.

The aspect of my work that I find the most fun is: determining the applicability of rapidly changing pending and approved tax laws and regulations for my clients and planning with them to minimize the tax impact to their families and businesses, while focusing on maximizing profitability to help them meet their short- and long-term goals.

If I weren’t a CPA, I would be: an attorney.

My first job was: working as a basketball referee and scorekeeper.

Something people would be surprised to know about me is: in my free time I manage and invest in rental properties.

When I’m not at work you can find me: fixing up rental apartments.

The app or website I can’t live without is: Pandora.

My favorite quote is: faith, family, friends.

My favorite getaway location is: Wildwood, New Jersey. My father is from a large family and they have been going there annually since before I was born.

The word that best describes me is: determined.

The most interesting/adventurous thing I’ve ever done was: stayed on a boat for a week while exploring the Galapagos Islands.

The best gift I’ve ever received was: a gold pocket watch that was owned by my great-grandfather and passed down to my grandfather, then to myself.

At Karaoke Night I would sing: Frank Sinatra.

When nominator Janet Walker talks about NYP to Watch Ken Healy, she’s speaking from experience. After all, Ken has worked for her at Diversified Financial Solutions for 15 years! He started working part-time at the firm in high school, returned for summers throughout college, and is now a CPA at the firm.

“Ken is a very conscientious co-worker and take-charge employee with a calm demeanor and a real asset to Diversified Financial Solutions, PC,” Janet wrote. “He mentors and develops new employees and is always willing to assist anyone within the firm.”

“He’s also dedicated to the community and is involved is a number of community organizations,” she continued.

That’s an understatement – Ken’s community service titles run the gamut from president of the St. Francis School Foundation to deputy treasurer of the Naugatuck High School Alumni Association.

This year, Ken chaired the St. Francis School Foundation’s annual appeal and raised money to replace 11 exterior doors and install a video security system to take advantage of matching funds offered through the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, to better protect students, teachers, and faculty members from possible threats and hazards.

Ken also volunteers his accounting skills for the United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls and the Naugatuck YMCA – the latter of which honored him with the 2014 Robert Whittemore (Unsung Hero) Award.

 

The Selection Panel

Selection of the 2016 “New and Young Professionals to Watch” was made by a blind review of written nominations by a panel of accounting professionals. Thank you to our panelists! 

Paul N. Iannone
Rogin Nassau, Hartford

Lany Pfeifer
Barron, Yanaros & Caruso, Wethersfield

Robert Stoddard
KPMG, Stamford

Pamela Weaver
Pamela Q. Weaver, CPA, Burlington

Mary Wisenski
Fiondella, Milone &  LaSaracina