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Connecticut CPA
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January/February 2016
"Know how valuable you are to the profession.
Your ideas are powerful don't be afraid to share them."
Tessa Jordan is a go-to mentor for
staff accountants in her office. A
manager specializing in construc-
tion, retail, healthcare, and other
closely held businesses at Nicola
Yester, she supervises and advises
four staff-level accountants. Jor-
dan and another manager in the
firmwereresponsiblefordevelop-
ing a new staff training/orientation
program that was rolled out this fall.
"Tessa understands that the suc-
cessofourfirmisallabouthelping
thestaffinthefirmgrowtobesuc-
cessful," said firm partner Steve
Prigionieri.
Jordan also played a key role in
helping develop the firm's WOW
Committee, a select group of in-
dividuals promoting holiday, well-
ness,andfirmmoraleevents.She
is an in-house expert on Quick-
Books-related client concerns as
she is certified as a QuickBooks
Pro Advisor.
Jordan's leadership continues out-
sidetheoffice,wheresheisamem-
ber of Hartford Young Profession-
als and Entrepreneurs (HYPE) and
its Community Involvement Com-
mittee, helping to organize chari-
tableeventsbenefittingtheGreater
Hartford area. She is also a mem-
ber of the Glastonbury Chamber of
Commerce and has volunteered for
the Channel 3 Kids Camp.
Jordan also trades in her laptop for
a hard hat as a volunteer at Habitat
for Humanity builds and was se-
lected to be a member of the As-
sociated Building and Contractors
Emerging Leaders Group.
This fall, Jordan took to the
CTCPAEducationCenterasafirm
interviewer during the Interview Day
event.Shealsoleadsherfirm'scol-
lection efforts during the New and
Young Professionals annual charity
drives, collecting books, coats, and
more to help those less fortunate.
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The aspect of my work that I find the most challenging is:
findingthetimeinthedaytoaccomplisheverythingIsetoutto
do that morning.
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The aspect of my work that I find the most fun is:
that every day is
unpredictable. I come into work with an idea of how my day is going to
go and it almost always turns out differently. I love public accounting.
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If I weren't a CPA, I would be:
an event planner.
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My first job was:
cashier at Tri-Town Foods in Colchester.
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My advice to people starting out in the accounting profession is:
know how valuable you are to the profession. Your ideas are powerful
don't be afraid to share them.
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When I'm not at work you can find me:
planning! Usually for the next
vacation or decorating our house ...
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The app or website I can't live without is:
Pinterest.
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My favorite quote is:
"There'snoshortageofremarkableideas,what's
missingisthewilltoexecutethem."Seth Godin
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The word that best describes me is:
exuberant.
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At Karaoke Night I'd sing:
JanisJoplin's"MeandBobbyMcGee."
Jordan operates an excavator at the Connecticut Associated
Building and Contractors Construction Pro Rodeo. She
was a volunteer at the event, which exposed more than
1,500 high school students to careers in construction.
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Tessa Jordan, CPA
Manager
Nicola, Yester & Company, P.C., Glastonbury