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"No one expects you to know everything at first! Just take
as many opportunities as you can to show that you are
willing to learn and work hard."
To say Nicole Belding is a valued staff member
at Fiondella, Milone & LaSaracina LLP is an un-
derstatement in fact, she garnered a record-
breaking 10 "New and Young Professionals to
Watch" nominations!
"A true savior for the firm," one nomination pro-
claimed. "A pillar of knowledge," wrote another.
In her eight years at the Glastonbury firm, Nicole
has steadily climbed the ladder from intern to
senior manager. Her September 2017 promotion
made her the youngest senior manager in the
firm's 15-year history.
In nomination after nomination, Nicole was laud-
ed for her ability to gracefully handle a large work-
load she managed 33 benefit plan clients last
summer, in addition to her other audit clients
while still volunteering her time and knowledge
to serve as a mentor to other staff. She also puts
together trainings for the firm.
"She has always been my role model and some-
one I look up to as a manager," wrote nominator
Yana Reiser, an assurance and advisory ser-
vices manager at the firm. "She is very knowl-
edgeable, kind, and patient, and always ex-
plains things very well. She keeps jobs running
smoothly and timely, and is capable of resolving
various issues that come up for team members
or clients."
This summer, she was hand-selected to repre-
sent the firm at the PrimeGlobal Emerging Lead-
ers Conference.
When Nicole's not hard at work, she enjoys rid-
ing horses and hiking with her husky, Mika and
preparing for her next role in life.
"I'm expecting my first child this winter," she
said. "Such an exciting time!"
The aspect of my work that I find the most challenging is:
the constant
changes and learning whether it's a new accounting pronouncement or
learning about a new type of client or industry, I love all the variety!
The aspect of my work that I find the most fun is:
building relationships
and rapport with my clients and getting to learn about their companies.
If I weren't a CPA, I would be:
an engineer I enjoy building things.
My first job was:
working at a local barn taking care of the horses.
When I'm not at work you can find me:
horseback riding or hiking with
my dog.
The app or website I can't live without is:
Google Maps.
My favorite quote is:
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because
those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
Bernard Baruch
My favorite getaway location is:
Maine.
The word that best describes me is:
happy.
The most interesting/adventurous thing I've ever done was:
driving up
the coast of California in a convertible it was one of my favorite trips.
One of the best gifts I've ever received was:
when we rescued our dog
(a Husky named Mika). She brings so much fun and humor to our lives.
At Karaoke Night I would sing:
Nothing singing is definitely not my
strong suit. I could clear the place out!
Nicole has ridden horses
since she was young.
She rides for fun,
competes a little, and
volunteers as a warm-up
rider for Interscholastic
Equestrian Association
(IEA) middle school and
high school horse shows.
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Nicole Belding, CPA
Senior Manager, Assurance and Advisory Services
Fiondella, Milone & LaSaracina LLP, Glastonbury
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Connecticut CPA
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January/February 2018