Senior manager, Burr Pilger Mayer, Inc. (BPM), 110 Stony Point Rd., Ste. 210, Santa Rosa 95401; 1432A Main St., St. Helena 94574; 707-524-6588, bpmcpa.com
Professional background: CPA
Education: B.S.E., accounting, St. Mary’s College of California
[caption id="attachment_94206" align="alignright" width="210"] Michelle Ausburn[/caption]
Tell us about yourself and your company: I grew up on the Central Coast of California and have lived in the North Bay since 2002. My current practice focuses on assurance services for wineries, vineyards, negociants, food and beverage manufacturers, agriculture, and real estate, both publicly-held and private. If you have to be an auditor, I can’t imagine more fun industries to work in.
In 2012, I joined BPM, one of the largest Bay Area based full-service accounting and consulting firms with six offices including Santa Rosa and St. Helena. BPM has the depth and breadth of services equivalent to a national or international firm and is extremely client-service oriented - we refer to our delivery model as “big firm know-how…small firm know-you.” It’s a strong differentiator for us in the North Bay.
Is there a major accomplishment in the past year or so that you would like to share?: I was involved in a client project outside the normal scope of my day-to-day that was both intellectually and emotionally challenging. We played a crucial role in the project and there were many tight deadlines, which caused tension and stress at times. However, it was also very collaborative and fun, and I really enjoying having the opportunity to work with other professionals throughout the firm and in the industry. Ultimately, it was a great learning experience and very rewarding to see our client succeed, in part as a result of our efforts.
What is the achievement you are most proud of?: Being one of the first in my family to attend (and graduate from) college and following through with my goal of becoming a CPA.