Amanda Gessner, CPA
Alma Mater / Degree: University of Minnesota-Crookston
Current Job / Company / Location: Assurance Manager / Schmitz-Holmstrom / McClusky, ND
Employment History / Background: 8.5 years public accounting, 1.5 years private accounting
Professional/ Community Activities: ND NextGen and YP Committees member. AICPA Young Member Leadership Committee and Insurance Committee member. I also serve on a city subcommittee for Job Development in McClusky.
What was your first job? Hostess at Valentinos in Fargo. I discovered an employee who was embezzling and at 14 was terrified I’d be arrested for being the one to notify the owners.
What inspired you to become a CPA? The firm I interned and worked for encouraged it. It felt like the natural progression in my career.
What I like about the Society: The ability to connect with fellow CPAs in our state and take part in furthering our profession and advocating for our best interests. I love getting together in committees to determine our focus and achieve our goals and I appreciate how hard the staff work to put together a great Convention each year – not every state has that.
What would surprise people about me: I own a bar! After over 20 years of working in the industry while going through school and my career, my husband and I decided to open a bar and grill in his hometown. He handles the day-to-day operations while I manage the servers.
Tell us about your family: My husband and I have six fur kids (2 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 ferrets). I have two sisters and two adorable nephews that I don’t get to see often enough.
What do you like to do in your free time? I love to read. I also enjoy kayaking, playing music, puzzles, and video games.