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Tech Talks: Jeff Niederhausen, Chief Financial Officer

 

We recently sat down with Jeff Niederhausen, TKA’s Chief Financial Officer, to learn more about his role with the company, what keeps him motivated and how he defines success.

Q: What is your role at TKA? Describe what you do day-to-day.
A: I am the Chief Financial Officer for TKA. My day-to-day tasks are to ensure that as a company TKA stays on track to hit our financial and strategic goals for both our internal business, but for our clients also. This is accomplished by building and analyzing spreadsheets, attending many conference calls and the ever-popular account analysis and journal entries. This is the fun life of an accountant!

Q: How long have you been with TKA and why did you choose this profession?
A: I have been officially with TKA a little over four years, but I have been involved with TKA since its inception in 2012 in a consulting role. I started my college life aiming to be a teacher, but I decided to take a year off and refocus on my career goals. When I went back to school, I went back focusing on marketing and quickly switched to computer programming. After not loving either of those career paths, I remembered the accounting class I took in high school that I did well in and enjoyed. That was enough to pursue a degree in accounting. That decision was in 1995 and here I am in 2020, still in accounting, loving it and sitting in my current position, with a great company.

Q: What are 3 words to describe your team?
A: The three words I would use to describe our team would be:

  •  Trustworthy – we do what we say we will do, without any hidden agendas or costs. We talk the talk and walk the walk.
  • Integrity – we let our morals guide our choices and decisions. We believe in treating others how we would like to be treated. We believe in transparency, so much that we are an open book and try to hide nothing.
  • Progressive – we are very forward-thinking. We are always looking for ways to improve the industry and life for our clients.

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: The best part of my job is no two days are the same (unless it’s during a month or year-end close, then it’s like Groundhog Day!). Every day brings new challenges and questions that help keep the mind sharp and helps make me and the team better not only as leaders but as human beings.

Q: What has been your proudest moment working at TKA?
A: I do think that my proudest moment truly has not happened yet. I think there are more great things still ahead for TKA. However, if I had to name one, I would have to say working with our Southern California Regional Director over many months to save an account that was going downhill. We did such a great job turning the perception around that the client bought into our parent company and we probably have the strongest relationship with them today of all our clients.

Q: What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
A: Outside of a paycheck? Just kidding! For me, it would be believing in our mission to bring the best HTM program to our current and our future clients. Also, working with some of the greatest people in the industry, that I get to call friends and co-workers. To me, that is what excites me to get up every day and go to work.

Q: What is something that most people don’t know about you?
A: If you visit the TKA website, you would see that I used to sing in a heavy metal band. However, to make this fresh and interesting, I also used to write poetry and started to write a novel. Hopefully, one day, I will finish it. Maybe I can become a millionaire from it and see it on the big screen, but first I need to finish the manuscript!

Q: How do you define success?
A: Being the Chief Financial Officer, you would probably think I look at success as a profitable Profit and Loss statement. While that is a great measure of success for a company, I also believe it goes beyond that. Success also includes having a product that people believe in and are eager to shout to the top of their lungs how great it is. Success is having employees who love their company and don’t want to leave because they know the company respects and believes in their talents. Success is being able to go to bed at night, with no regrets, knowing you and the company’s actions speak volumes in the industry and you never faltered and went against your own morals. Success is, when the time comes to walk away, you can shake your head, in acceptance, knowing what you built will stand and thrive in your absence. To me, that is success.

 

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