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Meet the DMB Community Life Finance & Accounting Team

September 12, 2020 by Abigail Spong Coordinator, Communications

DMB Community Life’s Finance & Accounting Team is top-notch. These folks are responsible for making sure we are prudent in our planning and balanced in what we’ve accomplished.

For a good definition of an accountant, our team leans on a quote from the great Iranian Accountant  Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī’ (lived in the 9th century): ‘Doers do, but accountants do accurately.’

We asked each team member what they like best about  their role in supporting our role in prudent and responsible budgeting and planning for our communities – here’s what they had to say.

Meet Al Semmler | Senior Accountant

Says Al, the universe teaches us that unbalanced things wear out faster. Accounting  is based on the simplest of equations: A-L-OE=0. What’s not to love ? This discipline tells you what sign (+ or -) should be used. It enables us to use double-entry bookkeeping principles which in turn keep things balanced.

Meet Andrew Long | Director, Finance

The thing I love most about what I do is the ability to answer complex questions about the future of a community given a set of seemingly random data. What’s not quite so exciting is to see how wrong I am when it comes to certain assumptions.

Meet Darrell Mead, CPA | Director, Accounting

Just to clarify, ALOE is not a gel used on sunburns, it stands for Assets-Liabilities-Owners Equity = 0”.  Accounting always balances: pluses equal minuses, ins equal outs, debits equal credits. In accounting, you get immediate notification of whether you are right or wrong. All transactions balance. If at the end you have a square peg and only a round hole left, you did something wrong. You start over until all the pegs fit.

Meet Jennifer Wressell | Accounting Associate

My favorite thing about accounting is that I can be a detective at the same time I can use math.Two things I like to do and am good at. Weird, I know, but believe it or not, there is a lot of investigative work in accounting.

Meet Lori Hiatt |Accounting Associate

I love being a part of the accounting team because we do important work, touching all of our communities.  I have only been with the teamfor a couple of weeks and already feel as though I am an integral part of the team.

Meet Patsy Fawcett | Manager, Accounting

Our team has a great sense of humor. You have to be in this line of work. And we have a lot of fun doing what we do.

Meet Veronica Escobedo | Accounting Associate

Who doesn’t love money?

Learn more about our accounting team and the other vital DMB Community Life team members here!