Tessa Keena, CPA

Tessa Keena

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Education/Certification

I earned an Associate of Science in Business Studies degree from Cornerstone University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a major in Accounting, from Grand Valley State University.

I maintain my CPA certification in the State of Michigan.

What is your area of specialty – how do you best help your clients?

I am passionate about working with business owners, executive directors, and their management teams to ensure they have accurate financial information and sound business processes.

My areas of expertise include accounting and business systems implementation and oversight, business processes, financial statement analysis and reporting, annual budgeting and forecasting, strategic planning, and not-for-profit grant tracking.

What are your top 5 strengths? What is your favorite strength?

Achiever – Woo – Communication – Learner – Belief.

I don’t have a favorite strength. I believe that my top five are a true reflection of who I am!

How do you like to give back to the community?

My husband and I are passionate about giving back and supporting the community. A few of our favorites are:
+ The Local Church
+ Calvary Church
+ Servants Center
+ Power of Education Foundation
+ D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s Homes

Additionally, we have a passion for opening our home to others. We hosted an exchange student from Italy, a few college students, and family members. Recently we were able to welcome a new exchange student, from Spain. We are so blessed to have her stay with us and to learn more about her and her culture! We have gained life-long relationships and are grateful for them all!

Giving back is also very important to our firm and I have the opportunity to serve on boards and committees for the following organizations:
+ Michigan State Board of Accountancy
+ The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
+ The Brains Foundation
+ The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce & West Michigan Hispanic Chamber Foundation
+ Gateways for Growth/Kent County Welcome Plan Steering Committee Member

What are your superpowers – something you’re good at that others should know about?

• Cosmaccountant – Accountant by day – Cosmetologist by night
• Armature photographer…but expert scrapbooker
• Amazing wedding assistant
• Master organizer
• Awesome babysitter/ baby whisperer

Accomplishment you’re proud of?

• My daughter Bella. Watching her grow into the young woman she is and seeing her accomplish her dreams!
• Graduating college and passing the CPA exam – boy was that a stressful time!
• Building and growing the Accounting Solutions Team and partnering with so many amazing team members along the way!
• Training our dogs to walk/run on the treadmill for extra exercise (especially during the winter months!)

Tell us about your life outside of work (family/pets/sports/activities/interests/hobbies)

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter, family and friends. I love shopping, photography, traveling, attending live theater/film/concerts, reading leadership and DEI books, listening to podcasts, and party planning! My daughter is in her sophomore year of college, studying digital media & design and is on the Women’s Lacrosse Team.

Our “adopted” son is in his sophomore year of college, studying accounting (like me!) and is on the Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country teams. We love attending their games/meets and cheering them on! I just started studying Spanish this year (my lifelong dream), and I am obsessed with learning more each day! We have two dogs (boxers) Max and Harley… I love them so much! J

What is your favorite part of working at the firm?

I just love our firm! I am so grateful to work with some of the most amazing team members! They inspire me every day! I love the impact we have in growing our people, serving our clients, and giving back to the community!

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