Meet Ashley Kerzman, Business Manager

Ashley Kerzman, Business Manager

Dedicated, passionate, friendly and focused—these are just a few of the ways we would describe one of our newest additions to the Landwehr Tax & Accounting team. Ashley Kerzman began her role as business manager in September 2016. Her responsibilities include managing project workflow, communicating with vendors, completing software updates, fostering team growth and much more.

“I really enjoy the variety,” Ashley shares. “From refining work processes to planning events, I coordinate every aspect of operations.”

Ashley’s experience, education and personality make her the perfect fit for this position. An obsessive organizer and extremely hard worker, Ashley possesses nearly six years of experience in operations and finance. She earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from St. Cloud State University while working full-time and starting a family.

Ashley’s passion for learning and willingness to try new things motivate her to push the business towards even greater efficiency and growth—and her colleagues are noticing.

“I am so excited to have Ashley on board,” says owner Cherie Landwehr. “She will make our client service even better by implementing forward-thinking ideas, seeing projects to completion and freeing up my time to spend with our clients.”

Outside of work, Ashley enjoys volleyball, softball, crafting, and nature walks with her husband Scott and children Kason, Brooklyn and Hannah.

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If you or someone you know is a veteran who is thinking about starting a business, you are in good company. It has been shown that military veterans make outstanding entrepreneurs, and studies have shown that vets are 45% more likely to start their own business than those without military experience. Being in the military is an excellent way to build character, develop skills, and gain the confidence needed to succeed in business. Starting a business can seem daunting for anyone. However, there are some excellent resources available for veterans to help them. We’ve compiled a list of 5 tips for veterans thinking about starting a business. (more…)

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