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Grill the Arsonist – Amanda $
November 20, 2019 | Sarah Larson

And we’re back with another round of “Grill the Arsonist." In this edition, we’re grilling our Accountant Arsonist Amanda Schilling, aka Amanda $. With a knack for numbers and previous corporate experience working with John Deere, RSM, KPMG and Abercrombie & Fitch Corporate, she knows her stuff(!!) and we couldn’t be happier that she joined the MindFire gang.

Will she be able to handle the heat of the hot seat? Read on…

Amanda Schilling

First things first - you’re known as Amanda $ here at MindFire. Why’s that?

They call me Amanda $ to differentiate between me and Amanda Bertolozzi. I like that it also kind of helps define my role here, too. If there’s a $ attached to it, it will pass through my hands at some point.

You’re MindFire’s Accountant Arsonist. What does an average work day look like for you?

I hide in my office! Kidding! I do typical accounting related tasks – payables, billing, payroll, financial reporting and analysis, etc. It’s hard to get too many people excited about those kinds of things, but that’s why I’m here. I nerd out over a good spreadsheet. I also get to do a lot of our HR and benefits stuff and help onboard new employees. Since I’ve started, I’ve worked hard to master the project management software program the agency uses, so I get a lot of questions when people are looking to learn how to do something new.

What inspired you to be an Accountant?

I didn’t choose the accounting life, it chose me. I was born on Tax Day, so we joke that I had no choice! Growing up, I earned my allowance sorting invoices for my parents’ company, as well as filing and auditing spreadsheets. You know, normal kid stuff. ;)

In college I was in between supply chain management and accounting, and I had great mentors through my internships at John Deere that led me to discover my true passion was in the numbers.

What’s your version of a perfect weekend?

At this stage of life, my husband Levi and I like to keep it pretty low-key. Family time is what our weekends are all about. We love taking our two young daughters to either of their grandparents’ houses for adventures.  We do a lot of swimming, chasing chickens or finding caterpillars to bring home and watch become butterflies. It’s mostly outdoors learning, exploring and seeing the world through their eyes.

Favorite city you’ve been to?

I lived in Savannah, Georgia for three years while my husband was in the Army, and it will always have a special place in our hearts. The buildings, history, Riverwalk, ghosts, food and Spanish moss all combine to happy memories and an exciting place to visit. Southern food and hospitality are plentiful!

What’s your favorite season during the year and why?

Spring is my favorite. Living in the Midwest, I love it because the sun finally shines, the skies are blue and we can be outdoors again. I love the thunderstorms and the smell of the air in the spring. Living in the south, spring was the best because it was warm enough to be outdoors and even swim and go to the beach, but not so hot you’d melt. Once summer hits in Georgia, it’s impossible to be outside unless you’re fully submerged in the pool.

What do you love most about your job?

I love working with a team of creative people! As an accountant you don’t come across opportunities like this that often. Everyone here is smart, witty and funny. They work hard, but have a good time doing it. I love that. I love working somewhere that people enjoy being.

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