In Cray Kaiser’s Employee Spotlight series, we highlight a member of the CK team. We couldn’t be more proud of the team we’ve grown and we’re excited for you to get to know them. This month we’re shining our spotlight on Kathleen Glavac.
GETTING TO KNOW KATHLEEN
Kathleen is a Senior Administrative Assistant at CK, providing key communication between the firm and its clients. As part of the administrative team, ensuring that completed documents are assembled and prepared to be delivered to clients and contacting clients for delivery instructions to ensure a timely and secure delivery of their documents is on the daily agenda. Through this process, Kathleen has developed strong client relationships. In addition, Kathleen supports the staff by proofreading reports, managing the professional staff CPE hours, tickler logs, annual file purges, has been a part of the “PEEPS” committee, organized CK events, handled supply orders, and of course answering phones and assisting clients and staff.
Kathleen and her husband started a masonry construction business in 1983. During this time Kathleen was responsible for bookkeeping while her husband was out on the job. She also worked for the Plainfield Police Records’ Department which led to a position with the Plainfield Police Commission as an administrative assistant. Going back to school, she earned her Associate’s degree in Business Management and Supervision, with certifications in Human Resources and Entrepreneurship. During this time, she held many volunteer positions, from classroom mom to PTO President, Band Booster volunteer, and religious ed teacher.
Kathleen started working at CK ten years ago. After being brought in as a temp, she was hired full time within a month. Coming to work at an accounting firm in February with little knowledge of what tax season entailed for the firm had its challenges, but the experience opened Kathleen’s eyes to CK’s operations.
The past ten years have flown by for Kathleen, which she attributes to loving the work she does and its evolution over the years. Of the CK team, Kathleen said, “The people are the best, the admin team is amazing, the partners and staff are always willing to answer a question, help with a problem, and share a laugh!”
When asked about her favorite CK core value, Kathleen chose “People”. She explained that everyone has something to offer and while she may not prepare tax returns or financial statements herself, being in reception has still allowed her to build relationships with clients. She feels that clients return to CK each year because they are valued as people. She added, “Our staff is awesome, not only do they take great pride in their work, but they genuinely care about each other, and the clients they service.”
MORE ABOUT KATHLEEN
- How do you like to spend your weekends?
Spending time with family, especially our grandkids, is always at the top of the list. Visiting our favorite winery in Wisconsin is a favorite too.
- Tell us about your family.
Anton and I will be married 38 years in July. We have three adult children – Michael, Rachel (married to a Michael), and Meaghan. We have been blessed with four grandchildren – Bradley (8), Matthew (5), and twins Brooklyn and Madison (4).
- What motto do you live by?
Life is precious, cherish each moment.
- What is the #1 place on your vacation list?
I would really like to take our entire family (kids and grandkids) to Slovenia to see where their father and grandparents lived before coming to America.
- What’s your favorite movie or TV show?
Hallmark Movies – I was even gifted my very own Hallmark movie blanket!
- What’s on your music playlist?
Anything and everything! It depends on my mood at the moment, but I like oldies, rock, classical, contemporary, and even a great Slovenian polka!