Where would we be without these two team members? This week, meet Kelly Green, who pulls double-duty as our accounting and human relations manager. But don't let her love of numbers fool you. Kelly is also a professional, award-winning bluegrass musician for Acoustic Endeavors, a group she co-founded in 1992.
Next is our meticulous proofreader, Tara Lincoln. Tara is often our last line of defense for all in-house and customer designs. Everything from spelling and text inaccuracies to graphic issues meet their match under Tara's watchful eye.
How long have you been with Magnets USA? 11 years.
What's the best part of the job? Working with such a fun group of people every day and the diversity of the job. There's never a dull moment in the accounting office.
What's the best gift you've ever received, and what made it so special? My parents bought me a fiddle and a guitar when I was young. I grew up in a musical family. Music has taken me literally all over the world. I've been fortunate to have lived and traveled all over Europe, England and Ireland. I would not have had those opportunities if it wasn't for those two gifts. I have met some very dear lifelong friends because of the music my parents instilled in me as a child.
What's your favorite thing to do in the Roanoke Valley on the weekends? Work in my garden, spend time with my three huge bulldogs (Maybelle, Vassar and Monroe — all named after famous bluegrass musicians) and enjoy the wonderful live music scene.
As a child, what was your dream job? I have always loved numbers, so my dream job was to be in the accounting field. I am so very lucky to be doing exactly what I dreamed of doing when I grew up.
How long have you been with Magnets USA? I've been here eight years now.
What's the most rewarding part of the job?
Having the respect of the designers, even when I correct them all day.
What's the best adventure you've ever been on?
Watching the sea turtles in Costa Rica.
If you could go back and give your 18-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be? Learn more about the real world; It can't be found in a book.
What's your favorite season?
Fall. I grew up in the mountains and love the colors of the trees and the crispness of the air.