February 2012   


In This Issue

The Scoop on FEWnet

FEWnet Member Spotlight

Table Talk

What FEWnet Members are Reading

The Certes Experience


FEWnet Members on the Move

Long-Term Contractors and Perm Candidates


The Scoop on FEWnet

Greetings, FEWnet friends!


Can you believe March is just a day away and we have yet to earn our wintery title of “Minne-snow-ta” this year? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. Even though spring is almost here, we’re still hearing compliments about our Fall Educational Breakfast held in October. Nearly 150 of you joined us for a morning session focused on working effectively with multiple generations from the fabulous duo of Leading Edge Coaches. I hope you learned (and laughed!) as much as I did that morning.


Please keep an eye out for an invitation to the largest networking event we’ve ever hosted – this year we've decided to combine our FEWnet Annual Spring Party with an Open House! Save the date of Thursday, May 17, for an evening open house and party at our home, The Colonnade, located at 5500 Wayzata Blvd. in Golden Valley. More details to come – we would love to see you there!

FEWnet is now in our 11th year, and our group has grown to 1,800 professional women in finance and accounting! We look forward to another fabulous year full of opportunities and events! If you have team members with less than ten years of experience let them know about our Nextworking group. Nextworking, for young men and women in the finance and accounting fields, celebrates its 6th anniversary this year with 1,700 members. 2012 is sure to be a year full of networking and relationship building opportunities!


Here at Certes, we are seeing a turnaround in the staffing landscape, which makes for a promising trend. Certes Financial Pros and our three sister divisions have 16 client service directors working for you in the Twin Cities. Certes is the Twin Cities’ premier provider of top-tier, high-caliber finance and accounting talent. SNI Financial, Accounting Now, and SNI Technology, focus on F&A permanent placement, clerk to mid-level F&A staffing, and IT staffing. This partnership allows us to be your full-service accounting and finance staffing partner – from clerk to CFO. If you have any staffing needs now or in the future, kindly consider us for the job – you’ll be glad you did. On the flip side, if you or someone you know is in the midst of a job search, it would be an honor to put our extensive local and national network to work for you.


We hope you enjoy this issue of Just Dessert – it’s full of book recommendations, a profile of one of our longest standing FEWnet members, table topics from our small groups, and much more!

Take care,

Sally Mainquist, CPA

FEWnet Founder

President and CEO, Certes Financial Pros
FEWnet Member Spotlight


"Obstacles are those frightful things you see you when you take your eyes off your goal."

                               ~Henry Ford

Long-time FEWnet member, Connie Bush has a full-plate securing corporate financing, balancing work and home life, and planning that next outdoor vacation!

Read on to find out how this CFO feels her proudest moments are still ahead of her!


Table Talk

Take a look at some of the topics our FEWnet small group members delve into during their meetings:

  • Effectively Mediate Employee Squabbles
  • Misconceptions about Teamwork
  • What Employees Want (and Worry About) in 2012

Read on



Just in time for Spring Break! Check out these reading recommendations for your next vacation or stay-cation!

What Alice Forgot  by Liane Moriaty

Outliers: The Story of Success  by Malcolm Gladwell

The Marriage Plot: A Novel  by Jeffrey Euginides

Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life  by Richard Paul and Linda Elder

"Certes Financial Pros provides excellent candidates for accounting and finance roles in our organization. Our account manager has remained in communication with us, and has provided excellent support when needed. We've always found Certes contractors to be professional hard workers that we can count on. We look forward to our continued working relationship with Certes Financial Pros... always there when you need them and happy to discuss the business. Well done.”

                                                                            - Certes client


Mi Casa es Su Casa!

Our House is Your House on May 17, 2012

Open House and Party!

When: Thursday, May 17, 2012

Where: The Atrium at The Colonnade
5500 Wayzata Blvd.  Golden Valley MN 55416

Time:  5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy Tapas, Craft Beer, Spanish Wine, Sangria, and Networking

Invitations and details will be arriving soon!


Save the Date!

Our FEWnet Party returns on September 27th, 2012

Mark your calendar today!



Members on the Move

Kelly Larson, CFO of Summit Brewing Company, welcomed a baby girl! Alexa was born on November 18, joining her big brother and big sister. Congratulations to the entire Larson family!

 Contract and Perm

Certes Financial Pros specializes in providing senior level financial professionals to Twin Cities companies needing contract, contract-to-perm, and permanent staffing support. As an award-winning "Best Employer," Certes is here to help you find top notch talent for your finance and accounting teams or that next career move with one of our outstanding clients. Begin exploring opportunities today!

Do you have an immediate staffing need? Our four local divisions of SNI Companies can help!

Certes Financial Pros:
Senior level accounting and finance contract staffing
SNI Financial:
Senior level permanent placement staffing solutions

Accounting Now: Clerk to mid-level finance and accounting staffing

SNI Technology: Full service IT staffing solutions

Check out a sampling of the high-caliber talent available through our network and give us a call.

Long-Term Contractors Available

Perm Placement Candidates for Hire

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