May 2011


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

Hello FEWnet friends!

I hope this finds you enjoying spring and all of the splendor it holds - wait, what spring is that?! Certainly not the one we are having here in Minnesota. But, now that May is upon us, we should start seeing the flowers that the April showers promised to bring.

We are excited for the upcoming FEWnet Annual Party on May 19, at a new location, the Sheraton Minneapolis West. This year's event promises to be the biggest and best yet! Jody Feragen, Senior VP and CFO of Hormel Foods, will talk with us about the experiences, challenges, and opportunities she has encountered in her high-profile postion. Be sure to register, and feel free to bring a friend in the industry! Click here to register yourself (and be sure to register your guest as well).

Did you know it is FEWnet's 10th anniversay? I'm overjoyed by the number of business and personal relationships that have resulted directly from FEWnet. It's a pleasure to see so many introductions  and connections made through this group. We are looking for stories you may have about FEWnet, and how it has made a difference for you personally or professionally. If you have anything to share, please send me an email at I'd love to hear from you.

See you at the Annual Party on May 19!

Take care,

Sally Mainquist, CPA

FEWnet Founder

President and CEO, Certes Financial Pros
FEWnet Member Spotlight

"Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door."

~ Emily Dickinson

Sally Mainquist is, of course, the most active member of FEWnet! You might think you know Sally, but we have a few surprises about this busy executive, wife, mother, and volunteer.

Read on to learn more about how Sally leads her life professionally and personally, her evolving taste in music, and how playing by the rules works for her. Now, if she could just get a little more sleep… 


Table Talk

See what our FEWnet small group members had to say about the topics below:

  • The Way We're Working Isn't Working
  • Why Chemistry is more Important than Talent
  • Social Media: Are You on Board?

Read on!


With summer road trips on the horizon, check out what some of our FEWnet small group members are reading.

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

The Money Class: Learn to Create Your New American Dream
by Suze Orman

"This is the second engagement we have worked with this particular contractor and love the work she has done with us. She digs right in, asks the right questions, and drives to complete the assigned tasks within the given timeline!”

- Certes client, telemarketing services provider


FEWnet Annual Party

Join fellow women of FEWnet at our Annual Party on May 19 at the newly rennovated Sheraton Minneapolis West. 

Enjoy an evening of networking, beverages, and hors d’ouvres as we celebrate FEWnet’s 10th Anniversary! Keynote speaker, Jody Feragen, the first female executive for Hormel Foods Corporation shares her story of the challenges and opportunities she encountered in her career and industry. Jody lets us in on the secrets of how she and Hormel managed financial stability in volatile times.

Invite a female friend in the accounting and finance industry to join you!

Find all the details on our website or email to register. Be sure to register your guest as well. Please include your name, company, title, and email address.

We look forward to seeing you at our most popular event of the year!

Members on the Move

Melanie Ronneberg, Assurance Director at Target Corporation, welcomed a baby girl. Reese Elizabeth arrived on April 15, joining her big brother and sister in the Ronneberg family. Congratulations to Melanie and her entire family!

The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants appointed Sara Portner as chair of the MNCPA Board of Directors. Sara currently serves as controller with Frana Companies and brings 16 years of experience and leadership to her newly appointed position with the MNCPA Board. Kudos to FEWnet member Sara Portner!
 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? Check out our current contract and permanent placement available lists and give us a call.

Long-Term Contractors Available

Perm Placement Candidates for Hire

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