June 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

Hello FEWnet Friends,

Summer is in full-swing, and I hope you are enjoying all the reasons we love Minnesota!

It was great fun to see many of you at our Mi Casa es Su Casa party in the atrium of our office building, The Colonnade! We hope you enjoyed the Spanish inspired food and beverages as well as the conversation and networking opportunities. We had an amazing turnout, with over 600 registered friends of Certes, so if we didn’t get to say hello at the party please accept my sincere thank you for attending our event.

With our summer already off to a great start, we were delighted to learn that Certes has been named a 100 Best Companies by Minnesota Business magazine. This award honors companies achieving excellence in the workplace and Certes earned a spot in the medium company category. We are grateful to our employees and clients for embracing and supporting our company.

The fun will continue this fall! Mark your calendars and save the date for our next FEWnet event. The FEWnet Annual Party will be held on Thursday, September 27th. I hope to see you all at the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel -- near Ridgedale -- for our party. Keep an eye out for your invitation arriving soon.

Please remember, if you find yourself in need of top-tier accounting and finance talent look no further than Certes. We’d love to help you with all of your accounting and financial staffing needs. Look to our sister-divisions, SNI Financial, Accounting Now, and SNI Technology to assist you in your permanent placement, clerk to mid-level accounting, and all levels of IT talent needs.

Enjoy this new edition of Just Dessert!

Take care,

Sally Mainquist, CPA

FEWnet Founder

President and CEO, Certes Financial Pros
FEWnet Member Spotlight


"Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life… Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness
as your spare time.

                              ~ Pablo Picasso

She’s not your average accountant! This recent Chair of the Board of Directors for the MN Society of CPAs loves Metallica and scrapbooking, the Food Network and Harleys. As the new Regional Controller for the Midwest Division of Adolfson & Peterson Construction, Sara Portner encompasses a unique blend of business acumen and an appreciation for the unexpected.


Table Talk

Dig in to some of the topics our small group members are discussing during their meetings:

  • Surefire ways to kill employee motivation
  • Paradox of Management: Expendability
  • Elements of a healthy business culture

Read on



Add these recommended titles to your summer reading list.

If you’re not reading it, you know someone who is…
Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
by E.L. James

11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King

When Little Things Count…and They Always Count: 601 Essential Things That Everyone in Business Needs to Know by Barbara Pachter

How Will You Measure Your Life?  by Clayton M. Christensen

"Your staff again stands out…you should be very proud of your business and the quality of your people!"
                                                      - Certes Fotune 500 client

FEWnet Annual Party

When: Thursday, September 27, 2012

Where: The Sheraton Minneapolis West
12201 Ridgedale Drive ~  Minnetonka, MN

Time:  5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Join FEWnet friends for a complimentary evening of
hors d’oeuvres, wine and beverages, networking, and fun!

Your invitation and details will be arriving soon!


Invite a female friend in accounting and finance to join you.
Please be sure to register yourself and your guest.
Email Molly at
Include your name, company, title, and preferred email address.

Members on the Move

Nicole Anderson of H.B. Fuller Company welcomed a baby boy, Tyler Jacob. Our very best wishes to the entire Anderson family!

Certes Financial Pros’ Client Service Director, Chum Struve offered her advice and strategies to help you move ahead in Control Your Career, published in the MNCPA’s April Footnote magazine.

Kelly Larson, CFO of Summit Brewing Company, was named one of the MSP Business Journal’s 2012 Women to Watch.

Sandy Sponem, CFO of M.A. Mortenson, was named one of the MSP Business Journal’s 2012 Industry Leaders.

Karen Angell, Partner at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, was also named a 2012 Industry Leader by the MSP Business Journal.

Sara Portner is now the Midwest Regional Controller at Adolfson & Peterson Construction.

 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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