Erika Ewen has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Asset Services LLC as controller. Ewen will direct the accounting department in all accounting functions and financial reporting of Commercial Advisors Asset Services as well as all property management clients.
Hometown: Lander, Wyo.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in business administration from Montana State University in Billings, Mont. I am currently enrolled at Southern New Hampshire University in pursuit of a Master of Business Administration in accounting.
Work experience: I bring more than 16 years of accounting experience, including public accounting/income tax, payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, insurance administration, business management, budgeting, rebates, audit, cost accounting, commercial property lease management and negotiation, and financial systems consulting and setup.
Family: My daughter, Tayler, 14, and my son, Kameron, 12.
Favorite quote: “You can either travel on the road of worry or travel on the road of faith – but you can’t do both. And if you are on the road of worry, you aren’t trusting in God.” “You can either travel on the road of worry, or travel on the road of faith - but you can’t do both. And if you are on the road of worry, you aren’t trusting in God.”
Favorite movies: “Condorman,” “Top Gun” and “The Secret Life of Bees”
The sports team(s) you root for: Broncos, of course.
What’s playing on your stereo right now? “Countdown” by The Black Keys
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Running, reading, camping.
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could play the piano.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My mom – whenever I need to talk something out, she always helps me to stay grounded, compassionate and honest.
What attracted you to Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Asset Services? The people! I love the atmosphere and the professional and cultivating culture that is very present here.
What are your goals as controller? My goals are, one, to establish streamlined processes that encourage teamwork while aiding in productivity and communication, and two, to continue to develop and nurture an accounting department that is professional, informed and service oriented.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? My biggest accomplishment is moving from Wyoming to Memphis. It’s allowed me to significantly improve the options available to me and my children.
What do you most enjoy about your work? I most enjoy seeing projects come to fruition – all the hard work that results in increased productivity, the answers that have been discovered along the way and the individual tasks that are made a little bit easier.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? I tell my own children to make school a No. 1 priority in their life. Everything that they will face in their lives now and in the future is made easier when educated.
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