Angela Aghabeg has joined temporary staffing and executive search firm Gateway Group Personnel as controller. In her new role, Aghabeg is responsible for the maintenance and accuracy of the general ledger and compliance with governmental reporting requirements and tax filings. She also is accountable for compiling historical and current data and financial records and preparing monthly financial statements for analysis and projections.
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas, and Alhambra, Calif.
Experience: Economics degree from University of California, Irvine; accounting degree from California State University at Fullerton; audits and taxes at Vicenti, Lloyd & Stutzman in Glendora, Calif.; CPA license since 1996; corporate accounting at International Paper in Memphis; part-time accounting at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis
Family: Husband, Darren; children Alyssa (10 years old) and Ryan (14 years old)
Favorite quote: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
Favorite movie: “The Blind Side”
The sports team(s) you root for: UCLA
What’s playing on your stereo right now? “All Summer Long” by Kid Rock
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Reading, running and spending time with my family
What talent do you wish you had? Playing the piano
Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My father has had the greatest influence in my life because he was an excellent example of someone who worked hard, respected others, and loved and supported his family.
What attracted you to Gateway Group Personnel? Gateway Group Personnel is composed of competent job recruiters who successfully place candidates in companies; thus, contributing to the improvement in the lives of people and the economy.
What are your goals in your new role? My goal as the controller is to accurately measure the company’s financial progress and to help it remain in compliance with an increasingly complex regulatory environment.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment was completing a half marathon in 2013.
What do you most enjoy about your work? What I enjoy most about my job is working with people who work as hard as I do to enhance the success of the company.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? My one piece of advice to young people is to always be accountable for your actions.
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