Interview with Staff Accountant, Valerie Messner

Q: What inspired your career path?

A: A few things influenced my choice for a career in accounting. In high school, I really enjoyed my accounting and business classes. Additionally, I was inspired by my father who started his own business. He helped me understand more about business and how accounting plays a key role. Throughout college and early work opportunities, I had professors and mentors who encouraged my professional development and played an influential role in my decision to go into public accounting.

Q: Tell us about your family.

A: I grew up in Hancock, MN, which is right down the road from Morris. My Father, Ryan, owns RM Steel LLC, a grain systems construction company. My mother, Heidi, helps with the family business as the administrative assistant and bookkeeper, in addition to keeping the Messner house running. I have two brothers, Clint and Toby, who both work for the family business. I also have a little sister, Vivian, who is in high school and keeps busy with school extracurriculars, cleaning jobs, and helps around the house.

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing piano, listening to a good podcast, and baking. In the summertime, I enjoy soaking up the sun, going on walks, and spending time near water.

Q: Why CDS?

A: Initially, I was drawn to CDS due to its strong reputation of providing exceptional service. After joining the team, it’s evident to me that CDS cares about its team members. They invest in their team members by providing opportunities for growth and development, which allows them to serve clients and create an impact in local communities.

Valerie’s Full Bio