Every other month, we features two MNMW team members, providing you with information to help you get to know us better!
Becky Bokrand, CPA, CFF, CFE
If you had asked Becky Bokrand as a kid if she’d grow up to be an accountant, she might have laughed. Her favorite subject was classical literature, and she was more comfortable setting tile on a jobsite than crunching numbers in a business suit. As she stepped in to help her in-laws keep the books of their construction company, though, she discovered a love of debits and credits that lead to a career as a forensic CPA.
At the time that Becky graduated with a master’s degree, the specialty of forensic accounting was still fairly uncharted territory and not many firms offered such services. Then she met Gail Markham in 2003, and Becky has been solving financial puzzles and conducting fraud investigations as part of MNMW’s forensic accounting team ever since.
When she’s not being a numeric detective, Becky can be found enjoying time with her family. They’re an adventurous trio who count Copenhagen as a favorite spot and hope to camp in Yellowstone National Park. When not exploring the world, Becky enjoys reading, stage shows, movies, and puzzles – not surprising since her work involves piecing together financial clues. But mostly, she enjoys being a mom—a role that she says has taught her to be a better person, by teaching her to lead by example.
Part of Becky’s career inspiration stems from a certain definition of success: Ralph Waldo Emerson said, in part, “to leave the world a bit better … to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.”
If you’ve ever tried to run an operation without a good executive assistant, you know how quickly the whole thing can fall apart. Lucky for us at MNMW, Toby Belding was looking for a new job right as we were looking to fill this critical vacancy within our tax team. She calls it fate. We absolutely agree.
Toby applied at the recommendation of a friend who was already working for the firm. She was just starting to look for a job, and once she interviewed here, she says she knew her search was over. As one of the tax team’s executive assistants, Toby coordinates appointments, communicates with existing clients, and takes calls from potential clients to determine if our team is a good fit for their needs. She’s equally comfortable—and skilled—at running behind-the-scenes operations and serving as a front-line customer liaison.
When she’s not at work, Toby loves spending time with family and friends. She has three adult children and recently married the love of her life. She and her husband enjoy traveling as often as they can. They’re game for anything from a quick weekend getaway to a day on the greens or the Gulf to more far-flung adventures. The couple’s plans include visits to Europe and Jakarta. When she talks about the highlights of her life, she mentions the birth of her children, finding her true love later in life, and submitting that fateful application that brought her to MNMW. (No, we did not bribe her to say that, we promise!)
Chances are when you communicate with our office tax team, you will encounter Toby at some point. She is a positive, upbeat professional, and we know that your interaction with her will be top-notch!
Past team members featured:
Jeanna Hermance and Moises Moraga, click here.
Renee Kolbeck and Ginny Yates, click here.
Emily Marcus and Cory Mahosky, click here.