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Meet the Dream Team: Rachael

March 1, 2019 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Rachael wouldn’t provide me with an actual photo that I could use. So, I settled for a disapproving ostrich. Rachael looks nothing like an ostrich, but the look of disapproval is certainly one that I see often enough.

A few weeks ago, I introduced you all to John, the awesome guy who started all of this.

But, as Dream Team would imply, there other cool people around here who also do kind of important things.

Like accounting. (A pretty essential part to Construction Finance, if you stop to think about it.)

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, John and I are…not the best at accounting.

At all.

But Rachael is.

Rachael oversees our bookkeeping end of things, making sure that everybody gets the money they need, when they need it.  She helps make sure that pay apps are correct, so that subcontractors can get their money as quickly as possible, rather than having their pay app returned by the GC, or worse, having the GC approve everything, only to skip payment two months later because of a billing mistake. She prepares monthly and quarterly reports for clients as needed, so everyone can keep track of their books. Some days, I’m also pretty sure that she’s a drill sergeant, since on top of handling the accounting, she still remembers all of the stuff that the rest of us have “forgotten” to do.*

She is, quite frankly, a woman of mystery to me.

Every day, she comes in on time, with clothes that match and hair that’s neatly done.  She goes into her perfectly tidy office and shuts the door, working on useful accounting things that I don’t really know anything about.  She spends all day in there, never having to ask where the stapler is or how to use the printer or the other stupid things that I spent 1/4 of my life trying to figure out.

I think she might be an alien, here to guide the rest of us humanoids into better organization and productivity.

But if so, she’s a good alien.

She usually knows how to fix the printer.  And, she’s really good at accounting.  We’d all be lost without her.

Also, she’s sane.  She may be a drill sergeant, but she knows how to tame the emotional roller coaster that sometimes threatens to consume the sales end of our office.

Plus, she’s a soda fiend.

She’s the reason we have Mountain Dew in the office refrigerator, and for that, I will be eternally grateful.

Artist’s depiction of what things might look like without Rachael’s involvement.

*Seriously, damn you, Rachael.  We all technically know that tax forms need to be sent out, and that the coffee maker needs to be cleaned before it starts growing new life forms.  That doesn’t mean any of us feel like doing those things.  At least I sure as heck don’t.



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Tipper Coker

Tipper Coker

Lawyer. Vice president of business development. Hopeless nerd who's read far too many AIA contracts.


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