St. Paul, MN
You’re more likely to see Shelly Hauge in a pair of ski goggles, schussing down a mountain at her one of her two vacation homes in Colorado or Norway than you would be to find her trapped behind a desk.
Blasting across a snow-covered slope sounds just right to Shelly, who sold her CPA firm after 18 years of ownership and now does financial and management consulting along with managing real estate.
“Don’t be afraid to take a risk,” she says. “Every decision you make can open up more options to you.”
“As a CPA you will have a world of choices and be able to make a lot of money. You will be as challenged in your career as you are capable of,” she says, obviously enjoying the many opportunities that being a CPA has brought her.
“I do many different things every day,” Shelly explains. “Between two offices I am juggling projects for two main clients, leasing property, negotiating contracts and insurance and banking relationships, volunteering for area organizations… and on and on and on.”
It’s clear that this snow-loving CPA would never stand for being crammed in a cubicle. She considers her accounting expertise to be a lift ticket to endless options, and she’s happily taking in the view at the peak of her career. Her report from the top?
“Life is never dull.”
“Every decision you make can open up more options to you.”
Years as a CPA: 30
Best job: All of them were great, too hard to pick just one
Worst job: They were all great jobs
Hobbies outside of work: Travelling, skiing, reading
Words to live by: "In everything that happens, there is always something good to be found somewhere. Stay positive!"