There’s no such thing as an accounting emergency.
Who is/was the biggest influence in your business life and how did s/he shape who you’ve become?
I have to name two – Tom Barry and Donella Wilson. Tom mentored me through my earlier years, helped me succeed in the hardest transition from senior associate to manager, and convinced me to stay in public accounting after having my first child. Donella more recently challenged me out of my comfort zone, helped me find my passion and career path, and emerge as a leader.
Describe the best thing about GHJ and why it matters to you.
GHJ truly lives up to its core values. Decisions are made, actions are taken based on such. Its people-centric culture is truly wonderful.
What makes you get up in the morning, and how does it impact your work style?
My kids. Literally and figuratively. I wanted to show them that work is much more than paying bills. I don’t take it for granted that my work is stimulating and meaningful.
What is your proudest professional moment, and why?
I am just very proud of what I have done so far overall – migrating from a non-English speaking country as a young adult, acing the CPA exams, and growing professionally within GHJ while raising two children.
What is your favorite quote that best describes your professional philosophy?
“There’s no such thing as an accounting emergency.” I often get complimented on my calm demeanor. It doesn’t mean I don’t care enough. Contrarily, I stay poised and professional in stressful situations, so that my team and my clients don’t feel like the sky is falling.
Stephanie Yan, CPA, has more than 20 years of public accounting experience providing audit, accounting and general business consulting services. Before coming to GHJ in 2004, Stephanie spent three years working in corporate accounting for both privately held and public companies.
Her industry experience includes closely held entities operating in a wide variety of industries including private foundations, museums, import and distribution and real estate. Stephanie also has expertise with employee benefit plan audits.
Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in International Business, from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. She also attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension for Accounting Certificate Program. Stephanie is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Stephanie resides in San Marino with her husband and two daughters. Her personal interests include traveling and tennis.
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Spending time with my husband and two daughters.