October Member in the Spotlight: Nicole Papin: Bookminders

Business Development Manager, Bookminders

Description of product or service:

Bookminders is a premier provider of outsourced bookkeeping. We provide timely, accurate and cost effective bookkeeping for a variety of nonprofits and small businesses in South Jersey, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Our unique approach affords work-life balance to our staff of degreed accountants while providing clients access to highly skilled professionals they otherwise couldn’t afford.

How many years have you been with company or in business?

1

What company or organization you respect most and why?

I respect my former employer, PECO.  PECO is extremely dedicated to volunteerism in the Philadelphia community.

Which business leader or innovator do you most want to emulate and why?

Steve Jobs. “There has to be a better way.” Steve Jobs said this so often it became his mantra. Operating from a place of continuous improvement is bad ass.

What is the most important business decision you’ve made to date?

Accepting a position out of college with PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Hello, fast track!  The accelerated level of training in public accounting that this allowed me to receive was paramount.

What is the most important life decision you’ve made to date?

Deciding to pursue a career opportunity with Bookminders that would give me more work/life balance. I pick my son up from school, I go to every baseball game, I eat dinner with him, I could go on and on…

When and why did you join the IBA?

Bookminders joined the IBA last year because we fully support the LGBT community. The LGBT community is talented and diverse, deserving of equal opportunities in all facets of life.

Since joining the IBA, what has been the greatest advantage to you and your business being a member of the Chamber?

Meeting the finest people there are to know in Philadelphia!

What is your proudest moment, honor, or achievement?

My proudest moment was giving birth to my son. My biggest honor was passing the CPA exam, and my largest achievement was running a half marathon.  Yes, I just made that “or” an “and.”

What programs, outreach, or organizations are you involved in that give back to the community?

I love Philadelphia, and am always looking for service and fundraising opportunities in our communities. I have planted trees in parks, prepared meals at Manna, baked treats at the Ronald McDonald house, built homes with Habitat for Humanity, raced for the cure, and it is not enough. I want to do more.

What is a little known fact about you?

I am certified hot yoga instructor.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Chardonnay and messy buns

To date, what has been your most favorite vacation spot?

Anywhere with sunshine.

What is the last book you read?

“The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod and “The Five Second Rule” by Mel Robbins. I think I read both at the same time.