Employee Spotlight: Janine Brester

This month’s Employee Spotlight features the Staff Accountant from our Billings office, Janine Brester! During the interview she gives her first impressions about Vision Net and tells how it works being in a different office than her manager.

What is your position here at Vision Net and what do you do?

I am a Staff Accountant and I help Becky, the Account Manager, close the financial records on a monthly basis and prepare the monthly financial statements for the CEO and Board of Directors.  Also, complete various other accounting duties, such as reconciliations, variance reports and budgets.

How long have you worked at Vision Net?

I started at the end of January (2019).

What made you choose Vision Net?

Vision Net provided me an opportunity to continue to grow on my past 15 years of public accounting experience, in the private industry within a company.  Also, Vision Net’s culture, values and ethics was a good fit for me.

What’s your favorite Vision Net perk?

The people.

What are the challenges of being in our Billings office and working on a daily basis with your manager who is located in Great Falls?

It works very well.  We use Vision Connect for most of our training, which works well being able to share our screens with each other, while having discussions over the phone.

What are 3 words to describe Vision Net?

Network, Fiber Optics and Communications.

What advice do you have for prospective Vision Net candidates?

It’s a great company to work for, with great benefits and good people.

What’s the first thing you do when you get to work each morning?

Check my email account and respond to any emails.

What do you like most about your job?

The accounting aspect of preparing the financial statements and analyzing the fluctuations from month to month.

What do you find the most challenging about your job?

The accounting rules and regulations and how to properly implement any changes, along with properly completing any reports and filing them on time. 

What people would never guess you do in your role?

Backup for Payroll.

Are there any projects you’ve worked on that you’re proud of?

I’m fairly new here, we are almost done with the budget so it can be presented to the Board for approval.  I know there will be additional projects in the future.

What’s something that you’ve learned at Vision Net?

I would say learning and understating the internal accounting system in the short amount of time that I’ve been here.  Also, learning all the various acronyms within each department.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

Travel, golf, concerts and watch my son play hockey and baseball.

What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?

Cell phones and all of its capabilities.

Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog?

Billings Gazette, Accounting Journal and for fun People magazine.

What was the last movie you saw in theaters?

Avengers Endgame.

Do you have any talents or hobbies?

Playing golf.

Janine playing golf during the 17th Vision Net Golf Tournament, June 2019.

How do you define success?

Success is defined by establishing goals and achieving them. In order to do that, you have to develop a good foundation with your coworkers and team, and work together to meet those goals.

Thanks Janine, we are happy to have you as part of the Vision Net team!

Interested in working at Vision Net? Find all of our open jobs on our website: https://www.vision.net/careers.html