Employee Spotlight: Julie Pontell 

“My favorite thing about consulting is the opportunity it gives me to improve the way people do their jobs, including creating workflows that provide the most accurate and timely methods.”

For February’s Employee Spotlight, we sat down with Julie Pontell, consultant and ‘payroll guru’ at Bangert. She has provided superb help to our clients and her glowing reviews speak for themselves. It’s a true pleasure working with Julie. Her positivity, commitment to growth, and determination for client success should not go unrecognized. Thank you for all you do, Julie!

To learn more about Julie Pontell, her background, and why she loves consulting, keep reading below.

From consulting, architecture, to interior design, you have a lot of experience in the industry from different aspects. What eventually brought you to Bangert?

A few years ago, I received dual degrees in Architecture and Interior Design and I had been working in that field as an entirely new career. However, it wasn’t going as I had hoped. I later saw the opportunity to work at Bangert and knew I had enjoyed consulting in the past, and would love doing it again.

You mentioned how you made a career change a few years ago and chose to go back to consulting. What is it about consulting that keeps drawing you back in?

I really enjoy helping people improve their processes and workflows. I find it very rewarding just to make someone’s daily life a little better and easier.

From being a  tutor during college and also a library aide, it seems as if there’s a pattern of you helping others.  Is this a trait that has followed you through life?

It’s the way I interact with people, helping them and helping to find better processes for them. My mind is always in that mode. It’s just something that I’ve always done, or maybe it’s hardwired. I can’t not help someone.

You are our ‘payroll guru’ when it comes to client issues for Sage 300 CRE, which payroll can sometimes be one of the most stressful, time-sensitive issues. How do you approach these matters when the client might be worried or frustrated before your session begins?

Keeping it in perspective. Payroll is always a tense issue because it has to be so timely, and for myself, I always try to keep it in perspective. I’ll ask myself, “What is the process? What are the steps to that process?” I try to focus on the steps, and the needed result, and not the pressure behind it.

Essentially, I follow the idea of just one foot in front of the other, one step at a time.

When you submitted your consultant bio to us, you mentioned how you discovered a love for construction during an architectural drafting class, what was it about construction that attracted you?

I remember the exact moment in accounting school, my instructor started giving out these examples and they were all about construction. When I discovered that there was this crossover for accounting and construction, I was all for it, I knew that was where I wanted to be.

Not only that, but I really enjoy being a part of a larger group of people moving towards the same goal. For example, just being a part of the construction process, which takes so many people and so many things, really excites me. I get pretty bored with myself, so it’s important for me to be a part of a larger group moving towards a common goal.

Architecture and Interior Design intrigue me because the beauty of architecture crosses over with the way people live and work in their spaces, and that draws me towards construction.

On a more personal note, one of your favorite things to do is attend music festivals. What have been some of your favorites that you’ve attended?

Living just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, we go to Summerfest, which is the world’s largest music festival every year (except for 2020). So, that has always been a favorite of mine. But Milwaukee also hosts different ethnic music festivals. For me, my favorite is a toss-up between Irish Fest and German Fest. Everyone really should go to Milwaukee for one of those.

And when you’re not at work or at a music festival, what do you like to do in your spare time? Have you taken up any new hobbies since quarantine?

I love to be outside, it’s how I recharge. So, hiking, camping, and biking are what I love to do when I have time. Kayaking has become my newest thing. I found out in 2020 that I’ve basically been social distancing all along, I just didn’t have a name for it!

My hobby during quarantine was learning two new platforms: Sage Intacct and Acumatica.  My attention turned towards that especially because of COVID-19 and how it has really accelerated the process of people moving to the cloud. So, learning two new cloud-based systems is what I did during quarantine.

Last but not least, what is one of your favorite things about working at Bangert?

My favorite thing about working at Bangert is being a part of this team. We have assembled an incredible team of experts and truly talented people. This team also has the same passion I do, we like to look for a way to help, to make things better, to make processes flow better and more accurately. I really enjoy working here!

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