Catherine Bendall WithumSmith+Brown, CPAs, Partner
Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics, Cook College, Rutgers University
Job responsibility: Accountant in the nonprofit and education services group
Company description: Accounting and consulting firm
Primary professional/community affiliations: Anderson House; Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey; American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants
Who are your most influential role models? My grandmother and mother. Both taught me the values of hard work, giving back and the importance of family and friends in your life.
When is it appropriate to text in business? If a client sends me a text, I will respond to it. Normally, I only send text messages to clients when there is an immediate need to contact them, and always in addition to an email and usually a phone call.
What is your go-to stress buster at work? Having a good laugh with one of my colleagues.
What do you wish someone had told you earlier in your career? The first is to nurture business relationships from the start of your career, as many clients will continue to change positions in their careers, and paths can cross many times over the years … The second is to maintain a work-life balance that will sustain
the demands of the business world that exists now.
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