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    Ashley Mowery takes advice from NAWBO Iowa member to pursue accounting

    Throughout her schooling career, Ashley Mowery knew she was interested in numbers. But it took some guidance and advice from a longtime NAWBO Iowa member to choose her eventual career in accounting. 

    Mowery grew up in Norwalk and attended Simpson College in Indianola — “I haven’t traveled far,” she joked. Mowery now works with the CPA firm McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith in West Des Moines. While attending Simpson, she began to catch an interest in accounting. Her mother was an office manager at a business that was a client of McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith, where NAWBO Iowa member Kathi Koenig worked.

    Koenig, now a partner at the firm, and Mowery sat down for lunch. Mowery asked Koenig about the work and day-to-day tasks.

    “That’s when I decided that accounting was where I wanted to go,” Mowery said. “I had some interest, and she talked to me about what life was like in public accounting. She helped me get interested.”

    Mowery interned with the firm during college and eventually took a full-time position as a staff accountant in 2007. She quickly ascended the accounting ranks, becoming a senior accountant, supervisor, manager and senior manager, where she serves today.

    “[McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith] is a great place to work,” Mowery said. “We’ve won a few different awards for best places to work. We have a busy season, but we have a flexible schedule, so it helps because I have three young children. It’s nice to have the schedule when I have to be away from the office and fulfill other obligations.”

    Koenig also encouraged Mowery to join NAWBO Iowa, and Mowery currently serves on the organization’s board of directors as the director of accounting. Mowery credits NAWBO Iowa with connecting her to other like-minded individuals and helping her professional network grow.

    Mowery played golf in college and still considers the sport one of her hobbies. With three boys, she also likes to spend time outdoors. As a senior manager, she enjoys helping clients with their business needs — and watching the businesses grow in the process.

    “I really enjoy working with our clients and helping them with their businesses,” Mowery said. “We get to help them with their accounting needs, help them grow their business and operate their business how they want to.”