There are bean counters, and then there are bean counters who like to do other things, too.
For the longest time, all Ernst Brothers’ bean-counting—including for their clients’ projects—has been the responsibility of primarily one person, the firm’s controller, Jake Taylor.
Then the company and Jake were fortunate to bring Joe’s son, Corey Ernst, into the fold as staff accountant. When Corey graduated from Temple University this past spring, he decided to spread his wings and fly off to some other opportunity—which left Jake looking for another staff accountant.
By August, Ernst Brothers welcomed Brighid Bauer to the team. A Scranton native who has relocated to Manayunk to be closer to family, at Ernst she is responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, banking and general office duties. And, of course, assisting the firm’s controller in bean-counting activities and freeing him to focus more of his attention on client relations and business development.
Formally, Brighid holds an Accounting Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Masters in Public Administration from Marywood University in Scranton. Her experience includes a position in the International Banking Department for UPS Supply Chain Solutions, staff accountant for Harper Collins Publishing, financial accountant for Hideout Property Owner Association and most recently staff accountant and payroll coordinator for SCE Environmental Group.
“I think Brighid is going to be fantastic,” says Jake. “Her wide range of experience and professionalism make her a valuable asset to the company. She’s already a great fit for our office, and doesn’t hesitate to take on additional responsibilities and shape the job to fit the skills she brings to the position.
“Even though this is her first position with a construction firm, she’s fast becoming familiar with the design-build industry.”
Brighid is equally happy to be at Ernst. “I like the construction industry because you never know what to expect from day to day,” she says. “I like most that it is a small company, without the usual corporate atmosphere with rows and rows of cubes. Here, I feel a greater sense of accomplishment for the work that I perform.
“But the best part is when Ella (office diva and canine companion) comes to the office. Oh, and everyone else is great to work with, too.”
Outside of work, the staff bean-counter likes to box—though she’s still looking for a gym—and play softball. She’s also an “urban explorer” who enjoys walking around abandoned buildings whose beauty lies in their architecture and history. “Probably the most intriguing place I’ve explored is the old Scranton Lace factory” in her hometown.
What a perfect time of year to introduce her to Eastern State Penitentiary!