CPA profile: Catherine Saadat

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Thompson, Greenspon & Co., Fairfax

Title: Senior accountant
Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting, University of Mary Washington
Birthplace: Manchester, N.H.
Husband: Cameron       Pets: “A very spoiled Boston Terrier named Peanut”
Hobbies: Master’s swimming, sailing, reading and spending hours in used bookstores
Favorite vacation spot: Bar Harbor, Maine
Favorite meal: “My dad’s homemade pasta and chicken parm”
Fan of: Boston Red Sox
Recently read: “Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found,” by Suketu Mehta
First accounting job:  Intern at The Leonard Resource Group Inc. in Alexandria
Career mentor: Sirena Johnson, associate principal at Thompson, Greenspon & Co.

How did you decide to become a CPA? “The decision was based on the fact that the CPA designation would provide a solid foundation for many possible future business careers.  I started in public accounting right out of college and am very fortunate that I really enjoy it.” 

What advice do you have for anyone considering a career in accounting? “Don’t be swayed by the public’s perception of accountants. The career of a CPA in public accounting is never dull. You will work with many different clients in various industries, be faced with constant challenges and learn new things every day.”

What is your accounting specialty and how did you become involved in that field?
“I specialize in the audits of construction and government contractors. From the very beginning I worked on government contracting engagements and then my involvement with construction contractors fell in naturally due to the similarities in the accounting policies of the two industries.”

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