Meet Ann Bodvar
Ann joined Sachetta Callahan in 2000 as a staff accountant.
How did you come to work at SC?
After working for an accounting firm in Malden for 15 years, there was no more room for advancement for me, so I decided it was time to make a change. I told a former colleague that I was working with a headhunter, and she asked if she could pass my resume on to Sachetta Callahan. They called me and we came to realize that we had so much in common! It has been 20 years now and coming to work here is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
What’s your favorite thing about working at the firm?
The people here are so nice. They’re all good, honest, hardworking, smart people. I’ve learned so much from them. We’re like one big extended family.
Steve, Joe, and Mike are so considerate. They have such nice families. They’ve been so good to me. Having been with the firm for so long, I’ve known the Sachetta children from when they were little. Steve’s girls used to sit in my office, hang out, ask me questions, eat candy, and sometimes even fall asleep; now they’re grown!
What’s special about your SC clients?
I have great clients. Some of them have been with me for 20 years. They trust me, and appreciate me and what I do for them. I know about their families — and even their pets!
What’s your life like outside the office?
I’m very family-oriented. I spend a lot of time with my fiance. My daughter is engaged, too! I love my daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law and have two wonderful grandchildren. We have a big Fourth of July party every year with a fireworks display at the beach. We take trips to Maine and Florida every year. My granddaughter is going to UMass Boston this year so we’re excited about helping her to get ready.
Do you have a work/life philosophy?
I try to have a balance. It can be difficult because I tend to take care of others before myself. I try to work smarter and not harder, so I can be successful in both.
Share a piece of professional advice most people could benefit from?
I think when something important happens in your life financially, you should contact your accountant first. If you don’t, and we find out later, it can mean a surprise when your taxes come due! I never like to have to tell people we would have known how to help if they had just called!
How did you end up in the field?
When I was in high school I took business courses. I loved bookkeeping because it always has an answer. I thought I would do something with that. After graduating high school I worked as an office manager in an insurance company, then took time off to have my daughter. I then went to secretarial school and when I graduated I took a job as a secretary to the president at a bank in Boston, but I felt that I should go back to school to do what I truly loved. That’s when I went back to school for accounting and while in school I did various jobs at a temp agency and eventually I moved over to public accounting and found I loved doing taxes. I worked fifteen years at a firm in Malden before settling in at Sachetta Callahan.
What would you do if you didn’t do this?
I would probably be a psychologist or a therapist – I kind of do that in my job now! I think you have to be able to get along with clients to help them. I like to build a personal relationship with them so they know they can ask for my help.
If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would you choose?
My mom. She passed away in February this year. I love her and I really miss her. I’d love to talk with her again.