2352 Main Street, Suite 200
Concord, MA 01742
745 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02111
Heather LaDue grew up on the new Jersey Shore and graduated from Plymouth State University. She has been a dynamic, outcome-based account management consultant with over 15 years of demonstrated success assisting clients to achieve their goals. Quick to garner trust, clients rely on her ability to provide strategic, substantial and pragmatic solutions. She has had a successful career establishing herself as the #1 Salesperson in her region and earning multiple President Club achievements.
Heather lives in Southern NH with her husband, teenage daughter, and son. She’s an avid skier and traveler with a true passion for adventure. In her spare time, you’ll find her outdoors.
Bob BuWalda has 40 years of experience leading high-performance sales teams. He is an expert in building and executing vertical market segmentation strategies which include financial services, healthcare, public sector, and higher education. He has developed and executed GTM strategies that have led to 40% year over year growth in high technology environments and excels at managing complex, multi-pillar engagements, including multiple eight figure transactions. He is a relentless recruiter of sales talent and is passionate about advancing the careers of sales people to management.
Bob has extensive experience leading teams in virtually all of the high technology sales disciplines including computer systems, networking components, technology software, application software and both business and management consulting services. He has led sales teams in the direct, indirect and channel sales models. A dedication to customer success is at the center of his enablement plans that deliver exceptional results for his clients.
Sarah Beguelin comes from the Colonial Inn where she has worked doing accounts receivables. Budgets, month end closings and balancing out to the penny have been her norm. She lives by the work ethic that if you put in the hard work up front to build a strong foundation, efficiency and working smarter are the net result. In her free time, Sarah enjoys family, gardening, sewing and any sort of craft.
For nearly 25 years, Ken Paskins has led teams, driven new processes, systems and GTM strategies and directed large complex deals that led to multi-million dollar revenue/profit growth in both startup and Fortune 500 environments such as Oracle and Verint. He has been CEO & President, COO, Executive Sales Leader, and Integrator. Ken has led teams in capturing top enterprise accounts which have accounted for hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. He has three beautiful active daughters and a wife of over 25 years.
Maureen spent most of her career working for Fortune 500 companies as an Executive Assistant. Throughout her career she has gained exposure in many different areas of support; Administrative, Financial, HR, Training and Marketing related roles. She also supported her husband at building a very successful & profitable Home Inspection business for the past 25 years, assisting with the bookkeeping, marketing and scheduling.
Her work motto has always been, exemplary support is key with both internal and external colleagues. She is proud to be a member of the SmartBooks team of professionals, sharing a strong quality customer support work ethic.
Maureen has lived in MA all her life, growing up in Marlborough, she’s had homes in Medway, Hopedale, Falmouth and now resides at Walden Woods in Milford.
She shares her life with her husband Ron of 27 years and their 6 year old Havanese pup, Peanut. When not working you will find her in the kitchen cooking for family or friends or travelling to someplace warm with her husband.
Timothy Wear comes to us from Beverly, on Massachusetts North Shore. He is a passionate leader with a background in Entrepreneurship and Finance. He lived the life of the small business owner for 7 years, before transitioning into banking where he could apply what he had learned to assist other businesses in the community.
Julie Converse was born and raised in Manchester, NH. She moved to her country log home in Allenstown, NH on 25 acres (near Bear Brook State Park) 16 years ago with her husband Chuck and son Keith. Recently her husband built their new home on Newfound Lake in Bristol, NH and the family (including their chocolate lab Cocoa) are calling Newfound Lake their permanent home.
Julie likes to spend time with family and friends. She likes to take walks on the beach, paddle board, go for a boat ride, ice fish, snow shoe and just spend time in the outdoors. She also likes to knit or crochet the occasional blanket for family or friends.
Julie has always been a “numbers” person taking 4 years of Accounting in high school and going on to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Southern NH University. She has worked for a non-profit Credit Union, a business forms manufacturer/distributor and for a non-profit public entity risk pool. Julie knows how to assist clients with all their financial needs. She has a passion for and enjoys helping companies meet their goals.
Jana Cooper grew up and resides in North Texas. She obtained her BBA in Accounting from the University of North Texas and has over four years of accounting experience. She has spent her time in private accounting with multiple industries. She enjoys solving problems and working with clients. In her free time, you can find her working out, competing in obstacle courses/mud runs, biking and spending time with her fiancé and two dogs.
Hillary Blanc is originally from Walla Walla, WA but currently resides at Ft. Benning, GA. Hillary has a passion for helping entrepreneurs see their dreams come to fruition. She believes that accounting is a vital component to the success of a small business and has helped start-ups ranging from real estate offices to construction companies. In her spare time, you will find Hillary hiking, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.
Jeff Berman knows what business owners need to do in order to get to the things they want to do. Through years of experience in operations and management with everything from multi-billion dollar conglomerates to scrappy startups, Jeff has developed and mastered the tools of accounting, operations, human resources, information systems and business development.
Jeff honed his skills in the entertainment industry, working with top agents and executives at The William Morris Agency, NBC Universal and Sony Pictures Television. In 2005, he relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada to serve as the General Manager of Athletes’ Performance, an elite performance training facility for professional athletes, where he served as General Manager and Director of Business Development for the professional basketball division.
Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Berman is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and earned his Master of Business Administration Degree from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University.
Kara VanAvery is a seasoned accountant, having many years of experience with the full spectrum of a business accounting office. The majority of her career has been in automotive dealership accounting, however, she also has experience in small franchise, non-profit, and manufacturing accounting. Kara has a BBA in Business Management and an MBA in Accounting, both from Davenport University. Outside of work, Kara loves to travel and she and her husband, Scott, are on a mission to attend a baseball game at every MLB stadium in the country. She also enjoys hanging out with her three amazing children, Haley, Noah, and Ryan.
Lisa Self graduated from Shorter University with her Bachelors in Accounting and her Master of Accountancy degrees. She has over 10 years of accounting experience with a mix of public accounting, auditing and corporate accounting. Lisa plans to sit for the CPA exam in the future. She was born and raised in Rome, GA and still calls Rome her home today with her husband and daughter, Peyton. Lisa is actively involved in Peyton’s school, serving on the school PTO. In her spare time, she loves watching college football, completing half marathons and scrapbooking. Her family is also Disney Fanatics and love getting away to visit as much as possible
Stephanie is a licensed CPA with experience in both public and private accounting. She spent five years at a large regional public accounting firm before transitioning into retail accounting roles, most recently as the Accounting Manager at a major footwear retailer. Stephanie is a proud University of New Hampshire alumni, where she graduated with her BS in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting and International Business and Economics. You’ll most likely find her in the mountains in her free time, whether it be tearing up the ski slopes or hiking NH’s 4000 foot peaks. She’s always seeking an adventure with her husband, Patrick, and their daughter, Hadley.
Peter J. Padovano joins SmartBooks as the Vice President of Sales. Peter is a native New Yorker where he received his Juris Doctorate at CUNY Queens College School of Law. He currently resides in the Metro west area of Massachusetts with his wife, son Ari and pet pug Enzo. He has a passion for sports and cars.
Peter had a total of 15 years experience working in the Small Business Market within the industry of outsourced HR and Benefits. He comes from TriNet where he spent 8.5 years as both a Sales Consultant and Director of Sales and was Director of the Year in 2014.
Peter’s role is to focus on the growth of sales and revenues of our company in having the ability to identify clients within specific verticals, develop sales consultants and negotiate deals because of his legal background.
David Soltis grew up in Columbus, OH. He did his undergraduate accounting at Franklin University and earned his graduate degree in accounting from Southern New Hampshire University. David is an avid football fan and dog lover. David also likes playing chess on the weekends.
Andrew O’Connell joins SmartBooks from various Fortune 500 organizations. From sales to project management Andrew has enjoyed helping businesses become more profitable from technology and outsourcing. He recently moved to Holliston, MA with his wife and 3 children. When he is not helping businesses he enjoys chasing his 3 children around and watching movies and New England sports on the big screen.
Heather Brown graduated from Bentley University with a Master’s degree in Accounting. She also holds an MBA from Suffolk University. Prior to working at SmartBooks, she worked with small businesses and start-up companies seeking accounting assistance. She grew up in Massachusetts, spent summers in Rhode Island, and currently lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and pets. She enjoys International travel, spending time with her family and friends, and relaxing near the ocean. Some of her hobbies include arts & crafts and watching British TV shows.
Chelsea Parent is originally from a small town in Connecticut, but looking forward to residing in New Hampshire in the near future. She obtained her BSBA in Accounting from DeVry University and has worked over four years doing finance and accounting for clinical research sites. Chelsea enjoys helping and watching small to mid-size businesses grow and prosper. In her free time, she enjoys running, biking, hiking, traveling and spending time with her husband and their beloved dog, Charlee.
Vicki Gauthier grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Accounting. She obtained her CPA while living in Texas, and eventually migrated to Cape Cod in Massachusetts, where she resides with her husband and two daughters who are both currently in college. She is an avid Oklahoma Sooners football fan, and enjoys watching all sports, rooting not only for the Sooners but for all New England/Massachusetts teams. She also loves traveling with her family, with Hawaii being a favorite destination.