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Yasmin Smith brings to Hellam Varon a smart, energetic and fearless approach to her work and life. With a background in finance, Yasmin began her career in banking and left the industry 8 years later as a vice president and client manager to pursue accounting and obtain her CPA license. She views finance and accounting as related, with finance focusing on the big picture and accounting emphasizing the details. Yasmin sees value in a solid comprehension of both when working with clients. She particularly enjoys digging in and understanding the story that drives the financial numbers with each client. A member of Hellam Varon’s Business Support Group, Yasmin works with small businesses solving the sometimes daily problems with their accounting processes.
Yasmin also knows accounting from the client side, as she and her husband sought consulting help from Hellam Varon when their own company was in its initial startup phase. She is intrigued with entrepreneurship and the challenges faced by small business. When it came time to move her career to the next level, Yasmin was a natural fit for the Hellam Varon family! “Everyone is so capable. And I love the team mentality here”, comments Yasmin. “The client always comes first. We experienced that as clients ourselves. I now get to see behind the scenes, and I’m even more impressed.”
A transplant from Oahu, Hawaii, Yasmin met her husband at Santa Clara University where they were undergraduates. Both are involved with buildOn, a charitable organization constructing schools in developing countries. In 2015, Yasmin travelled to Nepal to work on a school and while there tried her hand at parahawking over the mountains. Their next building project will take them to Malawi in Africa. Who knows what other adventures await Yasmin there! Back home, her real passion is Crossfit, a high intensity workout involving weights, but she also finds time for skiing and hiking and is a “retired” competitive hula dancer.
Passion, commitment and drive combined with a ready smile…only a few of the many great qualities that define Yasmin. It was a lucky stroke for Hellam Varon when Yasmin chose us for her accounting home!