Feature photo: Kim and her husband Brian, daughter Elena and son Michael
When you hear of someone having a career in the construction industry, you probably picture a man in the role of laborer, project manager, or contractor. No one ever thinks of a female, nor do they think of finance. Well think again! Flow Tech’s Kim Welch is a woman accountant and a wonderful asset to both Flow Tech and the construction industry! If being our accountant wasn’t impressive enough, Kim handles way more than accounts payable/receivable. Since her start with Flow Tech, Kim has always worn many hats including customer service, payroll, IT, office management, new hire training and reception to name a few.
Kim’s birthday was June 19th and to honor her we decided to make her our June Employee Feature of the month. Sit back, relax and enjoying getting to know a little bit more behind the woman who helps Flow Tech remain the well oiled machine that it is today…
1. What made you decide to pursue an accounting position?
My dad owned his own businesses while I was growing up. I always wanted to help him at work.
2. How many years have you been in accounting?
Since 1985, so it’s been 30 years – I should celebrate that fact this year!
3. What University did you attend?
Bentley University, Waltham, MA
4. What made you decide to go into the construction/HVAC industry?
My neighbor referred me to Flow Tech. The position and industry looked interesting so I gave it a try.
5. How many years have you been in the construction/HVAC industry?
16 years, since 1999.
6. What do you like best about working in this industry?
Days always stay busy at work, there are a lot of moving parts and always another hat to wear.
7. What other industries have you worked in?
Public Accounting Tax & Audit Division at Arthur Anderson, Natural Gas Utility at CNG, R&D for robotics and coal burning teams at ABB, and manufacturing private label medical supplies at American White Cross.
8. What made you decide to join the Flow Tech team?
My neighbor referred me to Flow Tech. At the time the company was very small and had changed ownership the year prior. It seemed like a great opportunity to get involved with a company during this transition period. It also allowed me to try out a new industry. I am very glad that I took that chance.
9. Did you have a mentor that helped you or made an impact on your developing career?
My dad. He helped me pay for college at a prestigious business school. He is always proud of me and told/tells me so. That gave me confidence to reach above my potential in the college I chose, as well as, the career opportunities I chose.
10. If you could give advice to people looking to pursue a career in service/HVAC/construction what would it be?
Get educated. Stay smart. Be courteous and kind. Be helpful. Work hard. Think about how the job that you do affects others.
11. What are your hobbies?
I am a parent volunteer for Bolton High School, Bolton, CT. I love outdoor activities such as sailing, camping, hiking, biking and walking. I also knit and crochet.
12. If you could be a super hero who would you be and why?
I can’t think of one right now. I’d make up my own and be The Traveler.
13. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
Too many to list. When I retire I want to travel, that’s all I want to do then!
14. If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
Fruit. Its sweet, thirst quenching and good for you! Pineapple is my favorite.
15. Any additional comments or unique things you’d like us to know?
I have bicycled across the United States. That trip took nine weeks from Seattle to NYC. I am from Maine and all my family is still there. We don’t have cable TV at home.
Kim actually just completed the Trek Across Maine, a 180 mile bicycling event, to benefit the American Lung Association. She loves to keep active. If you want to get into shape you should join our lunch time walking club. Kim is known to set a very aggressive pace.
Dubbed as Flow Tech’s Office Mom, Kim keeps us all in line. We don’t know what we’d do with out her knowledge and support. She has spear-headed many of Flow Tech’s recent technology advancement projects, such as going paperless and our new phone system implementation. Kim is always there to answer our questions and lend a helping hand. We are so honored she has been with us for the last 16 years and hope she’s with us for the next 16 years, although, The Traveler may have something to say about that.
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Nichole joined Flow Tech in 2013 as Director of Marketing. She leads our marketing communication initiatives including content marketing development, coordinating events and training, maintaining our digital presence and recruiting, as well as, some business development and office support. Nichole resides in Vernon with her husband Brian and two sons. She enjoys hosting parties, cooking and lounging on the beach.