Employee Profile: Dawn Kesterke, Controller
Despite only being a member of the Associates in Building + Design team for a little more than a year, Dawn has already done plenty to solidify herself as a valued member of the company. With a construction accounting background spanning 16 years, Dawn is perfect as this company’s Controller, where she focuses on client service and relations between vendors and subcontractors.
Dawn grew up in western Nebraska, which is also where she grew into a well-trained professional. She spent valuable time learning banking from the American Institute of Banking, continued her education in real estate at the community college level and also took business courses.
Her professional training doesn’t stop at her education; she’s gained valuable experience from working on the job over her 26-year career. Dawn has benefitted from various leadership and community organizations, vast experience in commercial construction and controller for a specialty contractor. During this time, Dawn was the finance contact for projects up to $3 million.
Luckily, all this knowledge is going to good use now that Dawn has joined ABD as a Controller. In this role, Dawn works with all aspects of company finance, including finance A/P, job cost control, subcontractor relations, customer billing and payment processing and all interaction regarding billing and payment for subcontractors and vendors.
Because of her duties as Controller, Dawn is involved with projects the entire time, including before and after. Before the project even begins, Dawn sets up a billing system for it and asks questions regarding the customer interaction. She builds a rapport with the client right away by handling any direct purchase for the client.
During the project, she serves as the point of contact for invoicing and any payment questions, and some of her duties include working on the project’s progress report. After the project wraps, she performs a post-job study and an audit recap and prepares the warranty for the home.
The thing Dawn loves most about her work is being able to see such great progress in a short amount of time. It’s exciting to see a client’s dream being realized through ABD’s incredible process. She notes how efficient, quick and hassle-free projects are.
With strong ties to the area, Dawn truly enjoys living a Colorado lifestyle. She likes to spend time with her friends and family, golf and camp whenever she isn’t serving her clients at ABD.