Meet Our Members
Julia Stenberg, CPA
Current Job / Company/ Location: Senior Audit Associate / Widmer Roel / Fargo, ND
Hometown: Greenbush, MN
Alma Mater/Degree: Minnesota State University - Moorhead / BS-Accounting, MS-Accounting and Finance.
Any current Professional and Community Activities?
I am currently involved in the following:
NDCPA Society Young Professionals Committee
FMCPA Society Treasurer
FMWF Chamber Young Professionals Network (and within that the Corporate Cup Committee)
United Way Employee Campaign Coordinator
What or who inspired you to become a CPA? I had originally gone to school as a management and marketing major but hearing from guest speakers throughout my first-year experience course quickly changed my mind. We had the opportunity to hear from several different business professionals, who all had different career paths but seemed to have one thing in common - an accounting degree. Accountants really can do it all! I switched my major that first semester and my professors strongly encouraged me to pursue my CPA designation.
What is your favorite thing about your job? I love having the opportunity to meet and work with clients from a variety of industries.
Tell us about a mentor that influenced you: My high school English teacher/volleyball coach used to always say: “baptized by fire, which I find very fitting for the ever-changing public accounting industry!
What do you like to do in your free time: I’m an avid reader and enjoy traveling - I’ve had much more time for both since passing the exam this past year!
Favorite Vacation or Dream Vacation: I would love to spend time traveling around Europe and plan on making it over there soon.
Favorite Food: Spaghetti - I could eat it for every meal of the day.
Jerad Suess, CPA
Current Job / Company/ Location: Principal at Lee Suess LLC in Williston, ND.
Hometown: Williston, ND
Alma Mater/Degree: University of North Dakota, Bachelor of Accountancy
Professional and Community Activities
Vice Chair of the First Lutheran Trust Fund
Treasurer of Western Region Economic Development
Board Member on MedQuest Home Medical
Who inspired you to become a CPA? My parents. My Dad is now a retired CPA and I’ve always wanted to be like him. My mom knew what it took to get here and encouraged me along the way!
What is your favorite thing about your job? Easy….my coworkers. I have the best!
What was your first job? Besides mowing lawns, it was the Schwan guy! Ok. Not the guy driving the trucks…the guy loading the trucks at 2:00 a.m.!
Tell us about your family: My wife, Alyssa, and I have three children. Eli (6), Scotlynn (4) and Jack (4 months). While I tell everyone I don’t have a favorite child, my daughter is by far my biggest cheerleader in life. I hope everyone has a Scottie or is a Scottie in someone else’s life!
Tell us about a mentor or a book or a quote that influenced you: The most recent book I read was “Leaders Eat Last” by Simon Sinek at the recommendation of a coworker. Pretty self-explanatory title, but it encourages you look at situations with a different light.
What do you like to do in your free time: Golf when there isn’t snow on the ground and in the winter you will find me coaching my son’s hockey or refereeing high school hockey games.
Favorite Vacation or Dream Vacation: The Masters. Augusta, Georgia.(dream vacation).
Favorite Food: Mexican
Something most people don’t know about me: I depreciate land. Well, not really, but I am a third generation CPA!