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Meet Kimberly Zacharkiewicz, Director of Finance

October 28, 2020
S-NET's Director of Finance, Kimberly Zacharkiewicz

Director of Finance, Kimberly Zacharkiewicz joined the S-NET Team in December, 2019. Kim enjoys streamlining procedures, implementing changes and is motivated by delivering accurate and timely results. In her first few months at S-NET, she has already transformed several of S-NET’s internal processes. In her free time, Kim loves hanging out with her family, traveling with her husband and discovering local breweries wherever they go. Can you guess which TV show she likes to binge-watch after a long day of work?

What motivated you to choose this career path?

I fell in love with this field in high school, when I took an accounting class and loved it. I had a great teacher, but it also just fit my personality. I received my Bachelor’s in Accounting from Roosevelt University in Chicago in 1991. It’s been a lot of years since that first class and I still love what I do.

Where did you work before joining S-NET?

I spent the prior 5 years as Vice President of Finance and Administration for MultiTaction, a Finnish developer of advanced collaboration and visualization solutions. I also served as Vice President of Finance and Administration for 7 years with Capital Building Services Group and for 17 years with Ciorba Group, Inc. The basic responsibilities remained the same throughout my career, but the industries were quite different.

Tell us a little about your work at S-NET.

I currently oversee S-NET’s finances, including our billing, cash-flow, budgeting, accounting, banking, taxes, human resources and insurance. Much of my work here has been project based. I’ve spent a lot of my time finding ways to improve processes and implementing changes. Being able to create better processes and more accurate and timely results is probably what motivates me the most in my work.

What do you enjoy the most about your work?

I enjoy having routines that I can depend on, such as a monthly accounting cycle ending with financial statements. But I also like that there is an aspect of variety in my work, because no two days are ever the same! Everyone at S-NET truly works as a team and is very helpful and respectful of each other, which makes my work more enjoyable.

What have been your biggest challenges?

Being new to Telecom, my biggest challenge at S-NET was learning the industry. There was a lot to take in as far as our products and services, taxation, customers and our systems. Already I feel that I have grown tremendously and I anticipate much more growth to come.

I have also brought on 2 new team members in the short time I have been here. Onboarding and training new team members during a pandemic came with its own unique challenges. But we were able to get them up to speed successfully in a short amount of time.

What have been some projects you are particularly proud of?

Initiating Bill.com as our AP processing tool has been one of my favorite projects so far. It saves us a considerable amount of time and money each month and ensures that our vendor invoices are properly reviewed and paid electronically.

We also just released our Partner Commissions Gateway. This project had been slated to be done long before I joined.  Although it took some time to get this accomplished, we have successfully launched it. It will give our channel partners insights into their customer installations and status of their commissions.

My next big project will be planning and developing our 2021 budget. This will be my first year going through this process for S-NET and I’m excited!

How do you unwind after a long day of work?

Lately, I have been binge watching old seasons of Survivor.

How do you like to spend your time off?

I love to read and travel. My husband and I love finding small local breweries to visit whenever we go.

I also prioritize family and spend as much of my free time as I can with my granddaughter. I enjoy reading to her, whether in person or over Zoom. I am really excited about meeting my second grand-child due to arrive in 2021!

I recently got to enjoy the marriage of my oldest son to my beautiful new daughter-in-law. Although the wedding was delayed and not quite the one originally planned, it turned out to be the perfect small, back-yard event.

 

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