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August Team Spotlight: Meet Katie Kimble, Accounting Manager


Katie Kimble was born and raised in San Diego. Growing up as a beach baby, she was always drawn to the water and the ocean breeze. She attended college at the University of La Verne as a political science major. Katie says, “I wanted to be a lawyer before I realized that numbers are nicer than people.”


For three years, Katie has worked with Jennifer Barnes as an Accounting Manager. She loves the concept of the consulting environment due to its variety and flexibility. She also appreciates the generosity of the Optima management team, such as giving the team Optima swag at the quarterly meetings.


Katie shared, “I was working at the Pomona Courthouse under a grant that ended up being furloughed. I decided to go home to San Diego. I stayed with my mom, but had to find a job as soon as possible. I became a receptionist for a local business, just until I could figure things out. Within three weeks I moved to the accounting department. I fell in love with accounting, and here I am 10 years later.” 


Kaite’s interests include reading, traveling, and true crime shows. She is fond of mysteries; her ideal night involves curling up with a blanket and watching forensic files, with chips, salsa, and a Pepsi product. One day she plans to travel to Bora Bora, and/or solve a mystery. 


When asked, what makes you feel accomplished? Katie responds she takes a lot of personal pride in her work. This is more fulfilling to her than anything, with the exception of clients emailing Jennifer to tell her how great Katie has been. 


Her life motto in a nutshell: “Self-respect is the greatest weapon.”


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