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2022 40 Under 40: Rachel Elsberry

BKD LLP

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Rachel Elsberry has a knack for keeping it local. Couple that with her No. 1 passion – people – and she’s has been a force for good throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elsberry, 38, is on the forefront of informing BKD LLP clients of numerous financial opportunities in federal relief funds. For one local nursing home owner, that meant $5.5 million for it to stay open.

But it’s not just money she’s keeping local. Promoted to managing director in June 2021, Elsberry implemented “stay interviews” to help retain talent.

“Being in public accounting is not easy,” she says. “However, I am committed to listening to people’s ideas and suggestions and acting on those.”

First job? A bookkeeper in my parents’ business (SCS Home Entertainment) when I was 14 years old.

What about your job would shock people? As a tax accountant, people are shocked by how busy I am year-round.

Professional aha moment? Realizing that I can work with a team of people. I don’t have to be all things to all people, I just have to know who has the answers that I don’t.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Do the things you are best at and let others do the things they are best at.

Favorite hobby or creative outlet? Painting and crafting.

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