Women in Construction Week – Meet Shelly Bilouzenko

Meet shelly bilouzenko

Acres is celebrating ๐–๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐–๐ž๐ž๐ค by highlighting the contributions of the wonderful women that make up our team!

Get to know Shelly Bilouzenko, Acres Enterprisesโ€™ Controller, whoโ€™s story is proof that amazing things can happen when you go after your goals. ย 

๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐ข๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง?

I got into construction because of Acres.ย 

I was born and raised in the Lower Mainland and had grown tired of the hustle and bustle. I was looking for a position that would be challenging but also provide a better work-life balance. Iโ€™ve worked in a variety of industries, such as manufacturing, research, and development, and in the public sector. When I came upon the Acres posting for an Assistant Controller in the construction industry, I was intrigued. I researched the company and Kamloops area and was eager to get involved. After meeting with Mike and Jason and learning of the companyโ€™s plans and proven successes, I was sold. I packed up and moved to a new city, new house, and new job. My family moved up 6-months later once school was finished. I didnโ€™t know anyone in Kamloops, but the Acres family instantly made me feel welcomed.

I was promoted to Controller in 2020. Iโ€™ve just celebrated two years with Acres and thereโ€™s never a dull moment. There are learning opportunities every day and I couldnโ€™t ask for a better team to work with.

๐ƒ๐ž๐ฌ๐œ๐ซ๐ข๐›๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ซ.

As the Controller, I manage the day-to-day and monthly accounting and payroll functions and systems in a multi-company structure. I prepare financial statements and a variety of reports. I ensure accounting procedures conform to generally accepted accounting principles and policies and procedures are followed. Outside of the accounting and finance duties, part of my job is looking for efficiencies (work smarter not harder) through further utilization of our existing systems or adding new ones.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ?

You can do anything you want and donโ€™t be afraid. Times are changing and more and more women are entering the construction industry whether in the trades or in the office and management roles.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ?

Iโ€™m particularly proud of my CPA, CMA designation. I worked full-time and went to school part-time. It took longer but I persevered especially being able to enroll in the fast-track program, which condensed the courses and allowed me to write the entrance exam sooner. I planned my wedding as I was studying for my entrance exam and gave birth to my daughter during the first year of the strategic leadership program. She was nine days old at my last session of the first year! She came to every session of my second year. It was tough to manage but I had my husbandโ€™s support and when you have a goal, and you really want it, you can do anything.

 

 

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