As chief operating officer and partner with PBMares, Mary Aldrich has a full day. The company is in the top 100 certified public accountant consulting firms in the United States. “And this year has been a challenging one,” Aldrich says.
Growing up in California, Aldrich began her career in national and international marketing in the agricultural industry. She earned a degree in international policies in Washington D.C. “However, there were no jobs there,” she says.
Following a friend to Newport News, she joined PBMares, where she has been for 18 years, with 12 years in her current role. “I transferred my skills into developing and growing the accounting firm,” she says. “Our job is to make it possible for accountants to do their tasks. We provide resources to make their jobs easier and ‘keep the shop running,’” she adds. Other than the expected tax services and auditing, PBMares is involved with cyber security, forensic accounting, risk consulting and wealth management. Aldrich has earned a number of certifications, which attest to her skills in executive level human resources and accounting firm management.
Aldrich is a self-described “avid gardener.” “I like flowers and ornamental plants,” she says. “I love the outdoors and digging in the dirt.” For exercise she enjoys walking the Noland Trail. “I also find Pilates therapeutic,” she adds.
According to Aldrich, there’s not much time for travel now. “I try to visit my relatives in California twice a year,” she says. “When I was younger, I traveled a lot with my family. We went to Europe, Africa, Asia and Guam. During the summer, we drove around the United States and stopped at various points of interest.” Some of her favorite places in California are Big Sur, Yosemite and Lake Tahoe.
“Since I am not traveling as much, it’s a treat to live near the Virginia Historic Triangle,” Aldrich says. “There is much to see in Virginia. In the future, I hope to visit more national parks.”
Aldrich tries to find time for some volunteer work. This is a wonderful community,” she says. She enjoys attending community festivals. She also serves on several local boards, including Christopher Newport University‘s Luter School of Business and the Newport News Economic Development Authority. “Life goes by quickly,” she says with a smile, as she maintains her hectic pace.
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Mary Aldrich, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, AAAPM, chief operating officer/partner, PBMares
Address: 701 Town Center Dr., Ste. 900, Newport News, VA 23606