Cheryl Ng is an Associate in our Family Office Services group. She is always up for a new challenge, both at work and outside of the office, and her positive attitude is infectious. We sat down with Cheryl to learn more about her role at Fuller Landau and what she gets up to, after-hours.
Q: How did you find your way to Fuller Landau?
After graduating from university, I worked in Tax for a major energy company in Calgary. I realized that it wasn’t where I wanted to build my career, so after three years I “retired” and set off for six months of travel across Europe and Asia. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I met new people, experienced different cultures, learned two new languages, and explored some incredible places. Eventually, I knew that my money would run out and I needed to find a job. A friend of mine referred me to Fuller Landau and I interviewed by phone, from Taiwan. Things happened to work out, and it’s become so much more than just a job.
Q: You joined Fuller Landau in 2015 – how have you grown, professionally, since you first started here?
Fuller Landau has offered me such a wide range of experience, which has indubitably helped me grow. I started in the Tax group on contract, transitioned to a full-time position with the Audit & Assurance team, and have now worked in the Family Office group for just over a year. My experiences in audit and tax exposed me to working with companies in many different industries and emphasized the importance of proper documentation and attention to detail. There is no room for error when you’re working with someone’s hard-earned money!
Q: Can you tell us a bit about Fuller Landau’s Family Office?
Our Family Office serves as a financial quarterback for high net worth families and individuals. We help our clients understand their financial options and provide objective advice and solutions on how to grow, manage, and preserve their wealth. This involves investment advisory, tax planning and compliance, estates and trusts, insurance, and so forth.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I consider myself very lucky to work on the Family Office team. Each day is different and brings new challenges and experiences. Most importantly, I love our clients. We build deep and meaningful relationships with our clients and become very involved in their lives, by nature of the work we do with them. Managing personal finances can often be a big source of stress. It’s very rewarding to know that we can take that stress off our clients’ shoulders and give them comfort and peace of mind that everything is under control.
Q: Can you tell us about your involvement in some of the special committees, at Fuller Landau?
I’m a member of the Fun Committee which organizes social events for the firm like our Fall Fun Fair, Summer Fun Day, Holiday Party, and other events and activities in between. Having fun together is a big part of what makes our firm culture so great and these events contribute to the overall happiness of our team.
I’m also a part of a think tank at Fuller Landau which focuses on how the accounting and professional services industry is evolving so we can anticipate, prepare for, or even lead the change. We want Fuller Landau to always be forward-thinking and transformative. What people want today is different from what they wanted 20 years ago. The same will hold true when we look back 20 years from now.
Q: What keeps you busy outside of the office?
I have a “try everything once” mentality. I’ve taken cooking lessons, aerial trampoline classes, and an improv course. I’ve played dodgeball, kickball, beach volleyball, softball, and soccer. I dabbled in the guitar and I played piano for several years. I love hiking and travelling and I’m also a participant in Fuller Landau’s team for the Ride to Conquer Cancer. From a professional standpoint, I’m preparing to write the Common Final Examination (CFE) this September so I can attain my CPA designation, and I’ll be working towards my Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) designations afterwards.
Q: It seems like you are always up for a challenge. What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
I’m a tree-hugger at heart, and one of my most rewarding summers was spent leading backcountry canoe and camping trips through Algonquin Park. Learning to portage an 80-pound aluminum canoe between lakes was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, but few experiences compare to rounding a riverbend and finding a moose in your path, or being far enough from city lights that the night sky is covered with stars.
Q: Tell us something most people wouldn’t know about you.
You could say I was always destined to become an accountant. When I was a child, I created my own currency called “CherBear Dollars” and I paid my three sisters to do chores for me. I remember getting in trouble once when my mom found out that I paid my sister 13 CherBear cents to clean my room. I thought it was a fair trade. My mom didn’t agree.
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, Cheryl – we look forward to cheering you on, through whatever adventures await you next!
Interested in joining the Fuller Family? Learn more about how Experienced Professionals and Students/Recent Graduates can benefit from a career at Fuller Landau. Be sure to check out our Current Openings, and submit your application. We’re always looking for exceptional talent to join the team!