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Career Spotlight: Abbie Niehoff

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Career Spotlight: Abbie Niehoff

Abbie balanced her work as a financial planning and litigation support paralegal at CBM while she continued her studies at the George Washington University, where she obtained her master’s degree in December 2018. She plans to pursue her CFP certification and CDFA certification in the next two years while continuing to work full time at CBM. 

What do you enjoy most about working at CBM?

I like working at CBM because they support and encourage personal career growth. They provide the flexibility you need to manage continuing your education while working full time, not to mention the people are all great, and the activities throughout the year are a ton of fun.

What led you to CBM?

I worked at May and Barnhard for five months before the merger. I graduated from Towson University and worked as a legal assistant for the last two years of college. I knew I wanted to go into the legal field but didn’t know which area of law until I found May and Barnhard. Divorce financial planning and litigation support have proven to be extremely interesting.

Do you have any tips or advice for people trying to make it into the accounting field?

Communication. Also always remember your big picture goals. Of course I would like to have my weekends back and have more freedom, but you can do anything for a short amount of time. So just stay focused and work hard for what you want.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to run, read historical fiction (particularly World War II), travel, and play with my Corgi, Lou.

What would your co-workers be surprised to learn about you?

I was supposed to play D1 soccer in college, but I broke my back when I was 16 and couldn’t play anymore.

If you could retire now, and money wasn’t a concern, what would you do with your free time?

I would buy a house with a ton of land and rescue a bunch of dogs. I would also travel the world with my Corgi, Lou. 

What is your favorite quote or motto?

“Just keeping swimming.”

What is something on your bucket list?

Skydiving.