Hello, my name is Amanda Leivestad, and I am your Accountant and owner of AKcounting for You. I have been working in the Accounting sector for over 20 years, starting my career with a Bachelor's degree in Public Accounting from Colorado State University. I dove feet first into this exciting world of numbers, and have gained a considerable amount of knowledge over the years, in many industries such as; Oil and Gas, Manufacturing, Installation Services, Property Management and Hospitality.
My significant accomplishments are in the Oil and Gas segment, particularly 2009, where I was brought on board a start-up company called American Midstream Partners, LP (AMID). With AMID, I hit the ground running, assisting in building the infrastructure, as the business started their operations, literally hand writing checks, as I built the general ledger. A few short years later we took the company public. Through this process, I was able to gain further experience by assisting in the documenting process of internal controls, SOX procedures, SEC reporting, FERC audits and more. I have worked with every major audit team (PwC, KPMG, Deloitte & Touche, and Ernst & Young), as well as, many levels of management, preparing financials, budgets, Board packages and presentations.
In 2014, I left AMID and embarked on a move of a life time. My family and I decided to settle down in the great State of Alaska. When I first arrived, I worked as a Controller at a windows manufacturing company, but have since continued my career as Director of Finance, at The Lakefront Millennium Hotel.
During this time, I was able to help a friend start up his company by advising and setting-up his QuickBooks and payroll. I am glad to say, I continue to work as his part-time Accountant, and in just three short hours a week, I am able to help him process payables, payroll, maintain his banking, reconciliations, present financials and more. I have found this to be very rewarding, and have decided to take it a step further and open for business. I cannot tell you how great it feels, to help another build and maintain a business they are passionate about, and as an experienced Accountant and Certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor, I cannot wait to help others.
In addition to QuickBooks, I have experience with other Accounting systems such as: Great Plains (MS Dynamics), SAGE 100 (MAS 90), SAP, AS400, and Opera (an Oracle Hospitality revenue system).