This fall, we’re celebrating 25 years with Winnie Louie, MWA’s Accounting Manager. Winnie is one of the most consistent and reliable people at our firm. She provides our team with everything we need for successful business and always has a positive attitude. Thank you, Winnie, for dedicating your career to the betterment of our firm.

To celebrate this accomplishment, Winnie is sharing her perspective of the last 25 years.

Winnie and team at the San Francisco office in 2014

How did you first start at MWA?

I was referred to MWA by my friend, a former employee of MWA, Louisa Yang, when she moved out of state back in September 1998.

What is one of the greatest lessons you’ve learned in your 25 years at MWA?

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned in my 25 years at MWA is how to communicate with people from different backgrounds, whether it’s different cultures or different specialties. When communicating with people of different backgrounds, it is important to try and shorten the distance between yourself and them by making small talk, learning about one another, and making some connections. After developing a deeper relationship, it makes all communication a lot easier and less “business”-like.

“Winnie’s just stellar. She is efficient, detail-oriented, and always gets the work done. She keeps the company going, without her the wheels would stop turning.”Shura McGraw

How do you maintain work/life balance?

I maintain my work/life balance by traveling to our family’s small property up by Bethel Island every weekend. The atmosphere up around the island is extremely relaxing. I typically care for my garden or fish during that time. I would occasionally host small parties with my close friends and neighbors because it would be such a waste not to have other people experience the same healing atmosphere of the island.

I also enjoy listening to some Classical Music in my spare time because it is so relaxing.

What do you hope to do more of in the next few years? 

Although I have 25 years of experience working in the Accounting Department, I still have so much to learn and improve on. I want to leave my legacy with the growth of this company, as it has become such a big part of my life. In addition to work goals, I want to pick up new hobbies that I could enjoy more closely to home.

What’s your favorite thing about working at MWA?

My favorite thing about working at MWA is having experienced all the highs and lows that have occurred during my time here. Through all those experiences, I have grown fond of the relationships I had with so many people, even beyond the walls of this company. There is no better place than MWA to have spent 25 years meeting many different people and learning about so many different cultures.

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