Gina started bookkeeping for a non-for-profit group while still a Senior in High School. While working in a larger CPA office, she realized that small businesses weren't getting the attention they needed and deserved. She understood that there had to be flexibility and the normal business hours of a small business aren’t just from 9-5; that each business has their own special needs and don't fit a "one-size-fits-all" mold. Since then, Gina has worked with and helped businesses in over a dozen states across the country to get their offices and books in order.
In her free time, she enjoys watching football with her son, reading and dancing. She is proud of her husband's service to this country as a medic in the Army National Guard! Equally as proud of her son, who at a young age was diagnosed w/Autism. He is a top honors High School student, who is a scout - earing his Eagle rank, loves and plays football, plays trombone in both concert & jazz band.
Gina has been the Treasurer for two non-for profit groups and believes strongly in giving back to the community. She is married and has a son. She is also involved with the PTA, Autism Speaks, and her son's school library. She LOVES a good book and enjoys be-bopping to all kinds of music.
Ruth lives in North Aurora with her husband Jeff and their 3 sons. She loves attending her boys' sporting, music and drama events, and is very involved in Boy Scouting. Her hobbies include reading, cooking and outdoor adventures. One thing she is passionate about is giving back - at church, in the community, at school etc. That's why she says she loves working at Green Tree Bookkeeping - "We help our customers succeed by letting them focus on their passions while we handle the bookkeeping. Not everyone is comfortable with tracking their numbers, and we are happy to do that, and more, to help a business grow."
After graduating from Illinois State University with a B.S. in Business, Kari spent 21+ years working for Allstate Insurance Company in various financial management positions. She retired in 2002 to focus on “being there” for her family and has never looked back. Married to David since 1987, She is the proud mom of 3 adult children, 2 son-in-laws, 1 Peek-A-Poo, and is also “Nana” to 4 grandchildren.
Ever passionate about lifestyle balance and wellness, Kari has multiple certifications in the fitness industry, with extensive training and expertise in Pilates, and over 20 years of teaching experience. She loves traveling, exploring new places, going on long bike rides, watching baseball, and cooking a great meal. She has a number of other interests and hobbies, but finds her greatest satisfaction in spending time with family and friends. Kari and Gina met in 2015 at a local charity event, and immediately connected. Kari was impressed with the fact that Gina had built her business from the ground up, and soon learned that for Gina, continuous improvement in both herself and her business are key priorities. The continued growth Green Tree has experienced is a testament to Gina and her team's commitment to quality, integrity, and providing excellent service. "Green Tree is more than a bookkeeping business, it is about connecting with people and building long term relationships."
After graduating college, Annette spent 15 years working for State Farm Insurance for both the Fire and Auto side. She worked mostly for the Auto Company side, working in the following departments: Property Damage, Bodily Injury, Suit, and Estimatics. She retired in 2006 to focus on her family. She has been married for 22+ years, and mother to two beautiful girls. Once her children started school, Annette decided to go back into the workforce wherein she worked part-time for the West Aurora School District. Her hobbies and interests include gardening, canning, cooking, baking, fishing, crafting, and card making. Mostly she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Annette and Gina met at the elementary school their children attended. They were both PTA members and volunteered quite a bit at the school. Annette has truly enjoyed being a part of the Green Tree family.
Jen spent 13 years in the insurance industry as an auto claim and worker's compensation claim adjuster. In 2004 she was fortunate to be able to become a stay at home mom for her 2 young children. She really enjoyed that time raising her family, and was glad to be able to have the opportunity to be involved as a volunteer at their schools and with Girl and Boy Scouting. She additionally stayed busy keeping the books and managing the daily operations of her husband's aquarium business.
In 2019 Ruth, a friend through their kids' schools and Boy Scouting, asked Jen if she would be interested in a job with her at Green Tree Bookkeeping. With her children now teenagers, Jen was excited to rejoin the workforce and put her bookkeeping and organizational skills to use.
“Since my first day at Green Tree it has never really felt like work. I have always loved numbers and everything to do with them. For me to be able to handle that for our clients so they have more time to focus on other aspects of their business is a win/win. Gina's dedication to providing the best possible service to fit our clients' needs is inspiring, and all of us Green Tree Girls work together like a well oiled machine. It is great to be a part of.” Away from work, Jen enjoys cooking, music, home improvement, road trips, entertaining friends and family and spending time outdoors. Believe it or not, her favorite "hobbies" are mowing the lawn and washing and waxing the car! Married to Matthew since 2003, her favorite way to spend time is doing anything and everything with him and their 2 awesome kids.
"Keeping you focused on what you do best!"
Gina, Karen, Ruth, Annette & Jen