Meet Parametrix's Chief Financial Officer, Holli Moeini.
Holli has been an employee-owner at Parametrix for nearly 13 years. She has almost 25 years of business and financial consulting experience in public accounting and various other industries. Holli is a licensed CPA.
I had the opportunity to interview Holli about her career and position at Parametrix. Read her responses below.
What did you go to school for and where did you graduate from?
I went to Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA and graduated with a degree in accounting and finance.
How did you get into this line of work?
During college I worked at a bank at night to pay for school. After graduating, I worked as an accounting consultant to build my foundation and skills. This experience working as a consultant has helped me to relate to the consultants here at Parametrix. After 9 years as a consultant I became the corporate controller of a manufacturing company. When that company closed and I was seeking a new opportunity I heard about Parametrix as a “Best Place to Work”. At the time I was starting my family and needed flexibility so Parametrix was a great fit. I started out at Parametrix as the Controller. From there I moved in to the role of Senior Consultant and then CFO.
Tell me about your family – Are you married? Do you have kids?
I have been married to my husband for 20 years. We have a son who is 16 and a daughter who is 13. My husband is Iranian and I have learned to speak Farsi from him and his parents. His father was a great poet and very well-known in Iran. My kids inherited his artistic genes and are both very involved in art and music. I also have two dogs – one is a puppy.
What hobbies do you have outside of work?
My current obsession is with my dogs. I’ve never had a puppy before this! My other hobby is going to concerts. My kids love going as well – they’ve dragged me along to several! Recently we had the opportunity to go on stage with Elton John! It was amazing. Some other concerts I’ve been to recently have included Billy Joel, Coldplay, Stevie Nicks, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Concerts we'll be going to soon are Adam Lambert & Queen, U2, One Republic and Cold Play was so good we are going again!
Photo: Holli and her family near the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace on the way to the Elton John concert.
What was your favorite project ever and why?
Many of the projects I work on are confidential in nature so I can’t talk about them (some of my favorite ones!) One that I am proud of and can talk about is the opportunity I had to work with G&A managers within Parametrix to determine the right-size G&A cost for our company. I take my responsibility to shareholders (the employee-owners) very seriously and this was a great way to give back by ensuring maximum shareholder value.
What is your favorite thing about your job at Parametrix?
While it may sound cliché, one of my favorite things about my job at Parametrix is working with people. I truly enjoy serving the shareholders. I also love the flexibility that Parametrix offers to employee-owners within their careers. I have been a part of several executive leadership teams and one thing that really differentiates Parametrix from other companies is that when the leaders are making decisions in a meeting they will stop to ask “how will this affect the employee-owners?”
What is your goal as a leader at Parametrix?
My main focus and goal is always creating sustainable value for our employee-owners.
What piece of advice would you like to give to someone starting out in your profession?
First and foremost I would say do what you love. Sometimes in order to do you what you love, you have to be “scrappy” – that means advocating for yourself, raising your hand, and taking on new challenges. Another lesson that I think many people don’t learn until later in their career is learning how to be nimble in working with all personality types. Instead of focusing on differences, you should ask “what can this person bring to the table?” And last, remember not to sweat the small stuff. Not everyone will always agree with you.
Holli with Parametrix Controller, Carrie Cupler and IT Manager, Geralyn Stonack at the 2015 Parametrix Employee-Ownership Celebration.
What experiences have helped shape your leadership skills?
My leadership skills began developing early on while I was working at the bank during college. I was placed in a leadership role and was very focused on results. Later on I realized that leadership is more about service. It is the responsibility of leaders to empower their employees to be the best and happiest they can be. I have always watched people who are in leadership roles and learned from their successes and failures. Of course, my own failures have taught me a lot as well. I try to do a lot of self-reflection and admit when things didn’t go well in order to improve.
Would you do anything differently in your career if you had to do it over again?
Well, of course I would rather be a rock star but I’m not talented enough for that. I believe in living in the present moment and not looking back. So, I wouldn’t do anything differently.