June 17, 2021
Rosie Brammer, CPA
Rosie Brammer CPA, LLC, Clackamas
Chair, OSCPA Women's Initiatives Committee
OSCPA member since: 2012
How has the CPA credential defined your career so far?
I was introduced to public accounting at a young age doing administrative work for my dad at his CPA firm. Later, I was able to put myself through school working two jobs as a tax staff at a small firm in Medford and as a part-time bookkeeper for NFP entities. Through these experiences, I grew to love accounting and the relationships that are built both with clients and with other CPAs in the profession. Pursuing my CPA license happened later when I realized that the certification conveys a distinction of expertise and ethics that allows clients and colleagues to gain and retain their trust in my abilities.
Who has inspired you along the way?
I am very thankful to say that I have had many mentors in my career who believed in me and offered me opportunities for growth. They still inspire and challenge me. The most influential mentor in my career is my dad, Scott Downes, CPA. He was an entrepreneur in the profession who genuinely cared for his employees and his clients, he was never afraid to think outside the box, and even in the thick of busy season, always took the time to put our family first.
What’s the best part of your job/what do you love about your job?
The people! Working in public accounting, I get to meet some of the most interesting and inspiring clients. I love learning about their world and working alongside them as their trusted advisor to advocate for their futures and plan both business changes and tax impacts.
How has being an OSCPA member and a member of the Women’s Initiatives Committee benefitted you?
I have met and worked with incredible professionals all over Oregon. One of the greatest accomplishments has been to blend all our backgrounds, experiences, and energy together to create resources for members including the Women’s Initiatives Committee. The OSCPA community has been instrumental to my professional development and growth.
What advice would you give a new CPA?
This profession is not just about what happens sitting behind a desk. Don't wait to start building relationships. Join the OSCPA and the AICPA and get involved to make meaningful and impactful connections with other CPAs. Love your clients and your coworkers and don’t be afraid to question what has been done in the past; we are here to advocate and make change instead of staying static with what has been done before. Know that we are in a profession that is always changing and you will always be learning even if you become an expert in your field.
What are you reading/listening to these days?
I love listening to podcasts. My current favorite podcasts are “This American Life” by The Public Radio Exchange; “Unlocking Us” by Brene Brown; and “100% Guilt-Free Self-Care” by Tami Hackbarth. These all feed my soul in different ways and present different perspectives that widen my world view.
What are you looking forward to this summer?
Hugging everyone. Drinking a cold beer at the river after a day of fishing and hiking, and watching my daughter create fantastic imaginary worlds during her backyard theatrical productions.