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Many Hands Make Light Work

By Dolores Thomason, Assistant Director of Accounting

I have worked in the field of accounting for more than 30 years. It is a complex and goal driven field. There is always a deadline to meet.  I have worked in both private and public accounting, but never have I worked in a place as friendly and familiar as ASG. I feel fortunate to be a part of the ASG Family.

In a garden, it is the seeds, soil and water together that grow into a beautiful flower or a delicious vegetable. Without all three components, nothing will grow. The seeds cannot grow without the soil and water, and the soil and water are simply mud without the seeds.

Our accounting department is like a well-oiled machine. We all have our separate responsibilities but we all work together to accomplish the goals that keep our department running smoothly.  Our accounting team is cross trained, which enables us to pitch in when another person is out, or is running behind on deadlines.

 Here are two benefits of cross training:

  1. Share your knowledge. Each member of accounting is trained on each other’s roles. This keep us all on the same page. With shared knowledge, errors can be avoided and we’re always revaluating our processes for areas of growth and improvement.
  2. Always have a back-up. If any member of accounting is out, our cross-training allows us to jump in without any questions and make sure nothings slips through the crack. There is always more than one person that can complete each task. This team-work provides confidence that the job will get done!

Everyone has their own talents, some better at some tasks than others, but working as a team helps get the job done well for our client associations. We work together, we learn together and we grow stronger together!


Dolores graduated from Midlands Technical College with an Associate Degree in Business Accounting. With over 30 years of accounting experience, public and private, she still enjoys the every day challenges of her job. Dolores enjoys gardening and bowling with her husband, as well as yearly vacations to the beach.