Business with a Side of Fun
- May 1, 2011 • May 2011
Tammy Boetsma (’93) is not your average businesswoman. While she takes her job as the CFO of Hacienda and LaSenorita Mexican Restaurants very seriously, she doesn’t mind taking a walk, or ride, on the wild side once in a while.
Boetsma graduated from Bethel’s Adult Education Program with a degree in business finance in 1993, passed the CPA exam on her first attempt, and began climbing the corporate ladder almost immediately. She recently celebrated her 10-year anniversary working at Hacienda and LaSenorita Mexican Restaurants.
I had the opportunity to interview Boetsma about her career adventures, as well as her adventures on her beloved Harley.
CB: What made you decide to go to Bethel as an adult student?
TB: As a waitress at Bob Evans, I met Debby (Church ’91) Smith, who helped me realize the importance of a college education. She actually introduced me to the Bethel Adult Education Program and is a successful Bethel graduate herself.
CB: Where did your interest in Business Finance come from?
TB: I have always excelled at math, and I believe the numbers part of the business world is what attracted me to business finance. Now I know that there is so much more to it than just numbers. It is an exciting career!
CB: How did Bethel prepare you for the workforce?
TB: Bethel helped me to realize that if you want something you can achieve it with planning and hard work. Execution of a plan is key in obtaining goals.
CB: What led you to your current job?
TB: After graduating from Bethel, I started to work for a small public accounting firm in Plymouth, Ind. After two years of traveling from South Bend to Plymouth and back five to six days a week, I applied for a staff accountant position with McGladrey & Pullen in their South Bend office. This is how I was introduced to Hacienda Mexican Restaurants as an auditor. When Hacienda’s VP of finance took a position with a different company, I was hired as her replacement.
CB: What are your current responsibilities?
TB: I was promoted last July to executive vice president, CFO. I am responsible for the oversight of our accounting and information technology departments for Hacienda and LaSenorita Mexican Restaurants. I handle not only the financial reporting and but also the aspects of insurance, leases and cash management for both concepts.
CB: What are your future career plans?
TB: My future career plans include doing my part to help grow HMR Acquisition Company, Inc. (dba Hacienda Mexican Restaurants and LaSenorita Mexican Restaurants) and increase its enterprise value. We have a five-year business plan that includes opening a few more restaurants, and we are always striving for ways to continuously improve our two concepts.
CB: Do you have any future personal plans?
TB: I would like to ride my motorcycle to the west coast and back before I am too old! Last year I rode my bike to central Florida and back to visit my parents and had a GREAT time! Of course, I always look forward to spending time with my family, especially my son, my two grandchildren and my husband.