Nickola (Nikki) Whittle
I had early experiences while still in school that laid the foundation of my knowledge of best business management practices. While getting my accounting degree from Seattle University as a transfer from Washington State University, I worked in the accounting department of a regional insurance brokerage. I took the opportunity one step further and used every moment to learn as many of the office systems as I could. We were just on the advent of the Personal Computer.
Moving quickly on to my first management job, my breadth of knowledge grew from accounting to information systems, office systems, personnel policies, and desktop publishing for marketing new programs. I was an integral part of several corporate task forces that developed written operational and control policies for the company’s regional offices. I also gained my licenses in all lines of insurance and continue those licenses today. I am a notary public. I also completed the CFP Professional Education Program from the College of Financial Planning.
I moved into consulting with a rare experience of working with the US Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program. The contract provided business consulting to minority businesses. I traveled throughout Washington and Idaho helping small businesses with everything from accounting system setup to marketing and business planning. I worked with a diverse group of minority businesses from different types of construction companies, janitorial companies, engineering firms, restaurants and more. I co-developed accounting courses for owners that were presented in SBA offices to minority clients in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.
At that time I also developed a strong relationship with Seafirst’s (now Bank of America) Women and Minority branch. In 1993, I was awarded the SBA’s Western Washington’s Small Business Minority Advocate of the Year distinction. For many of their clients I developed financial statements and business plans that would help them secure financing. Seattle First National Bank selected me to establish a Ukrainian medical practice that today has grown to a full service practice with several dozen care providers and over 10,000 patients, from the initial funding that I negotiated for them.
The bank selected me to fill client positions as temporary or part time CFO, to turn around failing businesses by setting up policies and procedures and strengtheninging accounting systems and financial reporting. These experiences were varied including a medical/dental call center and a large medical practice for a specialized surgery.
Along with my partner, we helped an entrepreneur develop a business plan for a restaurant concepts, helped her secure investors, designed all her graphics including the decor and wall tiles, prepared her website, and developed her cash register/accounting systems.
I computerized and created procedures for one of Seattle’s largest nonprofit consignment and thrift stores, Cloud Nine. I helped them move from a totally manual system to a fully computerized consignment and register system, installed a phone system, expanded consignment hours for more convenience to the consignor, created new signage, redesigned workflow, created and maintained their website, and documented procedures.
I’ve since contracted with businesses and individuals for business systematization and customly drsignd creative endeavors. I’ve especially enjoyed the ability to work on several charitable projects. I’ve designed promotional materials and banners, planned events for up to 300 guests including registration materials and accounting. I’ve designed and maintained several non profit websites.
I’ve always tried to give back to my community. I was the 12th President of the Grace Heffernan Arnold Guild for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; I worked with the Seattle Bid for Bachelors Luncheon; I rode 275 miles from Boston to New York for ALS and raised $15,000.
As a senior in high school I received the The Max Block Award honoring high school juniors or seniors, who in their daily lives, demonstrate exemplary human relations conduct in their dealings with others without regard to race, creed or national origin.
In my spare time I love to ski, swim, row, run and ride bicycles. I love photography, gardening and other creative pursuits. I teach Indoor Cycling and Bodyworks at LA Fitnesses 5 days a week or more.
I look forward to working with you in the future…