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#010-Creating Impact In The Industry As Part Of COPAS with Melissa Gruenewald

In today’s episode, Tom and Phil are joined by Melissa Gruenewald, founder and CEO of Green Forest Financial, PLLC, a CPA and advisory firm, and sitting vice president of Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies (COPAS). They discuss the many benefits of being an active member of COPAS, and how it has helped Melissa develop her career skills, relationships and leadership abilities. They also talk about things you can do to invest in yourself during the pandemic and making decisions moving forward.

Highlights:

2:41  Why Melissa decided to start her own firm in the middle of the Pandemic

4:20  How COPAS has benefited Melissa’s career in oil and gas

6:09  How COPAS helps in your day to day duties

9:03  Developing leadership skills

13:17 Why consensus is a big part of the process at COPAS

13:58 The true value of networking within an organization like COPAS

17:56 Ways that members can be involved in COPAS

20:53 Getting started in oil and gas even when you think you need more experience

23:03 The value of attending local and national COPAS meetings

29.55 The importance of patience in the current industry downturn

37:33 Decision making and planning for the future during the pandemic

41:07 Melissa’s vision for the coming year as president of COPAS

About Melissa Gruenewald:

Melissa Gruenewald is the founder and CEO of Green Forest Financial, PLLC, a CPA and advisory firm.  For 24 years, Melissa worked at large and small oil and gas companies with varying accounting responsibilities including joint interest, revenue, joint venture audit, gas balancing, payout, compliance, and financial reporting.  Melissa is currently on the Board of the Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies (COPAS) and serves as the Vice-President.  She also currently serves as the COPAS-OKC Audit Committee Co-Chair.  Melissa received a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Southern Nazarene University and a Master’s in Accounting from DeVry University.  She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Accredited Petroleum Accountant.  

Connect with Melissa:

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About COPAS:

COPAS provides expertise for the oil and gas industry through the development of Model Form Accounting Procedures, publications, and education. We are a forum for the active exchange of ideas which result in innovative business and accounting solutions.

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Quotes

Quite honestly, you can go and you can get a degree or you can read a book, but growing in your leadership really comes from doing it.-Melissa Gruenewald

COPAS is not just documents, it’s people. It’s a group of people, they create documents, they create kind of the framework around how oil and gas accounting is done.- Melissa Gruenewald

Being involved in the organization gives me access to the people who can help explain the why. And that makes me a better oil and gas accountant. – Melissa Gruenewald

You know, leadership is not about getting out there and telling people what to do, you’ve really got to listen and understand and serve other people.- Melissa Gruenewald

And I just think it’s important for our listeners to know, you know, you’ve got to just jump in somewhere, you can’t just sit there and go, well, when I get enough experience, I’ll be able to contribute.- Tom Wierman

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