About Pixel Financial Group
The ORigin Story
Once upon a time in a land not so far from you, resided two accounting ninjas. These badass ninjas roamed the land alone working to right the wrongs prolific in their industry. While their work had them crossing paths on multiple occasions, they continued their quests in solitude. One fateful day the young Padawan Ninja, Nichole, faced an epic dilemma. Her quest had become tenuous and she had to decide if she would pursue a CPA license or continue on her journey as a CMA.
This question, thrown out into cyber-space (otherwise known as social media) prompted a meeting of the two ninjas where the Master Ninja CPA, Misty, proposed a mutually beneficial contract between the two ninja enterprises. This agreement proved far more beneficial than either ninja first anticipated and, before long, they decided to merge forces and create the League of Legends, known today as Pixel Financial Group! This joining of forces has proven to be powerful beyond measure as they continue to save the world, one jacked-up hot mess at a time.
Misty Leinberger, CPA, MBA
Badass Tax Wizard
She is the all powerful Wizard of Pixel. Even when you can’t see her, she’s busy working her magic behind the curtain and reaching out when she sees a tax or compliance disaster about to happen.
Nichole Payne, CMA, MBA
Cheshire Cat Decoder
She spends most of her time down a rabbit hole, and she absolutely loves it. Budgets, spreadsheets and decision analyses are her Wonderland.
Andrew may be his name, but QuickBooks is his game and he plays those keystrokes like a world-class pianist.
Our Core Values
Too often we see accountants who are in the industry for the wrong reasons, and generally those are the accountants that are awful to work with. We want our clients to feel our energy and passion oozing from every interaction.
As small business owners ourselves we understand that not every business owner can afford the high priced accounting fees that are prevalent in the industry. We seek to offer value that can be viewed as an investment, rather than an expense. We always aim to pay for ourselves in cost- and time-savings.
Master Ninja CPA Misty started her training very early in life. At the spry age of 15 she began working for a CPA in an entry-level position. This position, while short-lived, granted her a wealth of knowledge about the profession and peaked her interest. Being the young, enterprising individual she was, she continued gaining knowledge and experience working through many accounting positions at various small businesses while supporting herself in her schooling.
Throughout her schooling the intrigue of accounting called to her, so she majored in Accounting and Business Administration, receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Western Washington University. After receiving her degree she practiced her craft for many years, working her way up through various corporations until she found herself as a Ninja Manager with a large company. She was thriving, but little did she know the evils that where happening behind closed doors amongst “Public Accountants” that were about to turn the entire profession, one might even say the entire economy, upside down.
Around this same time, while Master Ninja Misty was working her way up in corporate accounting, Young Padawan Nichole was beginning her career in the art of accounting as well. She decided very early on in high school (also around the age of 15) that accounting was the life for her, so each employment she pursued was related to the craft in some fashion.
While studying accounting at Brigham Young University she was enticed with promises of prestige and fortune offered by the well-known “Public Accounting” firms. As she prepared for graduation and took job interviews, it became clear that she had been wearing some rose-colored glasses. Those rose-colored glasses were stripped away when several scandals within the “Public Accounting” firms became publicized. It was obvious that the “Public” firms had many dealings that were never intended to be public.
As the accounting world turned topsy-turvy, Master Ninja Misty went back to her studies. Her husband was overseas, serving the country in a time of need, and with two small children under the age of four she chose to focus her career development on studies, rather than practice, so she could be available for her children. In two short years she had earned an MBA in Healthcare Administration with an emphasis on Finance from Bellevue University.
Unfortunately, it was 2010 and the industry was still recovering from the fallout around the “Public Accounting” scandals, and the job market was in the toilet. Accounting Ninjas with over a decade of experience were all vying for any available position, for which they were over-qualified.
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