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Meet the Team: Kelli Boozer

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When Kelli Boozer isn’t crunching numbers in our Atlanta office, she’s day dreaming about her fantasy career as a beachside fitness instructor. Find out what inspires her, what reality show she watches and when is the best time of day to ask her for a favor!

Name: Kelli Boozer

Title/Position: Senior Accountant

Office Name/Location: Wood Partners/Atlanta, GA

Fantasy career: Fitness Instructor (beachside)

Favorite ethnic cuisine: Mexican food

Most exotic travel experience: Yosemite National Park

Starbucks (or other coffee shop) order: Skinny Vanilla Latte

A perfect day in would be: A rainy day with movies, a couch, a blanket, chocolate and napping

Best advice you ever received: Refuse to worry. Rehearsing your troubles and worries results in experiencing them many times, whereas, we are meant to go through them only when they occur.

What you like most about your work: The people

Favorite weekend activity: Something outside – usually the park

Your first job: Fred’s

What inspires you? People who are positive and smile in unfortunate situations

Most productive time of day: Before lunch J

Reality show you’re embarrassed to admit you watch: The Kardashians

Person you’d like to have dinner with: Bradley Cooper

What you’re most proud of: My wonderful friends and family

A business tool you can’t live without: Excel

Next travel destination: Hopefully Hawaii!

A bad habit: Mexican food

Favorite possession: Pictures

Words you live by: What is it to gain the world if you lose your soul

First thing you do when you get to the office: Get Caffeine! while my computer starts up..

Last thing you do before you leave your office: Update my “To-Do List”

Your favorite guilty pleasure: “Blue Bell – Cookies-n-cream” ice cream


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Meet The Team: Bryan Borland

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Before Bryan Borland was Development Associate for Wood Partners, he ran a newspaper route at 10 years old! Find out his secret talent, his shocking fantasy career, and what he loves most about his work:
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Name: Bryan Borland

Title/Position: Development Associate

Office Name/Location: DC/Northern VA (though, soon to be Orlando/North Florida)
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Fantasy career: Can’t imagine anything else I’d rather be doing.

Favorite ethnic cuisine: Indian (Like George Costanza, Bryan likes his chicken spicy)

Most exotic travel experience: Either Costa Rica or Dubai, UAE

Starbucks (or other coffee shop) order: Milk/cream, no sweetener. Maybe a latte on the weekend or if I’m feeling saucy that day.

A perfect day in would be: Saturday after Thanksgiving… Spend the morning at the beach with family in Destin, then drive to Tallahassee and tailgate with friends before watching my beloved Florida State Seminoles beat the hated Florida Gators.

Best advice you ever received: “Don’t sweat the small stuff” (thanks Mom)

Your secret talent: I’m a decent cook and I’m good at lifting heavy objects

What you like most about your work: Variety/challenge/continuous learning; Exposure to different disciplines and people; Opportunity to impact/shape communities

Favorite weekend activity: Taking my lab swimming or to the dog park; FSU football games (during college football season)

Your first job: I had a newspaper route when I was 10-11 years old

Most productive time of day: Early mornings or evenings after the calls and emails have slowed down

Reality show you’re embarrassed to admit you watch: Research shows that I watch a lot more Bravo when I’m in a relationship

Person you’d like to have dinner with: Milton Friedman

A business tool you can’t live without: Cell Phone (My Samsung Galaxy S4 laughs at your iPhone)

Next travel destination: Peru (Machu Picchu)

What’s next for you: Moving back to Florida (Orlando) later this year

A bad habit: I have a tendency to over-think/over-analyze, often while biting my fingernails or cracking my knuckles

Favorite possession: Not necessarily a “possession,” but I’ll say my 7 year-old chocolate lab, Rudy

What book is on your nightstand now? Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Words you live by: “No Regrets,” that’s my motto. That, and “Everybody Wang Chung tonight.”

First thing you do when you get to the office: Review my to-do list for the day

Last thing you do before you leave your office: Make a to-do list for the next day

Your favorite guilty pleasure: Eating an entire large pizza and ice cream cake (Carvel, of course) every year on my birthday


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Meet The Team: Jessica Bennett

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Before Jessica Bennett worked in accounting in our Atlanta office, she worked for her parents at a baseball card store. Learn about her favorite weekend activity, the reality show she she is embarrassed to watch, and what she loves most about her work.


Name: Jessica Bennett
Title/Position: Currently transitioning from Senior Accountant to WRS Accounting Manager
Office Name/Location: Atlanta, GA

Favorite ethnic cuisine: Mexican – I could eat it every day

Most exotic travel experience: I studied abroad in Fiji

Starbucks (or other coffee shop) order: Orange juice and a pastry (I’m not really a coffee drinker)

A perfect day in would be: Curling up on the couch and clearing out the DVR.

Best advice you ever received: Do what makes you happy

What you like most about your work: Definitely my co-workers

Favorite weekend activity: Tailgating for a Georgia football game.

Your first job: Working for my parents at a baseball card store

Worst subject in high school: Physics

Most productive time of day: First thing in the morning

Reality show you’re embarrassed to admit you watch: Top Shot

A business tool you can’t live without: Bright colored pens and my calculator

Next travel destination: Denver for a wedding

What’s next for you: I’m currently transitioning to be the WRS Accounting Manager and am very excited to start this role!

A bad habit: I bounce my leg way too much

Favorite possession: My iPhone. I was one of the last people to convert from the Blackberry, but now I couldn’t imagine going back.

What book is on your nightstand now? A historical novel about Nefertiti

First thing you do when you get to the office: Put my snacks in the fridge

Your favorite guilty pleasure: People magazine


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Meet The Team: John Ford

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Who doesn’t love carbs? John Ford, National Due Diligence Manager in our Houston office says he loves carbs despite what his trainer tells him. Read about the custom product he asked Starbucks for, his secret talent, and what he does before he leaves the office daily:

Name: John Russell Ford
Title/Position: National Due Diligence Manager
Office Name/Location: Houston, TX

Fantasy career: Private Pilot

Favorite ethnic cuisine: Sushi

Most exotic travel experience: Arenal, Costa Rica — I quickly found out my “Texas Spanish” abilities did not translate so well in Costa Rica …..

Starbucks (or other coffee shop) order: Grande Drip with cream. I’ve asked for it in an I.V. bag although the Barrista didn’t see the humor.

Most played song on iPod: I stream from my phone more than have individual songs. NPR, NYC/Chicago Fusion, WCPE Classical, KPLU Jazz24

A perfect day in would be: A beach, silence, and a cool drink preferably with my phone submerged in it.

Best advice you ever received: “Shut up and listen. The most successful guy in the room is generally not the loudest.” My Dad.

Your secret talent: I’m a classically trained pianist.

What you like most about your work: Two points: Every day is a different challenge – there is no true “in box/out box” and Autonomy to do your job, do it well, and be proud of what we accomplish.

Favorite weekend activity: Cycling

Your first job: Clerk at a convenience store….. I can still smell that awful deep fryer – yuck.

Worst subject in high school: Geometry

Most productive time of day: 6 – 8 am and pm when I can map out my day / wrap up my day without the phone/email driving me nuts.
Reality show you’re embarrassed to admit you watch: Any of the Real Housewives … those ladies are insane!

Person you’d like to have dinner with: Hillary Clinton

A business tool you can’t live without: iPhone
Next travel destination: Breckenridge next month if there is any snow left.

What’s next for you: Probably another conference call — let me check my calendar.

A bad habit: My trainer says carbs. I say listening to him.

What book is on your nightstand now? Probably dust …. Um, a half empty bottle of water, “Life Without Lawyers, the death of common sense,” and an alarm clock that hasn’t been used in probably 10 years (see above … iPhone)

Words you live by: “When you know better, you do better.” ~Maya Angelou

First thing you do when you get to the office: Again See Starbucks Above ….. more coffee from the kitchen.

Last thing you do before you leave your office: Mutter that I really should water the plant on my desk, say I’ll do it tomorrow, and then don’t…

Your favorite guilty pleasure: Travel. More than huge homes and fast cars, I’d rather go and experience things.


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Meet The Team: David Jaudes

David JaudesIf David Jaudes wasn’t Development Associate for Wood Partners in Denver, CO, he would likely be a famous Blues Guitarist. Learn his secret talent, his worst subject in school, what he’s most proud of and much more:


Name: David Jaudes
Title/Position: Development Associate
Office Name/Location: Denver, CO

Fantasy career: Blues Guitarist

Favorite ethnic cuisine: Any and all Indian food

Most exotic travel experience: Bora Bora

Starbucks order: Iced Coffee

Most played song on iPod: Naïve Melody

A perfect day in would be: spent on the couch watching Football

Best advice you ever received: focus on what you have, not what you want.

Your secret talent: can make awesome mac and cheese

What you like most about your work: something different everyday

Favorite weekend activity: heading to the mountains with friends

Worst subject in high school: Latin

What inspires you? family

Most productive time of day: mid-morning

Reality show you’re embarrassed to admit you watch: I watch Gold Rush religiously but not embarrassed

Person you’d like to have dinner with: Stevie Ray Vaughn

Your first job: worked for GVA in NYC for 2 years

What you’re most proud of: family

A business tool you can’t live without: iphone, never leave home without it

Next travel destination: Bahama’s

What’s next for you: living each day as it comes

A bad habit: won’t get rid of any t-shirt…ever.

Favorite possession: fender strat guitar

What book is on your nightstand now? Thomas Jefferson biography

A job you’d want if you weren’t doing this job: working for a small boutique record label

Words you live by: carpe diem?

First thing you do when you get to the office: pour a big cup of coffee

Last thing you do before you leave your office: pour a big cup of coffee

Your favorite guilty pleasure: old scotch


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Meet The Team: Jennifer LaSalle

942751_499663670088617_1692325453_nBefore Jennifer LaSalle was Office/Project Manager for Wood Partners in Mill Valley, she scooped ice cream at her first job at Baskin Robbins. Learn about her fantasy career, the most exotic place she traveled to, the song she listens to the most and more:

Name: Jennifer LaSalle
Title/Position: Office / Project Manager
Office Name/Location: Mill Valley

Fantasy career: Chef / Baker

Favorite ethnic cuisine: Italian

Most exotic travel experience: Ambergris Caye, Belize

Starbucks (or other coffee shop) order: non-fat latte

Most played song on iPod: Pride and Joy, Stevie Ray Vaughan

Best advice you ever received: Educate yourself. It’s one of the few things that can never be taken from you.

Your first job: Scooping ice cream at Baskin Robbins

Worst subject in high school: History

Most productive time of day: mid-morning

Reality show you’re embarrassed to admit you watch: Real Housewives..ugh.

Person you’d like to have dinner with: Maya Angelou

What you’re most proud of: my relationship with my family

Next travel destination: Spain

What book is on your nightstand now? This Family of Mine, Victoria Gotti

First thing you do when you get to the office: respond to emails

Last thing you do before you leave your office: “try” to organize my desk


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Meet The Team: Clay Richardson

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Before Clay Richardson was Asset Manager for Wood Partners in Scottsdale, AZ, his first job was at Taco Bell. Find out his secret talent, his bad habit, and what he’s most proud of:

Name: Clay Richardson
Title/Position: Asset Manager
Office Name/Location: Scottsdale,AZ

Most exotic travel experience: Arctic Circle

Starbucks (or other coffee shop) order: Maybe water? I don’t drink coffee

A perfect day in would be: Something outdoors: Hunting/fishing/snorkeling

Best advice you ever received: Be careful what you post on social media

Your secret talent: I can cook

Your first job: Taco Bell drive thru.

Most productive time of day: All hours (is my boss checking this?)

Person you’d like to have dinner with: Mark Cuban

What you’re most proud of: Keeping my three small children alive and safe simultaneously.

A business tool you can’t live without: Excel

A bad habit: Dallas Cowboys fan

Favorite possession: Swarovski 10x42mm EL (no, its not crystal stemware)

What book is on your nightstand now? Think Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman

First thing you do when you get to the office: Punch in the security code, so the cops don’t come.

Your favorite guilty pleasure: sarcastic emails to co-workers