Former client persuaded accountant to become banker

There may be a lesson for leaders in the hiring of Vaune Cripe. It has to do with foresight, perseverance and judgment about talent.

Cripe started her career in a public accounting office in Dickinson, N.D. George Ehlis, a farmer and bank CEO, was a tax client. “My farm experience was really limited,” Cripe said, and tax laws for farmers are complex. She made mistakes on a couple of Ehlis’ tax returns, which required rounds of follow up and rework. “I thought, he must think I am a blundering idiot. Two years in a row I had to talk . . .

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