About The DBA
The Digital Bookkeeper Association is more than just a membership organization. We are an instrument of change in the world of bookkeeping.
We are on a mission to create a global army of 25,000 highly skilled, professional bookkeepers by 2025.
We aim to promote and elevate the status of the Certified Digital Bookkeeper (CDB) to create professional recognition on par with the CPA designation.
We want to help business owners find the perfect bookkeeper that can provide outstanding service to guide them into financial prosperity.
How we Serve
We take a three pronged approach when serving the bookkeeping community. We not only serve our bookkeeping members, we also assist business owners looking for a great bookkeeper, and we advocate for the bookkeeping profession itself.
Membership in the DBA distinguishes you as a true professional. You are a 21st Century Bookkeeper who goes beyond number crunching and proactively advises and supports your clients. You bring tremendous value to those you serve and therefore earn more money and work with high-quality clients who understand your value. Most importantly, you know you are making a difference.
Bookkeeping is a task most business owners wish they could make go away. While you can’t avoid bookkeeping, it can be transformed from a dreaded chore, to an enlightening experience that sheds light on your business finances. With the help of one of our highly skilled bookkeepers, you can make positive changes to increase your bottom line.
For too long, the bookkeeping profession has been woefully under valued. The DBA looks to change that through advocacy for our profession, promotion of the Certified Digital Bookkeeper (CDB) designation, and the creation of a unified community of the highest quality bookkeepers. We strive to build collaborative relationships between bookkeepers and the business owners they serve.
21st Century Bookkeeper
Bookkeepers of old, with their green visors and pocket protectors, are a dying breed. Old fashioned bookkeeping only looked backward, producing financial reports that meant little to the business owner.
The 21st Century Bookkeeper is the bookkeeper of future. These bookkeepers are proactive. They act more as an advisor: analyzing financial statements and presenting them in a way that helps the business owner affect positive change on their business.
The 21st Century bookkeeper is a trusted advisor that can bring untold value to the businesses they serve.
DBA Board of Directors
Kirstin is passionate about the role of the 21st Century Bookkeeper. She believes wholeheartedly in the mission of the DBA: connecting, supporting, and inspiring her fellow bookkeeping professionals. Her goal is to build a thriving community of digital bookkeepers.
Kirstin fell in love with bookkeeping in high school and it’s always been her goal to serve small businesses. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University with concentrations in business, accounting, and education. She is a graduate of Bookkeeper Launch.
In 2015 she founded her company, Purple Sapphire Business Solutions, offering virtual bookkeeping services. She added tax preparation in 2018 when she earned her Enrolled Agent (EA) designation. Her primary niche is small businesses in the travel and tourism industry.
Kirstin currently homeschools six of her nine children. Oddly enough, Kirstin doesn’t have much free time, but with the little she does have, she enjoys spending time with friends and traveling. Her happy place is the beach – a stark contrast to her home in Colorado.
Gabrielle is the founder and manager of BookkeepingDirect, a bookkeeping firm which has been running 100% virtually since 2003. She is an Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and Accredited Small Business Consultant, as well as a sought-after speaker, author, and consultant in the bookkeeping profession. Gabrielle is known for her practical online training programs and live webinars surrounding topics such as bookkeeping workflow, pricing, marketing, cybersecurity, and business growth strategy. She also works with bookkeeping technology providers to spark win-win synergy that benefits the profession, software vendors, and ultimately, small business clients.
A.T. possesses over 30 years of leadership experience in active duty and reserve military service as an enlisted U.S. Marine and a Marine Officer. Within his career he has honorably served within Marine Corps major mission support components; Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Logistics Group, Marine Corps Recruiting Command, and Marine Forces Reserve. He currently serves as a federal employee possessing over 10 years of experience. He served in law enforcement and retired from state government. He has been a community leader, active volunteer, and board member for multiple organizations since 1991. A.T.’s volunteer involvement includes promoting and supporting youth activities as well as coaching athletics. He has been heavily involved with the Toys For Tots program since 2003 where he managed the Atlanta Toys For Tots campaign to become the largest and most successful in the nation and in the history of the program. Starting in 2014 he directed his efforts to assisting the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation and to date has successfully contributed to millions of disadvantaged children receiving toys, personally raised over $3 million dollars in donations, and directly assists coordinators across the country to collect millions of toys annually.
A.T. developed an extensive background in marketing and fundraising strategy during his years coordinating directly with many corporate industry leaders and non-profit organizations. His achievements in cause- marketing strategies have been leveraged to create successful partnership opportunities and long-lasting relationships with numerous Fortune 500 companies.
A.T. is a graduate of Saint Leo University. He has a specialized background within the federal U.S. Government and possesses numerous advanced certifications.
Kevin has always been an entrepreneur, starting his first business at the age of 16. After a successful exit, Kevin returned to school and completed his MBA in 2016. He believes that the secret to success is continued self-growth and having the ability to focus on the areas that you’re good at, these being the aspects that ‘add value’ to your business, enabling it to grow whilst having the confidence to let other people take care of the rest. He enjoys working with small business owners and serves as a mentor with a variety of groups. Kevin owns and operates a successful bookkeeping and IT business, Centrosome Inc. and recently opened a coworking space in Canada’s capital called Sterling Spaces, which focuses on helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
Kevin will help establish the DBA as an international organization focusing on the awareness and expansion into Canada.
Chris is a 24-year Navy veteran. He earned his Associates in Business Administration from Columbia College. He is the founder and owner of Light the Way Business Services, offering Bookkeeping, Payroll, and Tax services to those in the health profession.
Kanika is the owner of Primary Focus Bookkeeping, LLC, with over 15 years of experience working in corporate accounting before starting her company. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s in accounting from Mississippi State University. She is most passionate about helping small businesses succeed and grow through accuracy and transparency of their books and records. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her son, reading, cooking, and binge-watching Christmas movies.
|Jan started her bookkeeping and accounting firm Jan Haugo & Associates LLC in 2006 and took the company virtual in 2010. Her boutique firm believes it takes a community to raise and develop a business, which involves collaboration between the business owner through all financial entities along the journey. She is focused and strives to build relationships based on trust, which fosters a company and community with values, independence, responsibility, flexibility, and customer success.
While developing a passion for the bookkeeping industry during Jan’s journey, she became the Founder / CEO of ICBUSA and sat on the board of ICBGlobal. Here she helped create standardized recognition and certification for global bookkeepers.
With the drive to help others in the bookkeeping industry, she has been a leader in helping start Facebook Groups, such as USA Bookkeeping Community and Bookkeeping Revolution; it is here that Jan leads the industry into new technology.
Jan’s recognition has come in many forms, such as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Women in Accounting from CPA Practice Advisor, Hubdoc top 50 Cloud Accountants, Member of the Intuit Trainer Writer Network. She has written many articles for industry publications such as Intuit blogs, Entreprenuer.com, Insightful Accountant, and Accounting Today.
Recently, Jan has become General Manager of HighRock Accounting located in Scottsdale AZ. A woman-owned – woman executive team lead cloud accounting firm. The firm is focused on innovative ideas that enrich the lives of their clients and of their team. HighRock and its sister companies focus on multiple industries such as Non-Profit, Technology, Construction, and Cannabis. The ultimate goal of HighRock is #CPAWorldDomination.
Ben is the founder and CEO of bookkeepers.com. He has helped thousands of Bookkeeping Professionals to start, grow and transform their practices into true businesses. Ben used his background as a CPA for small businesses to formulate a blueprint that helps our profession deliver more value to our clients and earn more money. Ben was an air-traffic controller in the Air Force before graduating from the University of Central Arkansas. He proudly supports Bookkeeping Professionals around the globe through a partnership with Charity Water. Ben lives in Atlanta and has three grown children, one in college and two who work with him.