Alumni Relations

Elaine Jones

Elaine Jones

Owner - Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

B.S. '91 - Business in Accounting
 

Q: How has your degree in Business in Accounting been beneficial to you and your career? 
A: My degree taught the fundamental basics of all business.  The core financials and how to interpret the data is key in any business.  Cost analysis related to product and service is so important to understand and manage.

Q: How did you become interested accounting?
A: I knew I loved accounting the first class I took in high school.  I loved working with numbers.  Then once I saw how valuable they are in business, I knew I had found a passion.

Q: What is the best career advice you have been given? 
A:
A career is an opportunity to leave a fingerprint.  It can be in improvements made or with people interactions.  Find something you believe in and fight for it.  You will find yourself feeling fulfilled.

Q: Was there anyone during your time at IPFW who acted as a mentor to you?
A: 
I had many great mentors in The Accounting Society.  My involvement with the group over 4 years proved to be valuable in so many ways.  I was exposed to many types of professionals in the area and learned about different types of work and focus in Accounting.

What course have you found to be most valuable in your professional life? 
A:
 Communication and Managerial Accounting.

Q: What would be your advice to someone who is considering IPFW (either as a new student or a returning adult)?
A:  IPFW provides a top notch college experience, especially in business.  I never regretted my decision to attend there.

Q: What advice would you give to current IPFW students?
A: Learn as much as you can now.  Get involved in campus groups too.  Relationships and networking are very valuable.

Q: What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments, both personally and professionally?  
A: I earned my CPA certification after graduating from IPFW.  I figured out how to be a professional, a wife, and a mother.  My daughters see the benefits of a well-rounded and balanced mother and aspire to be the same.

Q: Where do you hope to be in ten years?
A: In ten years, I hope to be easing into retirement with my businesses in part time mode. 

Q: How would you like to be remembered?
A: I would like to be remembered as someone who cared about people and their development and drove to successful results in everything I touched.