Employee Spotlight - Julie Strain

Hi, my name is Julie Strain. I started at Red Wing Software in 1995 when my youngest son was just two years old. That same son just had a baby girl, and I am now a grandparent for the first time. I have worn several hats during my time at Red Wing Software, but my current role is as an Implementation Consultant. A good portion of my job includes engaging with customers to help implement their accounting and payroll software. I also conduct training classes on our CenterPoint products. While we used to do training in many different locations, we now do all our training online. So, I miss getting out and meeting our customers in person. As part of my position at Red Wing Software, I am also involved with the Farm Financial Standards Council and the American Society of Agricultural Consultants. I have served on the leadership team for both organizations. Unlike many of our staff residing around Red Wing, MN, I am in Illinois. We split our time between our Illinois home and our home in Colorado. When I am not at work, you can find me hiking in the mountains, riding my bike, kayaking, and volunteering for several charitable and community organizations. Now, you can add babysitting to the list. My favorite pastime is spending time with my family. Last year, we took a phenomenal vacation to Croatia with our two sons, my two nieces, our nephew, and their significant others.

Notes from the President

Ken Hilton - President Red Wing Software

Over the 44-plus years that Red Wing Software has been in business, we have been able to hire great people and are fortunate that many have been with us for a long time. Our average length of employment by our team members with Red Wing Software is slightly over 22 years. We make every attempt to hire the right people and fully intend for them to remain with us until they decide to retire. We have two such team members that have reached that decision.
Dan Brimberry has been with us for almost 31 years, serving in several roles. Dan has been part of our internal Accounting team, Quality Assurance team, and most recently, our Design Manager for all our financial management products. Dan is also a CPA and has helped us ensure our offerings comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principals (GAAP). Dan’s last day will be October 6th.
Julie Strain has been a part of the team for almost 28 years and has worn many hats. Starting in support, she became our primary instructor for classroom training and online webinars, has worked with the sales department to help make sure our products were a good fit for new customers, and most recently works as an Implementation Consultant assisting new users set up complex business structures to get the most out of our software. Julie’s last day will be September 29th.
Both longtime team members will be sorely missed, but rest assured we have the right people in place to fill the gaps these retirements create. We wish Dan and Julie the best in their retirements, and we’re certain they will have plenty to do to fill their newly acquired time.
Finally, after occupying the same building for around 27 years, this month, we will be relocating to a space more conducive to the way we do business today. The headquarters will remain in Red Wing, MN, at a more convenient location for those who spend the most time physically in the office. I am a big proponent of good change: although sometimes challenging, it’s always exciting.