Key Figures was formed when five bookkeepers, each with their own personal history in the world of cooperatives, found themselves working together in a growing local bookkeeping practice in Austin Texas. Our backgrounds range from worker co-ops to housing and consumer co-ops, as well as nearly all areas of financial management, small business management, and non-profit social justice work. In the spring of 2014, Andi Shively, co-founder of Cooperation Texas, a nonprofit worker cooperative incubator, started her own freelance bookkeeping practice, and began hiring other skilled people she met through her work at Cooperation Texas. By the summer of 2015, conversations began around the idea of converting the practice into Texas' first financial services worker cooperative, leading to the first steps being taken in early 2016. Key Figures officially formed as a worker-owned entity in the summer of 2017, with the cooperative officially taking ownership of Andi's bookkeeping practice on September 1st. Together, we strive to provide the most high quality service possible for our clients, and an exciting opportunity for other bookkeepers to make a fulfilling career move by joining our growing, inclusive team of financial service professionals.
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Key Figures provides reliable, professional bookkeeping and financial services to a wide variety of small businesses, non-profits, and cooperatives in central Texas and nationwide.
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We're looking to expand our team with skilled bookkeeping professionals interested in being part of our unique organization.
Andi Shively has been building administrative and financial systems for businesses and non-profits for 15 years. She specializes in budgeting and business planning, excels at translating accounting-ese into understandable language, and gets a thrill out of a smoothly running system. Andi holds an MS in Community Economic Development and currently serves as the President of the Austin Cooperative Business Association. Originally from Columbus, OH, Andi moved to Austin, TX in 2002, following her true loves: sunshine, swimming holes, and live music. She is excited to leverage her experience in cooperative development, small business planning, and non-profit management as part of the Key Figures team.
Dana Curtis is a native Texan and attended the University of Texas at Dallas before attending graduate school at Texas Woman’s University. She left academia to join the labor movement as an organizer before getting involved in cooperatives. As one of the founding members of the Workers’ Assembly at Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery, she oversaw the membership and investment campaign which brought the Co-op from a dream to reality. She currently serves as the Board President of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the Treasurer of Shared Capital Cooperative. She has two cats, one dog, and a teenager.
Cathy has over seven years of bookkeeping experience. As one of the founding owners of Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery, Cathy was responsible for all bookkeeping, tax and compliance matters. Cathy understands what it means to run a small business, and now enjoys helping other small businesses make sense of their finances. A firm believer in the cooperative model, Cathy served on the board of Cooperation Texas, and is excited to be a worker-owner once again. Additionally, Cathy has a legal assistant certification from the University of Texas at Austin, and has over five years’ experience as a paralegal. Cathy grew up in the UK, and obtained a BA (Honors) in Sociology from the University of Essex. She has lived in Austin for nearly 20 years, is an avid animal lover and enjoys being out in nature.
Has been interested in accounting since high school, where he competed and placed 7th at the University Interscholastic League State wide competition. While attending the McCombs School of Business at UT he was a board member and treasurer of a student housing cooperative. His favorite part of the job is increasing productivity by integrating different accounting, financial and business software. He is the Founding Treasurer at La Reunion Cooperative Apartment and was the Bookkeeper for Sunflower Cooperative. He currently serves as the Board Treasurer and Advocacy Committee Chair of the Austin Cooperative Business Association. Ryan is a Certified Quickbooks Online ProAdvisor and speaks fluent Spanish.
A bookkeeper and business manager since 2004, Eldon led the conversion of Shot In The Dark Cafe in Tucson, AZ, into a worker cooperative in 2007, where he designed, implemented, and facilitated democratic decision-making and equitable compensation processes for a ~20-member team. After moving to Austin in 2013, he started Eldon's Helpful Bookkeeping, a freelance practice serving small businesses in a variety of industries in the Austin area. He later co-founded a local grassroots civic engagement non-profit, Left Up To US, in early 2016, and was the Co-Field Director in Travis and Hays Counties for the Rebecca Bell-Metereau for State Board of Education Campaign in the fall of 2016. An organizer committed to a more democratic and equitable world, Eldon views cooperatives as integral to this vision. He is a Certified Quickbooks Online ProAdvisor, and he also loves Austin's warm weather, hiking, bicycling, and swimming.
Amber has over seventeen years of experience in bookkeeping and accounting. After working as a controller for seven years, she started her own bookkeeping company. A year or so later, she joined Key Figures as an Account Manger. She has a AA Degree in English from Austin Community College is currently a Business Administration Major at Letourneau University. She also has a Bookkeeper Certification from the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers and is a Certified Quickbooks Online ProAdvisor. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and escapes to the beach anytime she can.
Bookkeeper & Administration Manager
Carmen Young is a bookkeeper who has worked either freelance or contractually for eleven years. She has lived and worked in Oakland, CA, Chicago, IL, and Austin, TX over those years and is a devoted mother to her dog, cat, and human child. She has a Fine Art Photography BFA from Academy of Art University and spent years as a professional photographer. She was also the Office Manager and Bookkeeper for Quack's Coffee Shop. Though most average people scoff at the burden of poring over numbers and crunching them under their feet, Carmen welcomes the challenge, drawing from her well of type A amazing-ness and close attention to detail.
A native Texan with an advanced degree in fine arts and over twenty years experience working with adults and children with special needs, Marianne began a career in bookkeeping in 2012 at Satellite Bookkeeping and has worked with a variety of small businesses doing bookkeeping in the Austin area. She completed the Accounting/Bookkeeping series at Austin Community College and is also a Certified Quickbooks Online ProAdvisor. She has a Fine Arts BA from Bard College and a Fine Arts and Ceramics MFA from the University of Miami. Marianne is a also a yoga and meditation practitioner and in her spare time she enjoys making art in her garage studio and fostering dogs.
After starting her career in operations and human resources for a national retailer in New York City, Kalynn found her niche helping small businesses and hasn't looked back. She returned to Texas in 2010, and quickly found she enjoys the more personal aspect of working with small companies and individuals. She received her degree from Texas State University, and is a Certified Quickbooks Online ProAdvisor. In her spare time she serves on the board of children's school PTA, enjoys spending time with her family, and crafting.