Hello! My name is Liz Valles. I am the president and owner of Calico Consulting and I specialize in small business accounting.
I have been in finance and accounting my entire life. My very first job was as a bookkeeper for a law firm while I was still in high school. I loved accounting and was good at it.
I graduated from The University of Colorado with degrees in Finance & Marketing. I then went on to spend 7 years as a Financial Analyst for US West. While at US West, I worked with new product teams to develop financial projections for their business cases and assisted in pricing new products and services.
I left US West in 1994 to become the Controller & first employee hired for Horizon Organic Dairy. Being a start-up and working for the ultimate entrepreneurs, Mark Retzloff and Barney Feinblum , I had to wear many hats in addition to setting up the accounting department, hiring the staff and laying the groundwork for the company to grow.
For the first 2 years at Horizon, if it wasn’t “selling it or making it” – it was my job as Barney use to say. I played an instrumental part in taking Horizon Organic Dairy from 5 employees and $4 million in sales in 1994 to 80 employees and over $49 million in sales in 1999. In July of 1998, Horizon went public having raised over $33 million in a very successful Initial Public Offering. I left Horizon in May of 1999 to start Calico Consulting.
I saw a niche and knew there were many other small-medium sized companies who could gain from my years of experience. I have worked in the manufacturing, distribution & services industries- with a broad spectrum of clients ranging from food & beverage, high fashion apparel & aircraft production to fitness equipment, high tech, software & financial services.
Working on projects from two months to four years, I have helped many companies take that next step. I understand the “nuts and bolts” of properly setting up accounting systems and I am very hands-on. This provides you with the ultimate value of a high level experienced accountant who can fill the roles of a controller, accounting manager or bookkeeper.
The Story Behind Calico
Wysteria and Caley were my two calico cats who inspired the name of the company and were my office mates until I had to say good-bye to Caley at the ripe old age of 19 years and Wysteria , even older , at almost 24 years.
The Lucky Cat
I liked the name Calico Consulting and I knew it was meant to be when I was told about The Lucky Cat. In Japanese culture, the calico cat is considered to be a very lucky cat that will bring wealth and fortune. They are often called “the money cat.” Well… there you go and the rest was history!
Some of My Past Clients include
Dairy & Organics
Pilates Equipment Manufacturing
Third Street Chai
Organic Chai and Teas
Manufacturers of Custom Turbo Business Jets
Sounds True, Inc.
Multimedia Publishing Company
Maruca Designs, Inc.
High-end Women’s Fashion Accessories
Twisted Pine Brewery
Boulder College of Massage
ACIES Networks, Inc.
Medical Simulation Corp.
SaaS Collaborative Software