Heather A. Horst, CPA, MBA

Accounting Manager

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Ms. Horst is an active CPA with more than ten years of professional experience in corporate and public accounting. Heather continuously seeks to improve operations and is a firm believer in working smarter, not harder. She is an alumnus of the University of Baltimore and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA minoring in Finance. As the Accounting Manager for Straughan, she leads a team in performing full-cycle accounting functions and FP&A analysis. Heather’s areas of expertise include:

  • Full-cycle accounting
  • Auditing and financial analysis
  • Unanet ERP system management
  • Project accounting and analysis

“While I do not work directly on Straughan’s most impactful projects, I am firmly committed to supporting senior management and staff with any of their financial reporting needs. My goal is to improve workflows, reduce administrative burden, and enhance data timeliness and accuracy, allowing our project managers to focus on our clients’ needs.”

Tell us about your most exciting or rewarding project at Straughan.

In 2018, I assisted with the implementation of Unanet Financials, a Gov-Con ERP system. It was a lengthy undertaking that presented numerous challenges. In the end, it was a fantastic learning opportunity that allowed me to advance my accounting and reconciliation skills. The system continues to yield time-saving benefits and reporting enhancements to all employees at Straughan, and I am so pleased to have been a part of its success.

What do you like about working at Straughan?

Straughan has an incredible workplace culture. Management strives to engage with employees on a personal level, cultivating a healthy team atmosphere.

As a woman in the workplace, I feel a sense of encouragement at Straughan that I have not received through other employers. I am so proud that women hold many of our senior and leadership positions.

What are your favorite ways to care for our environment?

Over the past few years, I have strongly embraced minimalism and learning to live with less. I like to challenge myself to repurpose items in my home and look for ways to reduce food and shopping waste.