If dedication is defined as the effort someone puts in when nobody’s watching, then Robert Van Beusekom is the epitome of that sentiment.
As the manager of financial analysis and planning for Faegre Baker Daniels, he guided the firm through a major transition last year — and put in the hours to make it work, noted Laurie Schrader, Faegre’s chief financial officer.
“He stepped up his already significant contribution,” she said. “He is truly an unsung hero who deserves to be recognized.”
Last fall, just prior to the busy forecasting, billing and budgeting season, the firm’s other two seasoned financial analysts left for other opportunities. That left just Van Beusekom, who joked that he didn’t go home much after that.
What he did do was complete the budget without missing a deadline, while interviewing candidates to build his team, and managing other key planning processes. After bringing that focus into the hiring process, he’s helped put a team of five analysts in place, and relishes the chance to work on a variety of projects.
“I enjoy my work immensely here,” he said. “I especially enjoy being part of a finance team that helps chart the future of the firm, and we actually have a great deal of fun along the way.”