When Don Lins was a senior in high school, he realized his calling was to work with numbers.
So, after graduating, he got a degree in accounting. That eventually led him to Boardman & Clark, where he has worked in the accounting department for 21 years.
Although Lins is officially a billing clerk, he has the knowledge and skill to merit any number of titles. When the firm decided to embark on a software-transition project, Lins took a lead role, taking part in meetings and demonstrations with several software companies.
“I have worked with Don since he joined the firm in 1999,” said Lisa Statz, office manager. “Don’s attention to detail and dedication to helping our accounting department run flawlessly is remarkable. He stepped up to the plate over the last couple of years to help with the implementation of our new accounting software and spent countless hours learning and helping to train others in his department on that program.”
Bringing in the new software was like taking on a second job, Lins said. His duties as billing clerk are “sometimes overwhelming, especially over the last year selecting and implementing new accounting software.”
Things are constantly changing at Boardman & Clark and the job is therefore never dull, Lins said.
Outside work, Lins enjoys hunting and fishing. He has spent time in a bass club and enters a few tournaments each year.
“My most recent success was winning an Anglers Choice tournament on the Madison Chain of Lakes (in June).”
Lins said his father, Cletus, had a big influence on his life. Cletus grew up on a farm in Spring Green, fought in the Korean War and became an electrician and general contractor.
“He was a hard worker that displayed a great work ethic to me, but would often be laid off over the winters when the work slowed,” Lins said. “The layoffs as well as the extra burden on his body just working outdoors led me to pursue other options.”