RGCI-Thanksgiving Blog 2020

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays because it is not about what we can receive, but what we can give. It is an opportunity to reflect on the positive and not focus on the negative that seems to surround us daily.   Thanksgiving should be a state of mind we live in daily, and not confined to one day per year. Redstone GCI has a lot to be thankful for this year, we all do. We must dig deep within ourselves to see the blessing placed upon us each day and give thanks for those blessings each and every day. Above all, we are most thankful for God and His constant presence in our lives as we navigate each day and every occasion.

The year 2020 has looked a lot different than years past, but it has not impacted the love and support of family, friends, colleagues, and clients in which we give thanks. COVID hit us all hard, some more personally than others, and it has been an eye-opening experience for Redstone GCI, as we are sure it has been for everyone. We are thankful for the health of our employees, clients, family and friends. Without the level of care and attention to this pandemic that all those around us have put forth, this year could have been much worse, and for that we are so grateful. Words cannot describe the pride I feel for our team and the transition they quickly employed in order to stay safe during this pandemic, but also continue to work so very hard for our clients and firm. The dedication of our team is unprecedented and our respect for each team member grows daily. Through all the challenges and change brought on by 2020, it has never been clearer, that the employees of our firm care and they care deeply.

August marked the one-year anniversary of the loss of our beloved founder, Scott Butler. Some days it feels like he has been gone a lifetime and some days it feels like he is still with us and it is hard to resist the urge to pick up the phone for a quick call. We all miss Scott incredibly, but we are all better people for having known him. We are thankful for the foundation laid by Scott Butler for which Redstone GCI is built. Our firm is built on a platform that loves God and family and always does what is right, no matter the outcome. We are dedicated to quality, exceptional service and a deep affection for helping others. We are eternally thankful that our employees, their families, and many of our clients keep Scott’s memory alive by maintaining and upholding these standards he set for us all.

We are thankful for growth. Growth as a firm, but more importantly, growth for the families in our firm. This year we have had the pleasure of watching the members of our team grow within their families. Our employees have experienced high school and college graduations for their children, employee weddings, marriage engagements and the announcement of two new baby boys that will be arriving soon. We are filled with joy and happiness for our employees as their lives and families grow and prosper.

Last, but definitely not least, we are beyond thankful to our clients, who have also become our friends. The trusted relationships that we develop while working with our clients is so very rewarding and motivating. Our work is not easy, but it is because of our clients, that offer appreciation, understanding, and dedication, that make our hearts full and our drive powerful.

Written by Courtney Edmonson

Courtney Edmonson Courtney is the Chief Executive Officer for Redstone Government Consulting, Inc. She is responsible for guiding the direction of the organization after spending several years as a vital member of the consulting and management team. Her entrepreneurial mindset and deep knowledge of the company and the government contracting industry have enabled Courtney to provide financial and operational leadership for Redstone while implementing a strategic vision for Redstone’s team and company growth. Courtney has extensive experience with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) compliance, evaluation and preparation of Cost Presentations, cost accounting systems setup and reviews, and policy and procedure preparation. This technical experience gives her the background needed to lead a high-performing managerial team and the leadership skills necessary to establish a growth mindset within the organization. Prior to her career in consulting, Courtney served as a financial statement auditor for large and mid-tier government contractors. This experience helped her to develop a deep knowledge of the markets and industry in which Redstone operates. Courtney was both an Advisory and Assurance Consultant and a Government Contracts Consultant with the CPA firm, Beason & Nalley, Inc., where she first provided services for various industries before focusing on risk assessments in the government contracting industry. Courtney is a lead instructor for the Federal Publication Seminars courses, “Government Contractor Accounting System Compliance,” and “Accounting Compliance – Training Academy” and provides class instruction for other compliance courses and webinars such as “Preparation of Incurred Cost Submissions,” “Cost Accounting Standards,” and “FAR Part 31, Cost Principles.” She is a CPA licensed in Alabama and holds a Master of Accountancy from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a BS in Accounting from Jacksonville State University.

About Redstone GCI

Redstone GCI is a consulting firm focused on fulfilling the needs of government contractors in all areas of compliance. With a singular mission to help contractors through the multiple layers of “red tape,” we allow contractors to focus on what they do best – support their mission with the U.S. Government. We are home to a group of consultants made up of GovCon industry professionals, CPAs, attorneys, and retired government audit and acquisition professionals.

Our focus and knowledge of audit and compliance functions administered by DCAA and DCMA will always be at the heart of what we do. However, for the past decade, we’ve strategically grown to support other areas of the government contractor back-office with that same level of focus and expertise. We’ve added expertise in contracts management, subcontract administration, proposal pricing, various software systems, HR and employment law, property administration, manufacturing, data analytics/reporting, Grant specialists, M&A, and many other areas. When we see a trend in the needs of contractors, we act to ensure we can provide the best expertise in the market to fulfill those needs.

One thing our clients can be certain of is that with the Redstone GCI Team in your corner, there is no problem too big and no issue too technical for our team to tackle.

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