Pam Stelzer, business development senior manager at Baker Tilly, has more than 18 years of experience in client service and business development within public and private accounting and auditing. Markets include emerging, middle market and large private and public entities. She has transitioned from financial statement auditor to business development role as a trusted advisor, exceptional relationship builder, and proven identifier of clients’ needs and challenges. She is responsible for business development efforts in audit, tax, accounting and consulting services across all industries at Baker Tilly. he is on the board of directors at Valleywise Health Foundation and previously at Foundation for Blind Children. Stelzer has chaired fundraisers, guided blind climbers to the summit of Kilimanjaro and received the Cardinals Community Quarterback Award.

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Lesson learned in 2020: “The business leaders who led with empathy during the pandemic were the most successful. We learned the critical importance of adaptability, compassion, creativity and gratitude with our employees and clients.”

Source of pride: “Mentoring. I love to be a part of the formal and informal mentoring processes. Helping empower staff to overcome obstacles, gain confidence, grow technically, earn promotions and ultimately excel is extremely rewarding.”

Surprising fact: “I swam Alcatraz to raise funds for a local charity. I’m passionate about community service and fitness. When I am able to combine them, it’s magical.”