Christy Bookhout joined Stonebriar Commercial Finance in 2017 as an integral part of its launch and currently serves as senior accountant and financial technology liaison. Her expansive responsibilities range from preparing financial reporting and performing general ledger account reconciliations to assisting with the implementation and integration of accounting and finance IT solutions. Beyond her official position, Bookhout is a founding member of Stonebriar’s Social Responsibility Committee, a group dedicated to enacting positive change and contributing to the well-being of the surrounding community.
VISION FOR THE FUTURE:
“As an industry, it is imperative we remain passionate in our pursuit of diversity long term. Given that gender neutrality and ethnic variety fuel innovation, it is our duty as current and developing leaders to deliver an ongoing, inherently inclusive culture. Looking forward, I envision a united equipment finance industry representative of all demographics collectively cultivating positive change.”
Prior to her role at Stonebriar, Bookhout was a revered talent at Venturity Financial Partners, an outsourced accounting firm designed as an alternative to traditional in-house accounting departments. At her departure, Venturity founder Chris McKee said she had “contributed mightily” in all areas of the company and described working with Bookhout as an “absolute pleasure.”
Bookhout’s strong accounting foundation and acute understanding of financial technology have prepared her for the unavoidable evolution of accounting dictated by the technological advancements of the 21st century. In response to this modern day technology renaissance, Bookhout concentrated much of her 2021 organizational efforts on aiding in actualizing IT initiatives and streamlining accounting operations via financial software integration.
As a developing industry leader, Bookhout’s industry engagement doesn’t simply end with her departmental duties. She is a regular attendee of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s annual Women’s Leadership Forum and Lease and Finance Accountants Conference. Furthermore, Bookhout is an earnest advocate for the equipment finance industry’s assorted diversification initiatives as she recognizes the crucial contributions attributable to diversity’s presence. Long term, Bookhout aspires to serve on the ELFA Women’s Council, knowing the integral part it will play in the gender diversification of a historically male-dominated industry.
Outside of the office, Bookhout volunteers her time toward various philanthropic programs and organizations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including participating in community waterway cleanups, packaging and delivering meals for impoverished families and contributing to nonprofit animal rescue operations. She is also pursuing a double master’s degree in accounting and ITM at the University of Texas at Dallas and relishes learning about accounting/IT synergy in the perpetually transforming modern age of technology.
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