Jennah Purk, CPA, MST, is a Co- Founding Shareholder and CFO of Purk & Associates, PC, the nationally recognized, award winning accounting and management consulting firm she co-founded in 2009. Her focus is working with closely held businesses and business owners on matters of taxation, accounting, operations, mergers and acquisition, access to capital, succession strategies, and IRS representation. She has also carved out a niche in the healthcare industry working with physician groups, assisted living and long-term care facilities.
Since its founding, Purk & Associates has made a name for itself as one of the “Best Places to Work.” They won the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2010 and 2016 “Best Places to Work” for the small company category and recognized as a Top 5 Finalist in 2012, 2013 and 2015. The firm was selected from 2014 -17 as one of Accounting Today’s “Top 100 Best Accounting Firms to Work For,” and from 2014-16, Purk & Associates made Inc. Magazine’s 500 | 5000 list. Jennah is involved with a significant number of civic organizations, for-profit and not-for-profit boards, and industry groups. She is the past president of the National Association of Woman Business Owners (NAWBO) St. Louis Chapter and served on the national NAWBO board. Jennah serves on the public boards of St. Louis Bank, Seventh Wave Labs, The Audit Group, LLC, Legit Supplements, Inc., Nutrition HQ, LLC, and Healthcare Marketing Associates.
Jennah as a recipient of the 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year, and she and her business partner were named the 2014 SBA Small Business Team of the Year for Eastern Missouri. She serves on the Mercy Foundation Board and the Central Institute for the Deaf (CID). She is a former board member of Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) St. Louis chapter, and a recipient of the St. Louis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” Jennah is a serial entrepreneur. Her passion for health and fitness has led to her most recent ventures to co-launch NutritionHQ (NHQ), a leading supplement and vitamin e-commerce company; The Bend, a salon and barber located in Webster Groves, MO; and Fuzion Salon & Spa located in St. Louis.
What do you love most about Your City?
What I love most about St. Louis is that it is an incredible place to be an entrepreneur because the business climate is supportive of business owners. The other reason why St. Louis is a wonderful place to live is the family friendly environment. There is so much for families to do in St. Louis from the arts and culture, educational experiences, and all the sports programs.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
I rarely sit down for breakfast. My go-to breakfast is usually a healthy smoothie made with the nutritional supplements and vitamins I need to keep my energy up and mind focused.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – I am either getting my twin son and daughter ready for school, or at the gym lifting weights and involved with some type of cardio workout.
10:00 AM – One of my main responsibilities for Purk & Associates is new business development and client management so I am often meeting with prospects, colleagues and clients.
12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
I usually don’t slow down to eat lunch. I tend to graze on heathy snacks throughout the day.
If I do have lunch, my favorite lunch spot is Blue Sky Tower Grill for two reasons. The first is because they have a wonderful, varied menu to satisfy any palette and diet, and the second is the location…the restaurant is located on the first floor of the building where Purk & Associates is located.
7:00 PM - I spend time with my family, Ricky, my husband, and my 8-year-old twin son and daughter. During the weeknights, we’ll work on homework with the kids, and play games, generally card games, and chill. On the weekends, we love to attend live sporting events, go to concerts and visit local community events.
11:00 PM – By 11:00 p.m. it is lights out! We need our rest because the fun begins early the next day!
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
I drink Smartwater throughout the day! It’s the only real beverage that keeps me hydrated and sane.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
My mot used app is Uber. I often use Uber during a business day because it allows me to still stay productive doing work while someone else is driving. We use it frequently for social outings because it is easier to be dropped off at the front of the place where you need to go with two kids versus driving around looking for a parking spot!
My favorite Instagram accounts are The Bend Salon, and Fuzion Salon & Spa. These are two salons and spas my husband Ricky and I own.
What should everyone try at least once?
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
I enjoy getting lost in the moment when I’m with my kids and husband. Our weekdays are hectic, so we do everything we can to keep our weekends focused on family. Before you know it, the twins will be adults, and I want to make sure that when we’re all older we remember the experiences and quality time spent together.