Intuit Quickbooks announced Dionne Marie Smith as a grand prize winner in its 2016 “Firm of the Future” contest. Smith and four other accountants were selected from more than 450 entries nationwide.

Winners were chosen from essays they wrote about business issues facing them as they adopt a new business model and new way of working with customers. The award includes coaching with Ronald Baker, CPA, internationally known business coach and a Firm of the Future “summit meeting” in Napa Valley, California—along with a bit of expense money to sweeten the trip.

Smith founded Accountex, Inc. dba SmithBooks Accounting, in 2010, after nearly 20 years specializing in construction accounting in the Jacksonville area. During that time, technology has changed everything, automating the most tedious tasks of everyday transactions.

Smith calls Quickbooks Online a game changer for small business owners. “The switch to cloud-based accounting gives business owners instant access to their financial situation. No more waiting till the end of the quarter or the end of the year to know if a project has been successful.”

“Instead of business reports delivering just a snapshot of the past, cloud-based accounting gives you real-time information for sound decision making in a turbulent economy.”

A certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor, Smith has served as a beta tester for Intuit accounting software since 2013. Quickbooks Online is the industry standard for business accounts around the world.

Mobile accountants like Smith bring value to the equation with their industry knowledge and practical business insights on operations, planning, and finance. Says Smith, “I use technology as a tool that frees me to spend more time with my customers. I want to be an asset to their business, not just a cost.”

Dionne serves as Executive Secretary for Rotary International of Ponte Vedra Beach and Rotary Foundation. She works with Montoya and Associates in Ponte Vedra Beach and Sandler Training in Jacksonville, among other firms.

Dionne Marie Smith

President, SmithBooks Accounting, Inc.