The networking event that led to nuptials

Written on Feb 15, 2018

By Jessica Salerno, OSCPA content manager

LoveStoryIn honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re highlighting Ohio accounting couples the entire month of February. Find out how they met, their first impressions and how accounting factors into their love story. These CPA lovebirds range from newlyweds to those celebrating decades of marriage, so check back each week for the latest story.

Common dating advice is “you’ll meet someone when you least expect it.” Thanks to a Young CPAs event, this phrase rings true for one OSCPA member.

As a part of Young CPAs in 2014, Jordan Shulak, CPA, volunteered to help at the annual Columbus Blue Jackets event, where accountants and members from other professional groups have a chance to network at a game.

RobJordan“I was there early helping check everyone in,” she said.

That year, thanks to Jordan’s membership in both the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and OSCPA, she helped coordinate the central Ohio chapter of IIA’s attendance at the event. At one point during the night she ended up in conversation with IIA member Rob Blanchard.

“We started talking and realized we had a lot in common. We hit it off,” Jordan said. “We talked the entire game and even hung out afterwards with mutual friends.”

The couple found out they have more than just the profession in common. They learned they grew up about 45 minutes apart from each other in northern Ohio before relocating to Columbus, and both of their families have cabins in Michigan.

Two years later the couple married in Destin, Florida, the same place where Rob proposed.

She now goes by Jordan Shulak Blanchard, and said they live near Alum Creek State Park and love the outdoors, enjoying kayaking, hiking and staying active together. And like many couples whose careers overlap, Jordan said the support they receive from each other is beneficial.

“It’s interesting because he’s on the IT side of things and I’m on the business side,” Jordan said. “Everyone always says you have to have great conversations, and we actually do. It’s fun to understand what the other person does and provide input for each other and talk about different problems we’re facing.”

Although she now works at Nationwide, Jordan has a background in public accounting. Because Rob works for Crowe Horwath, it’s helpful to understand the expectations that come with working for a busy firm.

“I never anticipated this, and it was a great thing that came from being involved with Young CPAs,” Jordan said. “I’ve gotten a lot out of the group and this is definitely one thing I wasn’t expecting, and it’s been the best thing.”

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