The Bean Counters

  • Megan Genest Tarnow
    Megan Genest Tarnow Principal

    Megan founded the Mobius Group in 2000 with a vision of providing rock-solid financials to small nonprofit organizations. She comes from a long line of small business people, and began working in her family’s hearing aid dealership at the age of 10. With a BA in Theatre from Gustavus Adolphus College with a focus on Directing, she’s a pro at keeping an eye on both the details and the big picture, and she knows how to translate Accounting into Plain English. Her global viewpoint  was honed during four years in Japan with her husband, Tom, where she taught English, studied Japanese, performed butoh, and gave birth to her oldest son.

    She first became a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor in 2002, is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP), has a Mini-MBA in NonProfit Finance from the University of Saint Thomas, and spent over a year manning the phones doing tech support for QuickBooks Made Easy. She is a long-time member of the NonProfit Financial Group of Minnesota, started the QuickBooks for Nonprofits group on Facebook, and is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of the Charities Review Council. Basically, she takes this nonprofit finance stuff REALLY seriously.

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  • Shea Tarnow
    Shea Tarnow Accounting Associate

    Shea specializes in app discovery and adoption at The Mobius Group, as well as managing the accounts payable division of Mobius’ operations. Impatient and unsatisfied with inefficient tools and processes, he is always trying to find ways to make financial processes simpler and faster so that Mobius can deliver timely and accurate financial data. Shea is working towards being proficient in a number of programming languages in order to create custom solutions for QuickBooks Online, and eventually sees himself moving towards the technology sector of small business and nonprofit accounting. Shea currently lives in Casas Grandes, CHIH, Mexico with his girlfriend Vanessa and their three dogs.

    Shea is a certified Bill.com “Guru” and is Quickbooks Online certified.

  • Zeus Carrete
    Zeus Carrete Accounting Associate

    Zeus began working with Mobius in 2017, after several years of working in various Finance and HR roles. Always one to help organization with their needs, as he gained knowledge, he shared his expertise with Emerge Community Development as a volunteer tax preparer, and now sits on the board at Stonewall Sports Minneapolis as their Financial Director. We are fortunate to have him on board helping Mobius and our clients’ needs. His friendly nature and positive attitude are second nature and the bonus is his fantastic attention to detail.

    If he isn’t riding around on his bike during a 24 hour ride, he’ll be ensuring that your accounting is up to speed.

    Zeus is our payroll “Guru” and is Quickbooks Online certified.

     

  • Brian Wald
    Brian Wald Accounting Associate

    Brian joined The Mobius Group in October 2018. Brian is responsible for ensuring client financial statements are submitted accurately and in a timely manner.  He works closely with team members to ensure client ongoing accounting is maintained and is up to Mobius’ established high standards.  In addition to certifications in QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Desktop,  Brian has extensive experience with excel spreadsheets, setting up accounting systems, creating budgets, and working with business and scenario planning.

    Brian came to The Mobius Group with extensive financial and accounting experience in the nonprofit sector.   For twelve years, Brian has served as Manager of MAP for Nonprofits’ (now Propel) Accounting and Finance Services.  In the role, Brian developed relationships with nonprofit organization executives and boards and coordinated their financial needs with a talented team of accounting consultants. Prior to this,  Brian worked in various financial and accounting roles with two Minneapolis nonprofits, Public Radio International (PRI) and Arts Midwest.

    Outside of the office, Brian enjoys outdoor activities, sports, movies, music and most of all family and friends.  He especially loves fishing and when he is not on a Minnesota lake searching for the next one to not get away, he is spending time with his family or friends. Brian received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Moorhead State University (now University of Minnesota – Moorhead).

History + Vision

Since 2000, The Mobius Group has provided accounting consulting to mission-driven nonprofit organizations using a simple concept to propel its work: create elegant solutions. An “elegant solution” is a mathematical and engineering term meaning to achieve the maximum desired result in the simplest possible way.  Think about that: the maximum desired result in the simplest possible way.

We know that some of you may see the whole accounting function as a necessary evil, with the emphasis on “evil”.  We’d put it back on “necessary.”  You bet, we “count the beans”. But we know in the end, the beans are not the point; they are a pivotal part of the end result — your mission, your purpose, your story.

We take our name from the Mobius strip, with its single surface — no inside, no outside, one continuous edge.  We partner with each client, building strong relationships.  No inside, no outside.  We build strong, accountable financial systems that provide crucial information to internal and external stakeholders.

We help you know where you stand, with solid data and a firm foundation to propel your actions. We believe this, like everything you do, is “mission-critical.” We keep you focused on your mission.

“Mobius Group helped our organization streamline our financial systems to help us focus on our mission with vigor and clarity. The staff is easy to work with and understand the challenges of nonprofits. I would recommend their services to anyone wanting best practices in financial stewardship of their donor given resources.”

Paul Danicic // Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

Our Clients

The Mobius Group isn’t a nonprofit, but we are proud to be a part of the community. We have worked with a lot of amazing groups over the years. Here are some of our past and present clients.

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