Employee Spotlight – Hayley Holden


Meet Hayley, a tax preparer at PHB. Hayley joined the firm in January of 2020 as an administrative assistant soon after she and her family relocated to Tennessee from Tucson, Arizona. In her role as an admin assistant, Hayley answered phones, processed tax returns, helped with firm IT changes and oversaw many special projects. The admin role allowed Hayley to work with all of the departments, and gave her an inside look to the various roles in the firm. As her time at PHB lengthened, she discovered she was drawn to the tax side of the business. Given that she’s a quick learner and extremely organized, it made sense for Hayley to dig deeper into a role in tax. After a training period filled with one-on-one training, webinars, continuing professional education and lots of practice, Hayley proved herself in this area and was added to the tax team as a preparer. We are thrilled to see her grow professionally with us!

Hayley is also a professional baker, she spoils the staff with incredibly tasty and beautiful pastries and treats! She and her husband, James have two sons, Joel (11) and Ezra (10) and their sweet rescue pup, Chick Pea. Since moving to Tennessee, Hayley and her crew have truly enjoyed exploring the lush beauty of this part of the country, as it is vastly different from the desert they were used to.

Here are a few fun questions to let us get to know Hayley even better:

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? I would want to be in the audience when The Beatles played The Ed Sullivan Show.

If you were an animal what would you be? If I were an animal, I would be a bee. I am always busy, I love gardening and plants of any kind, I will protect and defend my young, and I love being a part of a team with a common goal.

If you were to write a self-help book, what would the topic be? If I were to write a self-help book, the topic would be different strategies to reduce and cope with stress.

Least favorite Food? My least favorite food is any sort of soft cheese.

Motto or personal mantra? I would like to say that my personal mantra is “let it be” but in actuality it is probably “work hard, then work harder”.

People would be surprised if they knew: People are usually surprised to find out that I was extremely overweight for most of my life and that I lost over a hundred pounds after having my children.

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? If I won the lottery, I wouldn’t buy anything, I would save and invest!

What is the weirdest job you’ve ever had? I don’t think that I’ve ever had a “weird” job. I managed a call center when I was in high school and college that did political surveys for CNN.

What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? The weirdest thing I have ever eaten is probably tempeh. Tempeh originated in Indonesia and is basically a loaf made from fermented soy beans.