CNH’s Deb Childs set to retire

For the past twelve years, any one interacting with CNH Architects on the financial side of things has interacted with Deb Childs in one way or another. Childs serves as CNH’s accountant and handles many of the organization’s human resources responsibilities as well. She plans to retire in April, after a full career in which she was able to contribute in many different ways.

Childs started her career as an elementary school teacher and librarian. Soon after, she completed a Master’s degree and worked in telecommunications for years. Together with her husband, she owned and operated an engineering consulting firm. It was during this time that she handled all of the accounting, taxes, and administrative duties that set her up to succeed in her role at CNH. Throughout these careers, Childs also spent time staying at home caring for and raising her three children.

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When Childs joined CNH in the summer of 2010, the organization was planning a move to QuickBooks accounting software right after she started. Deb recalls that “thankfully, I was familiar with the program so the transition was not too difficult.” Later on, CNH would change over to Ajera accounting software. Ajera offered more detailed functionality suited to the financial world of architecture and design.

The economy also looked a lot different in 2010: “When I started at CNH, the economy at that time affected our business significantly. It has been a real encouragement to see the continued growth in the industry since that time and the increase it has meant for CNH with clients, projects, revenues, and staff,” she said.

Childs also noted she has enjoyed learning many of the human resources functions and trends with changes in the workplace and in benefits in recent years.


When asked about the highlight of working at CNH, she said there are many, but visiting projects sites and witnessing the process is one of the top.

“The opportunity to see some of the results of the projects that the architects and designers have worked on. For me, it was always fun to go to a client site when a project finished to see the work. I have often been impressed with the designs, buildings, and creativity that is part of the finished project.”

It is also the people who have kept her around.

“One of my favorite things about working at CNH has been the people, and also will be the thing I will miss the most. I have enjoyed working with all the staff plus interacting with some of the clients and consultants. I have also been grateful for the flexibility and the great work environment here at CNH over the years. I couldn’t have asked for a nicer place to work to finish my career!”

The Next Phase

Childs plans to spend more time with her grandchildren, along with some travel and ministry work, noting that she will have plenty to keep her busy, but as for her very first plans post-retirement?

“My first plan is to sit on my deck, have a cup of tea, and watch the birds for a while!”

Congratulations, Deb. You deserve it!

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