By: Brittany Nguon, GWWIB Ambassador
Vicky Outtarac was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. After surviving the Cambodian Genocide from 1975-79, she and her family of six immigrated to the United States in 1981. Although they came with nothing to America, Outtarac was determined to make a better future for herself. With the love and support of her mom, her only surviving parent at the time, Outtarac went to college and graduated with a B.A. in Accountancy in 1991. Since then, Outtarac has worked to build her career at several companies, including DOMA Technologies, LLC, and is now residing in Virginia Beach, VA with her husband and son.
What is your current job?
"I am currently employed with DOMA Technologies, LLC and am the Director of Finance and Accounting. I have been working with DOMA for 17 years and I have grown professionally with and alongside DOMA. To this date, I continue to manage all the finances, investments and customers’ accounts and invoices for the company and I assist the HR Department as well. "
What do you enjoy about your job?
"The reason I love my job is because I love being a finance leader. I enjoy seeing the financial aspect of things, I like knowing how well the company is doing financially. What I mean is, every project, every strategy session, and every critical decision my company makes will have my fingerprint on it in a good way. I love being asked for my or my team's participation in these critical items. It gives me great job satisfaction that significantly outweighs the hours, the stress, and the hard work. They are all part of my life, but the payoff is having an impact on my company that I can "own". Most of all, I love to solve problems-- which is my favorite part of the work, to analyze the numbers and the data in the accounts, to find and fix errors, and to make strategic recommendations for the business."
What is the most difficult part of your job?
"The hardest thing about my job is to balance my personal and professional career. I make sure that I am there for my family when they need me the most."
What advice do you have to any college students hoping to major in Accounting, Finance, or any other business-related field?
"My advice for Accounting and Finance students is to develop their leadership skills while in college, to continue learning, and to be more than "number crunchers”. They should be able to solve problems and make decisions for the company. Additionally, you need to take courses and excel in them, which will play a big role in your accounting career. Finally, never give up. "