Samantha Dye is an Assurance Manager at GBQ Partners LLC, the largest independent accounting and consulting firm in Central Ohio. Samantha provides audit type services and is a business advisor to clients in the non-profit, manufacturing, restaurant and service industries.
Samantha has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University, where she majored in Accounting. She joined GBQ in the fall of 2010 as an Assurance Staff member and earned her CPA designation shortly thereafter. Samantha married her husband Spencer in 2013. They had their first child, Arlo, in November 2014. In addition to being a wife, mother and professional, Samantha, in December 2014, became a Board of Directors member of Homeport. She co-chairs Homeport’s Finance and Audit Committee.
Why are you passionate about the Homeport mission?
Homeport raises the awareness that “it all starts at home,” which I think is such a crucial thing to know and understand. When a child doesn’t have a safe place to go after school or safe place to sleep at night, they cannot focus on learning and developing. When an adult doesn’t have an affordable home to live in and the bills are piling up, it’s nearly impossible to lead a healthy lifestyle or focus on family or a job. These are the issues Homeport addresses and why I’m passionate about Homeport. Providing affordable housing can jump-start a stable, happy, healthy and successful life for many into the future.
What would you tell a friend who was considering getting involved with Homeport as a donor or volunteer?
I wanted to increase my involvement in the community and do my part to give back, but there were so many different organizations doing amazing things that it wasn’t easy to decide where my time and resources would fit best. When I learned about Homeport and the extraordinary work it does, it really hit home for me. Homeport not only ensures that families have safe, decent and affordable homes, but it provides resources and a helping hand to get individuals back on their feet. Whether that’s providing them an affordable home, giving their children books to read, or teaching them how to be financially responsible adults, Homeport really does it all.
What do you feel is the most critical aspect of affordable housing in Columbus and Central Ohio?
The community needs to be aware that not only is affordable housing needed, but that it can positively impact our community, our children, which ultimately defines the future of Columbus and Central Ohio.