Candace Fronk

Central Oregon has had a long history of drawing fearless characters to its valleys, willing to risk it all to carve out a life in the shadows of volcanic mountains. That resilience in character is what has shaped this country and can still be found in today’s women entrepreneurs. One such trailblazer has made her home in Bend. She has consistently stood against the norm by breaking into professional roles traditionally held by men. As she is entering the final year of her career, it is worth noting and appreciating what she has achieved over her lifetime.

Candace S. Fronk was born and raised in Central Oregon. She has played a supportive role in developing Bend’s professional community through the years as an active member in Women Entrepreneurs of Oregon, Bend Chamber of Commerce, and former Chapter President of Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants. After graduating from Eastern Oregon University with summa cum laude honors in 1983, she returned home to Bend to begin her vocation in public accounting. Her career spans over thirty years in the industry, and she is currently the managing partner at Price Fronk & Co. Even as she is preparing to retire, she will continue to serve in her new role as Chair of the Oregon Board of Accountancy per the Governor of Oregon’s appointment.

Candace became a Certified Public Accountant in 1984 at a time when the road to becoming a partner in public accounting was one which few women had traveled. In the 1980s, less than four percent of partners of the largest accounting firms in the country were women. Although we have come far in the industry over the last thirty years with women exceeding men in college graduates with accounting degrees, less than half of CPA firms, regardless of size, are owned by women. Having witnessed and experienced the challenges for women throughout her career, Candace became a strong advocate to raise up the next generations of women into positions of leadership. Her firm boasts that three of its four partners are women. Additionally, two of the three firm managers are young women who hope to follow in her footsteps. Her firm also has several other young women who are early on in their careers as accountants who hope to grow in the profession. With her open-door policy and making time to train accountants of all skill levels, Candace has ensured that the next generation is well equipped to continue her legacy.

To create a legacy, one must provide more value than what they ask for in return. One of Candace’s best qualities is her ability to care for others. She has volunteered on several community boards, including the American Red Cross (2000-2010), Hospice of Redmond & Sisters (2002-2011), and the Pediatric Foundation (2015-present). Her firm is heavily involved with non-profits in the community and has provided them substantial technical and financial support throughout the years. Caring for people also extends to her employees, which is evidence that she goes beyond the standard of professional leadership and that she leads with her heart. She has been known to serve her homemade pies to her employees at meetings and to ensure that no employee spends the holidays alone. With consistency in professional excellence and compassion towards her community, Candace always goes above and beyond the expectation of any great leader.

Young girls are often told they can accomplish whatever their hearts desire. Full of hopes and dreams, these girls grow up to become women who are immediately faced with road blocks in their pursuit to fulfill those aspirations. The path to success is often made easier when there are those who have forged ahead, plotting a course for others to follow. It is with great pride that Candace Fronk may stand with other women who are also being recognized for lifetime achievements. They are much more than a symbol of what younger girls may hope to accomplish; they are real people abiding, mentoring, and serving in this great community.

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Credentials and Professional Affiliations:

Certified Public Accountant – State of Oregon (#5456)

Licensed Municipal Auditor – State of Oregon (#0972)

Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Member of the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants

Associate Member – Government Finance Officers Association

AICPA Certificate of Educational Achievement in Governmental Auditing and Accounting

Registered Investment Advisor, Ascent Capital Management, LLC

Community Involvement

Oregon Board of Accountancy – Board Chair, present

Oregon Board of Accountancy – Board member, 2014-2017

Hospice of Redmond & Sisters – Treasurer, 2002-2011

American Red Cross Board Chair – Disaster Volunteer Director, 2000-2010

Oregon Society of CPAs – Legislative Policy Committee 2003-2009

Oregon Society of CPAs – Past Chapter President

Bend Chamber of Commerce – Member

Pediatric Foundation, Treasurer, 2015 – present

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Candace Fronk has dedicated her life towards serving her community and being an advocate for women in leadership positions. She is a Certified Public Accountant and acts as managing partner for Price Fronk & Co. She serves as Chair of Oregon’s Board of Accountancy and has served as past Chapter President of the Oregon Society of CPAs. Additionally, her firm boasts that most of its partners and managers are women.

She has served on the board of organizations such as American Red Cross, Hospice of Redmond & Sisters, and the Pediatric Foundation. Her firm is heavily involved with non-profits in the community, providing them substantial support throughout the years.

With over 30 years of service, Candace has helped shape the professional environment of Central Oregon.

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