Work and family life can be a challenging balancing act for many, but Deborah Helton makes it look like a breeze.

For the last 13 years, Helton has been the director of Physician Group Services at BiggsKofford CPAs. Before the age of 30, Helton became the youngest partner at the locally owned accounting firm.

And part of that success is setting the standard of what a working mother can accomplish, said Chris Blees, president and CEO of BiggsKofford CPAs.

“She knows how to balance her family life, employees and clients,” he said. “Other employees really look up to Deborah as an example for what a young professional can accomplish in a short period of time.”

She works as a partner full time and is heavily involved in the community. Helton said she believes every business person should volunteer, and she works to make sure others at BiggsKofford are engaged in nonprofits as well.

At the accounting company, she focuses on physician-owned practices and helps doctors develop ancillary services that focus on managing their practices.

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She has an accounting degree from Colorado State University-Pueblo — where she spent some of her childhood after her parents separated.

She comes from a military family, and she said her experiences have helped her to develop important social skills.

“We moved around a lot,” she said. “I think that when you move around a lot, you have to make new friends.”

And she takes the lessons learned as a military brat and applies them to her job at BiggsKofford.

“A focal point — coming from my dad more than anywhere else — is just that you have to work hard to get what you want,” she said. “Being friendly, being open to people and working hard adds value to your clients.”

And the part of her job at BiggsKofford she likes best: the interdependance between the staff members.

“We are all experts in our own areas, so we can offer our clients a breadth of services that’s more robust,” she said.