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Jessi Grimes, Advisory Senior at Brown Smith Wallace, Named St. Louis Business Journal 2018 30 Under 30 Honoree


Jessi Grimes, Advisory Senior at Brown Smith Wallace, has been named a St. Louis Business Journal 2018 30 Under 30 honoree. Grimes started her career at the firm in 2015, directly after graduating from Quincy University. She is an integral part of the Advisory practice, demonstrated by her recent promotion in July 2017.  Not only does she strive to help her clients achieve their goals, she is also passionate about enhancing the firm’s culture and professional development programs. She is the Chairman of the Board of the Brown Smith Wallace NEXT group. NEXT is a group of more than 90 up-and-coming leaders within the firm that was created to teach networking and leadership skills.

“Jessi is a tremendous asset to the Brown Smith Wallace Family. She embodies our mission of supporting and impacting the growth and success of our clients, colleagues and communities. We are proud of her distinction as a 30 Under 30 honoree,” says Tony Caleca, Managing Partner.

Grimes has a passion for strengthening and improving the St. Louis community. Since 2014, she’s served as a Junior Achievement classroom volunteer – teaching financial literacy to school-aged children from kindergarten through high school. In 2015, she joined Junior Achievement’s Young Professionals Advisory Board. “Jessica’s leadership qualities are exemplary. Her dedication unsurpassed. Her future accomplishments are unlimited,” says Rawn Ford, Director of Advancement at Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis.

In 2018, Grimes joined the Junior Board of Angels’ Arms. Angels’ Arms is a not-for-profit organization that helps children living in foster care by providing loving homes and a sense of community and family. For the last seven years, Grimes has been a Camp Rainbow Family Camp volunteer, where she helps facilitate weekend events for children with cancer and other blood-related diseases, and their families. The families enjoy a weekend together in a safe environment away from the hospital setting. She was promoted to group leader in 2017, gaining the added responsibility of overseeing the activities of a specific age group of children during the weekend.


About Brown Smith Wallace

Brown Smith Wallace is a nationally recognized top 100, full-service CPA and business advisory firm in Missouri with more than 300 employees. The firm is the top ranked St. Louis firm in the 2019 Vault Accounting Firm rankings and is recognized as a top workplace for women by the 2018 Accounting MOVE Project. For more information, visit or call 314.983.1200.

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