Running in Cold Weather

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Running in Cold Weather

For more than a decade, Tim Salvesen has worked in the finance and accounting field. A licensed CPA, he serves as vice president of accounting and controller at GridLiance in Illinois. In his free time, Tim Salvesen enjoys running.

Running in the cold requires a great deal of motivation and commitment. One of the best ways to keep this level of motivation is by finding a group of runners to hold you accountable. If this is not possible for your schedule, try making a deal with yourself. If you stay outside for at least 5 minutes, then you can go back inside if the weather is that bad. More often than not, you will likely just stay outdoors. If you have the motivation to run, then you also need the proper clothes and protection. Wear shoes that limit the water infiltration and dress warmly. A good rule of thumb is to dress for weather that is 20 degrees warmer than it really is. This allows you to stay warm without overheating once you start sweating.

Beyond motivation and attire, winter running can come with a few added safety measures. Since it usually gets darker during winter, try switching your runs to daylight hours. This keeps you from running in the dark and makes it easier to see cold-weather dangers such as large puddles or ice. If you see any areas that you suspect have ice, slow your run to a walk across the area. Finally, you can reduce the extra chill of wind by finishing a run with the breeze at your back.


Ways to Be More Productive While Traveling for Business

As a top-level executive for an energy-industry firm, Tim Salvesen often travels for business. Tim Salvesen meets clients both locally and internationally.

To make business trips more productive, professionals may want to:

1. Download productivity apps – Using technology, business can be done anywhere, anytime. Certain apps, such as Boingo Hotspot, allow anyone to connect to Wi-Fi while waiting for a flight. Evernote is particularly useful in compiling notes and tasks.

2. Work ahead – Before traveling, make sure to prioritize and complete complex projects. Putting in extra hours to finish what can be done ahead enables business travelers to focus on their travel agendas.

3. Join a co-working space – Co-working spaces provide business travelers proper desk space with basic resources needed to accomplish simple tasks. These mobile office spaces are usually available for use through membership fees.

4. Take advantage of layovers – If the next trip or connecting flight is more than 45 minutes away, proceed to the boarding gate and start completing simple work tasks. For instance, make phone calls and read emails while waiting.

The American Cancer Society’s Views on Daily Aspirin Use

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Daily Aspirin Use

Tim Salvesen, CPA, serves as vice president of GridLiance in Chicago, Illinois. Outside of his professional obligations, Tim Salvesen often supports charitable organizations that are important to him. In the recent past, he has worked with the American Cancer Society (ACS) in remembrance of his mother.

In response to several recent news reports, the ACS released a statement about aspirin and its role in preventing cancer. According to the ACS, aspirin does have a link to a decreased risk of colorectal cancer. Research suggests that daily aspirin use can mitigate the risk of developing this specific type of cancer.

However, the ACS suggests that the risks of daily aspirin use might outweigh the potential benefits for some people. Overuse of aspirin can lead to internal bleeding and other severe side effects. As a result, the ACS suggests that the public refrain from using aspirin solely to prevent cancer and urges people to visit a doctor before starting a new aspirin regimen.

The ICPAS Prepares for 2017’s Jumpstart to Accounting

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Jumpstart to Accounting

Since September 2015, Tim Salvesen has worked as the vice president and corporate controller at GridLiance, a company based in Chicago, Illinois. Tim Salvesen is also a licensed CPA and member of the Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS).

The ICPAS is now ramping up for next year’s Jumpstart to Accounting, a program that introduces students to accounting. Scheduled for April 21, 2017, Jumpstart to Accounting is a half-day interactive event that will be held at the ICPAS offices in Chicago.

The program is designed to teach students the benefits of gaining a CPA license and how to transition into a professional role. Students will also get to share their ideas, learn from industry professionals, and visit real-world accounting firms.

Scott Steffens, the ICPAS board chair, called the event, “a risk-free environment to ask questions in a setting that’s not like a job interview.” To learn more about the ICPAS or 2017’s Jumpstart to Accounting, visit

Maintaining a Healthy Diet

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Healthy Diet

Tim Salvesen, a Wheaton, Illinois, resident, is the vice president of GridLiance. In his previous position as a senior audit manager at KPMG, LLC, Tim Salvesen was the office liaison for the American Cancer Society.

The American Cancer Society recently published an article on how to effectively include healthier meals in your diet. Eating a healthy diet is a fundamental component of staying healthy and reducing the risk of cancer. Healthy diets have more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and less fried foods, processed meat, or red meat.

Often, making the big switch to a healthier diet will mean cooking more meals at home. Thankfully, with adequate planning, this shouldn’t be expensive or difficult to pull off.

To start off, plan your meals in advance. Prepare a shopping list of your weekly meals and snacks beforehand. This will reduce the number of trips you make to the store, in turn reducing the risk of impulse buying.

Plan your meals according to sales. If a food item you buy often is on sale, buy in bulk. Fruits and vegetables that are usually the least expensive include watermelon, apples, pears, bananas, lettuce, potatoes, greens, eggplant, and summer squash.

Avoid pre-washed and pre-cut vegetables, processed foods, and bagged salad mixes. For some meals, frozen vegetables or fruits work just as well.

When looking for a source of protein, don’t limit yourself to meat. Other foods such as beans are a great source.

For busy weeks, cook way ahead and freeze the meals. Add vegetables to soups and casseroles to prevent them from going bad too soon.

Three Tips for Grilling Stellar Steaks

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Grilled Steak

Tim Salvesen works as the corporate controller and VP of Chicago-based GridLiance. In his free time, Tim Salvesen enjoys cooking steaks on the grill.

Whether you have been grilling for years or are planning your first barbecue, these three tips will help you to grill a stellar steak.

1. It Starts with the Meat – Famous chef and grill guru Bobby Flay’s very first tip when it comes to grilling steak is to befriend your local butcher, because a good steak starts with a good cut of meat. Similarly, Flay recommends springing for USDA Prime steaks or Certified Black Angus steaks.

2. Let it Sit – Instead of taking your steaks from the refrigerator to the grill, let them sit for 10 to 20 minutes to warm up a bit. Room temperature steaks cook quicker and take seasoning better. Food-borne illness is not a concern here, since you will be cooking the meat at a high enough temperature to kill any dangerous germs.

3. Use a Thermometer – How do you ensure you cook your steaks long enough when one person requests rare and another well-done? One way is to cut into the steak and visually inspect the center, but this lets out the juices in the meat and still is not entirely accurate. Instead, invest $10 in a meat thermometer so you will always know exactly when your steaks are cooked to perfection.

MADD Survey Finds Parents Don’t Understand Impact of their Behavior

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)


A former member of the US Marine Corps, Tim Salvesen, CPA, presently serves as the vice president and corporate controller of GridLiance in Illinois. Dedicated to helping others, Tim Salvesen has supported several organizations over the years, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

The largest nonprofit focused on preventing underage drinking and drunk driving, MADD recently partnered with Nationwide to highlight the important role that parents’ actions play in the decisions their children make about drinking, driving, and riding with a drunk driver. The two organizations surveyed parents about whether they talk to their children about drinking and driving and whether they drink and drive, themselves. Results of the survey were announced prior to the PowerTalk 21 Day on April 21, 2016, and detailed some interesting information.

According to the survey, 80 percent of parent respondents had talked to their kids about alcohol and about the dangers of being in a car with a drunk driver. However, one in four parents said that in the past year, they had ridden with a drunk driver, and 43 percent said that they have had a drink while at dinner and subsequently driven their children home. Past studies have shown that parents have the greatest influence over children’s decisions regarding alcohol. The results of this newest survey suggest that parents do not recognize the large impact that their own behavior has on their children’s behavior.