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Rita Bell

Rita Bell

Admin Assistant

Why Accounting?

I’ve always enjoyed working with numbers.  I have an associate’s degree in Accounting  and have previous experience working as an administrative assistant/office manager.   I’m thrilled to be putting my knowledge and experience to good use here at Janney & Associates.   Working at an accounting firm just feels like “home”.   

What Experience do you Have?

I started out as a cashier for Publix when I was in high school and worked there for twenty-five years ending my time there as a Regional Associate Relations Specialist.  After that, I worked as a Human Resources/Commercial Coordinator for a large carpet cleaning firm in South Florida.  

What brought you to this area?

My husband and I moved to Tennessee fifteen years ago when we decided to relocate, with an eye toward future retirement.   After we searched for about a year and a half, not finding what we wanted, we felt a ‘calling’ to the hills of Tennessee.  By serendipity, we ended up in DeKalb County and have loved it from day one.  

After arriving in here, I began working for Haven of Hope Counseling as an Office Manager.  After 12 years with Haven of Hope, I realized it was time to take a year off to care for my mom and dad.

Tell us about “Young Rita” and What are you up to today?

I was born in New York City and spent my early years in northern New Jersey.  My family moved to South Florida in 1971 and lived there for the next thirty-five years.  At present, I’m a mom to two children and three stepchildren and together, my husband and I have six grandchildren. 

I enjoy being a wife, mom and daughter, but my favorite role is that of “Nana”.  It takes some doing though, because our children and grandchildren are spread out between California, Maryland and Florida.  It’s all worth it because having family time is very important to us and we love traveling.  I also enjoy my church family, working in Missions and being a children’s Sunday school teacher.