August 2011 - Ileen Groves, Bookkeeping Express Ileen Groves was chosen as the Chamber’s August Volunteer of the Month for the many hours she dedicated to the planning and setup of MPCC’s Business Excellence Awards dinner. A proven process expert with years of experience in project management, Kaizen, and waste elimination initiatives, Ileen Groves recently left her logistics role with Fortune 500 company Owens Corning to open the first California franchise of BookKeeping Express. Ileen and her husband Barry fell in love with Northern California while traveling for business and pleasure over the past 20 years and it had long been their desire to live and work in Monterey County. Opening a BookKeeping Express office here has allowed them to fulfill that dream while providing much needed services to the small-business owners in the area. Consistently recognized for on time delivery and superior change management, Ileen has brought her passion for people to the small business community of Monterey County. Her work as a supply chain expert has taught her that the most successful companies concentrate on their core competencies, and outsource other necessary functions to trusted partners. She believes that the small business owner’s survival and growth depend on their ability to forecast accurately and plan accordingly. Without accurate, relevant, timely data, intelligent planning is impossible.