Carina Rios

My Background & What Brought Me Here
I graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s in accounting, and during my time there I gained professional experience from on campus involvement and internships. A few months after I graduated in 2020, I moved back to my hometown, Sioux City.


Why I Chose this Profession
I started my undergrad as a Business Undetermined major and after taking the foundation accounting classes I decided that I wanted to pursue an accounting degree. I love to understand a business and truly believe that for a business to be successful it begins with the basic understanding of how money flows through a company and accounting gives you that foundation. Accounting is not just about crunching numbers it is very broad and encompasses a huge range of tasks which is what made me want to pursue a career in accounting.


In the first few years following graduation, I have worked in both government and corporate accounting. I thrive on working with a team, learning new things, and being challenged which makes accounting the right fit for me.  I am excited to grow my professional career at Sterk Financial Services.


Outside of Work I’m Most Passionate About
I love spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy being active and working on living a more fit and healthier lifestyle and would love to get into hiking and joining more group workouts.


Something Unique and Different About Me

  • I have a twin sister. We absolutely look nothing alike and have very opposite personalities.
  • I have been to Mexico over a dozen of times and try to go every 1-2 years to visit family and travel to places I have not been to.
  • I love regional Mexican music and have gone to many regional Mexican band concerts.

When Not in the Office, Look For Me
When not in the office look for me traveling (somewhere warm near the beach), having dinner and drinks with friends or family, and cooking. I also enjoy watching baseball and soccer, and love to rewatch Law and Order SVU when I have time.


Education & Certificates
Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Iowa State University, Ames, IA