What were some early influences for you?
The work ethic of my parents was inspirational to me. The managing partner of the largest CPA firm in my hometown hosted me for a career day when I was in high school and he showed me what the career in Public Accounting entailed. When I graduated from college, he gave me the opportunity to work for the firm and fine tune my skills.
Tell me about your parents.
My parents have been an example of dedication, persistence and hard work. They always found time to be a family. Family and faith are above anything else for them. They have been married for 63 years.
Do you remember when you first became a manager?
Of course, it was a very exciting and at the same time nerve-racking time. Exciting because I had the opportunity to implement changes to improve several areas of the company, but a challenge too because all the sudden I was not only responsible for my performance, but a team’s performance.
What were some early leadership lessons for you?
Be adaptive to the market needs and trends. Do what is right, empower your team and think outside the box.
Tell me about the culture of your company.
Our clients have worked hard for their assets and our job is to help them minimize their tax burden and maximize their net income. More than a CPA firm and “number crunchers,” we are their advisers and their advocates.
What are some of your weaknesses?
Wanting to do what is best for our clients, sometimes I become a little impatient when the results are not as perfect as I want them to be.
How do you hire?
We use job boards, professional associations and referrals to look for the best people in the industry. We have a defined hiring process and believe in synergy of our team members. Every year we develop college interns. Many join us after graduating.
What advice do you give new college grads?
Think about how you can provide value to the business. Be persistent, learn from the ones who have the experience, but never be afraid to think outside the box to improve processes and bottom-line.
Anything else you would like to add?
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