Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

The Last Word

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

The Last Word

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I'M THE OLDEST OF 10 KIDS; three of the seven boys are accountants. I was going to be a doctor until I went to college and discovered the stock market; then I switched to accounting. October will be the 30th anniversary of my CPA accreditation.

I ALSO HAVE CERTIFICATION FROM COOKIE UNIVERSITY in Plano, Texas. It wasn't as hard as getting my CPA, though it did involve my carefully studying processes. If companies had the documentation that I have in my store to make cookies, they'd have no problems with SOX 404.

I WAS A GREEN BERET DURING VIETNAM. I grew up in Colorado; I learned karate and could shoot a .22 when I was nine. I also had considered being a priest and went to a religious camp high in the mountains. I had climbed 23 mountains by the time I was 14. It's funny how life sometimes takes you places you never expect to go, how I ended up in the military instead of the priesthood.

I MET MY WIFE AT FORT DEVONS in Massachusetts and asked her to marry me six weeks later. She said I had to go to college first, so after the war I did. Becoming a CPA was my idea, though. I'd been trained to always try to be the best at whatever you did, and I believed the CPA was the top credential in business. I still believe that.

AFTER LIVING IN DENVER AND BOSTON, my wife and I decided to go somewhere warm before the kids started high school. In 1989 1 took a job in Florida as CFO of Tax Tech Enterprises, the division of Arthur Andersen that made tax software. My wife, who's a nurse by training, had opened a franchise of Cookies by Design in Sarasota when she got hired away by a hospice, so I took over the business. I run it and I'm also a business transfer specialist at Murphy Business and Financial Services, and I do consulting work in the health care and software industries. …

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