Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

The Last Word

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

The Last Word

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I grew up in Urbanna, Va., about 65 miles east of Richmond. It's on the Rappahannock River, which goes to the Chesapeake Bay It's the home of the Urbanna Oyster Festival. Urbanna is a town of about 500 people, and we have as many as 60,000 coming to town for the festival. When I was a kid, it was a couple of fire trucks and some horses and Boy Scouts. It's ballooned into a huge festival. I have a home there that we go to on weekends. It's right in town, near where I grew up. We open up the house to guests, eat oysters, and it's a big party all weekend.

In high school, I played football and soccer and baseball and did the pole vault I loved all sports, and football was my favorite, although I weighed 128 pounds. I played fullback and linebacker. I had to make up for my lack of size with aggressiveness. I just had so much passion for it.

I went to the University of Richmond for two years and didn't really have an idea of what I wanted to do with myself. So I went back home and worked for my dad for a year and tried to figure all that out. In the meantime, I met my wife. We got married and had a child, and then I decided, "Hey, I need to get back into school and get going on my career."

I became interested in accounting in part because my wife's uncle was a CPA. I heard him talking about it, the experiences he'd had, and he was obviously successful. I went and took accounting courses, and I loved it. I enjoyed the principles of accounting course, including the bookkeeping and spreadsheets and the balancing of accounts. I loved doing the homework, and it was just one of those experiences where I said to myself, "Hey, this is probably for me."

In my early 30s, I had begun working out again. A friend told me about this race that he had done, a sprint triathlon. I said, "I've always wanted to do something like that." He told me about a triathlon in Negril, Jamaica, so we made a trip out of it. I took my wife, and we went down to Jamaica, and that's where I did my first triathlon. It was an experience I will never forget, being in such a beautiful tropical place. …

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