Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Meet a Young CPA

Meet TSCPA Member Clay Crockett!

Job: Supervisor - Tax
Company: HORNE LLP
City: Jackson, Tenn.

How and why did you become involved with TSCPA?
I became a TSCPA member as soon as I started my first job in public accounting. I quickly realized how valuable a resource membership is. Specifically, I find great value in the CPE offered by the Society, the publications that keep us aware of current issues and the advocacy the Society takes on for the profession.

What is the one piece of advice you would give to other young CPAs and/or those that are just passing the exam, getting ready to embark in their career?
My advice is to find your passion. I'm so fortunate to have found mine. Doing what you enjoy makes your time at work so fulfilling. Also, for anyone who hasn't passed the exam, my advice is to do so as soon as possible. It takes true dedication to pass the exam, but the rewards of passing are great.

What is your secret to surviving busy season?

I'm most productive early in the morning. I like to get to the office early and get things accomplished before the phone starts ringing. I make it a priority to spend quality time with my family in the evening. Also, a walk at lunch really helps to clear my mind.

What motivates you?
I'm motivated by my work. I take great pleasure knowing my team and I have done exceptional work for our clients. Also, I treat every day as a "school day." Learning something new keeps things fresh and interesting.

How do you unwind outside of work?
I most enjoy spending time with my wife, Brittany, and 3-year-old daughter, Hannah. We all love to go camping, which allows us quality time together and a time to make lasting memories. I also enjoy woodworking and any other hands-on project.

Meet a Young CPA

Meet TSCPA Member Erin Lotz!

Job: Financial Analyst II
Company: ServiceMaster
City: Memphis, Tenn.

Why did you become a CPA?
The accounting professors at the University of Mississippi helped me realize early on the importance of earning the CPA designation in order to set your career apart from your peers, demonstrate your commitment to the profession and for continuous professional development. I am so happy I took their advice to pursue a CPA license, as it has opened many doors in my career and has provided the educational foundation and experiences that allow me to bring value to a variety of organizations.

What is the one piece of advice you would give to other young CPAs and/or those that are just passing the exam, getting ready to embark on their career?
Take ownership of your career and persistently challenge yourself and your team to improve performance. Prioritize projects. A simple "to do" list is an important first step. Complete high priority projects early in the day during your peak of energy.

What is on your desk right now?
My morning Diet Coke, daily "to-do" list and the latest issue of the Tennessee CPA Journal..

What/Who motivates you?

My fiancé, family and future family, and passion for helping others is what drives me every day.

How do you unwind outside of work?

Dates with my fiancé, exercise and weekend road trips.