I have been a CPA in private practice since January 2010. Before that, I worked in a variety of industries — as an accountant for a manufacturing firm; as a stockbroker; and as the General Manager of a large cooperative grocery store. I know that taxes are an integral part of business, but I prefer helping clients with strategic planning and cash flow management.
I have lived in Asheville since 1996, and I’ve enjoyed watching it transform from a sleepy mountain village to the artsy, outdoorsy, beer-crafting mecca that it is today.
Five Things About Me
- I wasn’t born a “numbers person.” In fact, my Bachelor’s degree is in English Literature from Appalachian State University.
- My two favorite activities: traveling and backpacking, often in the same trip.
- I have always driven a white Ford pickup truck (currently an F-150 named Monster.)
- The first album I ever bought was Moving Pictures by Rush, when I was 12 years old. I really miss the BEST part of buying actual albums back in the day: when you ripped off the plastic, it was like Christmas to discover all the awesome art, pictures, and lyrics inside. Remember this? I do! And it used to give me nightmares, lol.
- A great sense of humor is the most exceptional human quality. Look no further than The Oatmeal to see what I find funny.
What I’m Doing Now
I recently learned about “Now” pages from the inimitable Derek Sivers.
Let’s face it — “About” pages can get a little stale. Though technically true, my little bio over there doesn’t convey anything about what’s going on with me now. So here’s the answer to that!
I’ve become re-obsessed with mountain biking, thanks to my recent purchase of Big Red, which is a dramatic upgrade over the steel hardtail I rode for nearly twenty years. It was top o’ the line then, but wow has technology changed….for the dramatically better.
Where I live, there are literally hundreds of miles of mountain bike trails within an hour’s drive. Some are more difficult than others, so just for fun, I’m experimenting with flat pedals after 20 years of clipless (which are pictured). I’d say there are pros and cons to each method.
It’s early winter, my favorite season. I’m about to go live in Colorado for a month to (finally) learn how to snowboard. Yes, I plan to do this during tax season. Though I have a fully-virtual practice and I have worked on the road before, it’s never been during tax season. So there’s another experiment.
In seven days, I turn 46 years old.
My work remains extremely satisfying. I continue to love helping small business owners achieve their dreams.
This update was written December 17th, 2016