Should Chad Allen buy a lottery ticket? So this CPA, CITP Audit Manager in Kansas starts with his new firm this week and what do you know, to give his accounting life more firepower he joins iShade…and then receives a phone call from iShade’s Executive Director, Lisa Benson, telling him that he’s iShade’s 10,000th member! I’d like to see this guy’s fortune in his cookie the next time he goes out for cashew chicken.
To celebrate this crowning achievement, we have bestowed a generous gift card upon Chad, which he will put toward the purchase of an iPad for his wife. Brilliant.
Speaking with Acord Cox & Company’s newest employee and prize winner, I asked him why he decided to enter the field of accounting to begin with. As with many professional accountants, Chad’s answer was “to work on the health of the business and to help others understand it.” Of course, when I asked him what career he would like to have if he couldn’t be an accountant, his answer was the same as mine: professional baseball player. Obviously, both of us struck out on that mission. A more realistic answer, though, yielded “attorney or engineer, something like that where I could help people get done what they need to get done.”
Today’s young accountants quickly became a topic of conversation for us when I asked him about his experiences in recruiting accountants over the years. Commenting on today’s new college accounting graduates and young professionals, he noted that it’s exciting to see them create new efficiencies. “The good things they bring to the table,” Chad remarked, “they just pick up ways of doing things…they’re great with technology.”
Base hit. May your wife enjoy the iPad.
As a reader of this blog, hopefully, you are also a member of iShade. If you’re not, sign up right now. iShade’s BulletIN is THE accounting news source…keep it open on your computer every day.
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