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NSBCPA Meet the Members #7: Rob Young, CPA

When did you know you wanted to become an accountant?

I was introduced to accounting my senior year in high school and I decided to become an accountant my first year of college. They asked me to declare a major and as I looked down the list (in alphabetical order) accountant was at the top so I chose it.

When did you know you wanted to become a CPA?

I first realized what a CPA was and knew that I wanted to become one after being introduced to NABA as a student.

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NSBCPA Meet the Members #6: Antonio D. Luke, Sr

When did you know you wanted to become an accountant?

I never wanted to become an accountant. In a sense, the profession chose me. I started out as a general business major, but I didn't feel adequately challenged by the educational curriculum. The demand for more out of my education led me to inquire about the most challenging major in the university's business program; and, voila, an accountant was born!

When did you know you wanted to become a CPA?

I knew I wanted to become a CPA when I became a CPA. Again, the profession chose me. When I graduated (with a B.S in accounting), a friend encouraged me to study for the exam. After taking and passing my first exam, all that I knew at that point was that  I wanted to pass the exam. The want to become a CPA didn't reach my internal radar until I passed all four exams.

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NSBCPA Meet the Members #5: Greta Brown

When did you know you wanted to become an accountant?

I was aware of accounting during my high school days when my little sister took an accounting class but that was the extent of my understanding. I would not see accounting again until my sophomore year at Rice when I had to take an accounting class as part of my business minor (and even then I chalked it up as a necessary evil in the pursuit of my education. It was hard and I think I passed with a B-).

I kinda fell into the accounting profession after my internship with my current employer (during my internship I actually worked in the corporate budgeting department). There was a position in our financial reporting department that became available and I was interested because it was finance-related (or so I thought). And as an economics major, at the time I thought it would be a good-fit. That was in 2013 and I've been there ever since! 

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NSBCPA Meet the Members #4: Jason Jones

When did you know you wanted to become an accountant?

I was recruited for a position at a CPA firm in 1995 while I was still an accounting student; it was something I actually liked, so I kept accounting as a career going forward.

When did you know you wanted to become a CPA?

I knew what a CPA was when I took my first accounting course in 1994, I knew I wanted to be a licensed accountant in 2010.

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NSBCPA Meet the Members #3: Joyce Miller

When did you know you wanted to become an accountant?

I first learned about accounting during my first year in college. I had not heard of accounting or accountants before that time. I was in the business school at Temple University and one of the first required courses was accounting. I immediately liked it because to me it was similar to solving a puzzle.

When did you know you wanted to become a CPA?

During my time at Temple, I started to hear about "CPAs" so I actually thought that was what you were supposed to get after taking 4 years of accounting in school.  Since I liked my first accounting course, I decided to major in accounting.  All of the talk from professors was about CPAs and working for the Big Eight.

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NSBCPA Meet the Members #2: Stephanie Simmons Johnson

When did you know you wanted to become an accountant?

I knew I wanted to be an accountant in high school after taking the bookkeeping class. I knew what an accountant was because my parents went to an African American CPA in a small town in Louisiana to get their taxes done. I always admired him and his office ever since I was a little girl. My aunt also married an accountant in 1977 and his twin brother was a CPA at Arthur Anderson in the 1990's.

When did you know you wanted to become a CPA?

I knew in college that was wanted to be a CPA because that was the highest point for an accountant, therefore it was a natural progression.

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NSBCPA Meet the Members #1: Al-Nesha Jones-Holiday

When did you know you wanted to become an accountant?

Accounting 101 was one of the required core courses when I switched my major from Computer Science to Business Management in my freshman year. Accounting balanced; there was always a right answer. I liked the certainty of it. Of course, it doesn't always work out like that in real life, but it was enough in textbook practice to get me hooked!

When did you know you wanted to become a CPA?

I knew I'd become a CPA in junior year when I had 11 job offers to work at different accounting firms. An accounting professor of mine told me, you'll rarely find an unemployed CPA. They're always in demand. She was right!

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