After considerable thought and prayer, and as I learned about the culture and the high-quality services and clients of Draffin Tucker, I knew that I would get great experience with the firm and that it would enhance my career. I also believed that Draffin Tucker would be an environment in which I could work my entire career. After starting with the firm in 1991, it has been my only employer as a professional accountant, and I became a Partner with the firm in 2001. I saw the opportunity for advancement as I evaluated Draffin Tucker, and I can see those same opportunities available to young professionals beginning their careers with our firm today.
In addition to providing a challenging and rewarding professional career, Draffin Tucker has a family atmosphere that was birthed in our small-city roots in Albany and has transitioned nicely into our Atlanta office.
Albany is a great place to enjoy a nice quality of life. The short commute times of 10 to 15 minutes afford you the opportunities to enjoy “small town” living, while having an enriching professional career. During my tenure here, this pace of living has allowed me to enjoy sports and recreation activities with friends after work, be involved with my children as my wife and I began a family (including coaching my children in sports), and be actively involved in many civic and church activities. The best part about Albany is that it is only a two-hour drive from Auburn, so it is easy to get back to the Plains anytime you desire.
Albany is also home to the Southwest Georgia Auburn Alumni Association, which is a very active Chapter. Its signature event is the Cleve Wester Scholarship Hunt, where current coaches and yesterday’s gridiron heroes participate in hunts on area quail plantations. The event is highlighted by a dinner where the coaches address the club and there is an auction of Auburn memorabilia enjoyed by all. I am member of Tigers Unlimited and a season ticketholder to the football, basketball and baseball programs. Nothing beats a day on the Plains. In addition, the vehicles that I drive are typically orange or blue, and I am known throughout the community for my Auburn spirit. I have a framed print of the Auburn Creed in my office and reflect on it from time to time. I believe in Auburn and love it! It’s great to be an Auburn Tiger!