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Elisabeth Pak

Brad Bernard, ’14
Supervisor, Woodstock, GA

I chose Draffin Tucker because of its great location, proven history, and a small-firm feel providing a good sense of comradery.

One of my favorite parts is the flex-time policy. The great firm culture encourages questions to be asked, which is conducive to learning. You will gain experience in many different accounting areas, and as you progress, there will be room to carve out a niche. As a member of the Resource Solutions team, I am consistently challenged to help improve processes for our clients, which can be very rewarding.

I am a member of Rivermont Golf Club, so I love golfing on the weekends. I also love going to Braves and Falcons games. The food in Atlanta is also great, so my wife and I love to explore new restaurants.

I help support Christian Campus Fellowship at Georgia Southern University, where my wife and I met.

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Jim L. Creamer, CPA, CFE

Jim Creamer, ’88
Partner, Vidalia, GA

I chose Draffin Tucker for several reasons. I liked the Partners, who all seemed to be down to earth and genuinely concerned about the associate’s well-being.

I also liked the fact that Draffin Tucker was a recognized leader in the healthcare industry, while not being a part of the larger metropolitan areas where most regional and national firms reside.

I enjoy living in the Albany area because of its simple lifestyle with close access to the larger cities and beaches. In my free time, I enjoy traveling with my family and working on my farm, riding tractors and raising horses.

My time and experience with Draffin Tucker over the past 25 years have allowed me the opportunity to be a part of GSU’s accounting advisory council and a frequent speaker at various GSU recruiting events. I enjoy the chance to give back.

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Merrit Garnto, ’14
Manager, Leesburg, GA

Draffin Tucker makes you feel at home. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming.

Everyone is willing to help and wants you to succeed. DT is truly a team and everyone works together to get a job done.

I love that I can get to work in five minutes. I also like that I can be at the beach in two hours!

I enjoy going back to Georgia Southern for football games. GO EAGLES!

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Jennifer Gay, ’05
Manager, Nashville, GA

I chose DT because I still knew a lot of people here, and I knew this was a place I would love to work. The ability to do remote work was the icing on the cake!

I like the atmosphere and the policies that have been implemented to help employees with their work/life balance. You can tell that the firm cares about their employees and tries to stay on top of concerns and issues that are being faced.

I love the small town feeling of living in South Ga. I also love the location with regard to traveling to the beach, airport, etc.

I love to watch the Eagles play football every fall.

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Conner Gibbs, ’17
Senior Accountant, Thomasville, GA

Draffin Tucker has a work-life balance which was very important to me.

They have a way of making their employees feel at home.

No matter the level of people in the office, you can talk directly to anyone. The open-door policy makes the workplace more comforting for young staff.

Albany is close to home. It has the small town feel with low cost of living. There isn’t any traffic. I live 13 miles from the office and it only takes 15 minutes to get to work.

I am still attending graduate school through Georgia Southern’s online MAcc program. I am also a member of the GSU Alumni Association.

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Benjamin J. Glass, CPA

Ben Glass, ’11
Manager, Leesburg, GA

I chose Draffin Tucker because of the people and the culture the firm offers.

I believe Draffin Tucker is a one-of-a-kind accounting firm. The environment and culture allow for a rewarding and challenging career, as well as a balanced personal life.

Albany is a great town for people who enjoy a laid back lifestyle without the drawbacks of big cities. The small town feel mixed with the great people of South Georgia make Albany a great place to live.

My wife and I are both alumni of Georgia Southern and we love going to football games in the fall. We are still active in our related Greek organizations.

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Kira Griffith

Kira Griffith, ’17
Senior Accountant, Roswell, GA

Draffin Tucker has so many great aspects: Family environment with an open door policy where you can ask anyone anything, a great work/life balance, great location, time for studying for the CPA, and a flexible schedule.

The kindness of everyone who works here. The people I work with make my first full-time job much less intimidating. Everyone really seems to care about how I’m doing both at work and outside of work. I also like the independence I get as a new member of the Draffin Tucker team. My work is looked at once I’m done, but there isn’t someone watching over my shoulder.

I love the proximity of the Atlanta office to my family and friends. I like to float down the Chattahoochee, go to Braves and Atlanta United games, take mini-vacations, go hiking, and go to Lake Lanier.

I don’t have much of a connection to Statesboro in any place other than my heart. I love it there and if I have the opportunity to move back one day, I’d love to. I’m going to try to go to some football and basketball games this year because I loved going to those when I was a student.

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Stephen D. Harrell, CPA

Stephen Harrell, ’07
Partner, Leesburg, GA

I chose to interview with Draffin Tucker because, as a native of the Albany area, I knew Draffin Tucker had a great reputation and was a well-respected business in the community.

After interviewing and touring the office, I realized the respect was well deserved. The employees, from the most senior partners to the new staff, were extremely welcoming during my visit, and it was this environment that helped me finalize my decision to accept a position with the firm.

Draffin Tucker is a great place to work because of the people. The resources and opportunities for career development and education stand out and allow willing individuals to grow in the profession and become an expert in focused business sectors. The opportunity to learn from more experienced individuals and use what you learn to assist clients with their needs is my favorite aspect of my job.

I enjoy living in the Albany area because it allows me to be close to both my family and my wife’s family. I enjoy spending time outdoors and the Albany area is saturated with plantations and undeveloped areas that offer opportunities for hunting and other outdoor activities.

I really enjoyed my time at Georgia Southern and was fortunate to meet some great people that I proudly call my closest friends. I enjoy returning to Statesboro every chance I get and am proud of the growth and accomplishments of the University.

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Stephen D. Harrell, CPA

Sean Hendley, ’97
Manager, Savannah, GA

Draffin Tucker is a place I never dread going to work. I like the people, the family atmosphere, the level of professionalism, and the firm’s reputation in the community and industries.

What makes Draffin Tucker great is the ability to make lifelong friends and mentors.  We all seem to genuinely care about each other.  They invest in their staff.

I like living in Albany because the cost of living is cheap, it has a small town feel, is close to LOTS to do (3-4 hours from everything it seems – beaches, mountains, Atlanta, Savannah, etc.).

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Elisabeth Pak

Elisabeth L. Pak, ’15
Senior Accountant, Hoboken, GA

I chose Draffin Tucker because of the people.

Accounting work is going to be the same almost everywhere you go, therefore I chose to make it better by surrounding myself with people I enjoy hanging out with. If you enjoy what you do, then you’ll never work a day in your life.

At Draffin Tucker it’s all about the people – they pride themselves on recruiting the best. The best doesn’t necessarily mean that a person was the top of their class in college, it means that the person is well rounded and personable. I really love the friends I’ve made here. I don’t just hang out with my co-workers during office hours, I also go out after work and on the weekends to be with them. I feel as though that friends I’ve made here will be with me throughout my life. Here at DT, we are a family.

Living in Atlanta, I have to admit that the traffic is horrible, but it is balanced out by the numerous opportunities that Atlanta presents. There is the Fox Theater, concerts, football games at Tech (if you’re a fan) and countless other events to enjoy. Also, the food! Atlanta has a huge variety of places to dine.

When I was a grad student at Georgia Southern, I worked as Graduate Assistant in the dean’s office and still speak with my friends I made while there. I have a strong connection to the dean and his admin along with all the admins in each department, particularly the accounting department. When given the opportunity, I go to Statesboro to meet up with them, and to visit my sister who attends GSU.

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Elisabeth Pak

Taylor Phillips, ’18 
Associate Accountant I, Colquitt, GA

I chose Draffin Tucker for the “small firm feel with large firm resources and expertise.”

I did not feel like I was going to work for one of the big four where new employees tend to be forgotten.

The office is laid back and has an “Open-Door Policy” where I don’t feel like I am bothering anyone (at any level) when I have a question.

I love the slower paced lifestyle that is found in Albany. I like to go for relaxing drives and have open spaces to take my dog for walks.

I am a member of the Alumni Association at GSU and I love to go to career fairs at the University whenever I can. During football season, my husband and I (also a GSU alum) always turn the TV to watch the Eagles. GATA for life!

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Kate D. Randall, CPA

Kate Randall, ’09
Manager, Statesboro, GA

The office visit is the reason I chose to work at Draffin Tucker.

Everyone I met was welcoming and I knew I would enjoy working for DT.

The office is a relaxed environment. Everyone is willing to help if you have a problem. You are also given the opportunity to work in different areas of accounting.

I like living in Albany because of the small town feeling. It’s easy to get where you need to go and the town is big enough you can shop at places other than Wal-Mart.

I go to the football games to cheer my team, and I tour the campus when I can to see how much everything has changed.

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Trent Ronske, ’18
Associate Accountant I, Jasper, GA

I felt that the members at Draffin Tucker were down-to-earth and welcoming. The backgrounds of many partners, managers, and associates relate closely to mine.

We mostly come from small towns and humble beginnings. I appreciated the fact that almost every partner at the firm started with Draffin Tucker. This proves they invest in their members from the bottom-up. I feel that Draffin Tucker describes the greatest potential for a long, successful career in a firm that continues to expand.

Draffin Tucker proves to be one of the few firms that allow its employees to work on-site [due to Covid-19]. I appreciate the opportunity to do this as a new associate, knowing I will have simple questions that can be answered by my colleagues in-person rather than waiting for email responses. This also allows me to develop relationships with my team members and work to my greatest potential.

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