However, I was looking for a mid to large size firm offering experiences in many areas of public accounting, without the seven days a week sun up to sun down commitment. Finding that firm with a culture similar to what I valued seemed a difficult task. After many interviews, I found that firm in Draffin & Tucker, LLP.
As a young graduate, your focus is more on getting a job at a business or firm that offers good compensation, benefits, and quality of life (at work and home). You often don’t think of things you should consider, like the firm’s history, growth, career path, etc. I know I didn’t. Since joining Draffin & Tucker, LLP, the firm has grown 500% in revenues, expanded office locations, and increased the number of personnel. During the downturn in the economy several years back, while many firms were letting staff go, we were hiring. All of our growth and expansion has been organic, in other words, not by mergers or acquisitions. We have been able to sustain growth and keep our valued culture intact.
I started in Albany, Georgia and worked there 28 years. I was one of seven chosen to start the Atlanta, Georgia office. My wife and I joke that we avoided Atlanta out of college. However, after moving here, we love it! Whatever you may enjoy, there is plenty of it to do in or around Atlanta.
Troy University was good to my wife and me. We enjoy coming back to visit our fraternity and sorority brothers and sisters. We are able to give back to it financially and particularly enjoy giving back to the accounting department.