Becki Shaughnessy, ’04
Manager, Reform, AL
I was originally attracted to the size of the firm and the town of Albany.
Today, I enjoy working with all of the firm’s great clients and great employees.
I am a big supporter of Troy University and enjoy tailgating whenever our schedule allows. Each season, I go to as many football games as I can, including traveling to South Carolina, Louisiana, and Florida.
Jake Kitchens, ’10
Manager, Troy, AL
I chose D&T because of the small firm feel. Everyone in the office knew each other and was very friendly. Employees are not “just a number.”
I love the amount of activities and the food of Atlanta. There is always something you can do, whether a weeknight or weekend. The food here is amazing. There are so many restaurants, you could eat somewhere different every night and never be disappointed.
I attend multiple football games at Troy every year. I enjoy going back and seeing the campus and the many improvements the University is always making.
Laura Stair, ’07
Manager, Jasper, AL
I chose D&T because of the people, size, and location. From entry-level staff all the way up to partners, everyone was friendly and made me feel comfortable during the recruiting process.
I enjoy working at D&T because of the laid back atmosphere. While we have our busy seasons and quick deadlines, we never lose sight of the important things outside of work (families, civic activities, etc). D&T invests in its people by providing them with opportunities for growth as an accountant, community involvement, and participation in industry associations.
I enjoy living in Albany because it is a larger city with a small-town feel. It is close enough to everything (beaches, mountains) so that a quick weekend getaway is possible. Also, you don’t have to deal with the traffic and congestion of a big city.
Because Albany is so close to Troy, I am able to attend many football games during the season. Whenever I travel to or through Troy, I always make a point to drive through campus to see all the ongoing changes. I am a lifetime member of the Troy Alumni Association and display my Trojan pride year around on my car with my Troy alumni license plate.
Rebecca McKinley, ’04
Partner in Training, Atmore, AL
After interviewing with several firms and visiting several offices, I realized the atmosphere and culture varied greatly among firms.
However, one firm was very different from the others. From the personalities at the social to the atmosphere at the office, I knew Draffin & Tucker was a great fit for me. Everyone was very laid back and personable. My husband was even impressed with how family-oriented and friendly Draffin & Tucker is.
Being employed with Draffin & Tucker has only reinforced my initial impression. The employees and clients of Draffin & Tucker really do treat you like family. I have developed many great relationships during my time here.
Coming from a small town and living in Troy, which used to be a small town, I enjoy the convenience of living in Albany and having everything I need within a short distance, without all of the traffic attributed to a larger city. My family and I have made lasting friendships and have enjoyed living in Albany.
I am proud to be a graduate of Troy University. We try to watch all of the football games or at least catch the score if it is not televised. We also enjoy going back for home games and sharing the experience with our children.
Steve Bedsole, ’83
Partner in Charge of the Atlanta Office, Dothan, AL
I was fortunate when graduating that an abundance of opportunities for accounting graduates were available, from small local firms to large national firms.
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.
Valerie Bowron, ’07
Manager, Prattville, AL
I chose Draffin & Tucker because of the people, and I felt it was a good fit for me.
One of my favorite things about working at Draffin & Tucker is that there is always something new on the horizon. It’s not the normal redundant desk job you think of when “accounting” comes to mind. There are many opportunities available to grow personally and professionally.
I have enjoyed living in Albany. It is a great place to raise a family, and I have gained many friends here within the firm and in the community. I am a member of the Junior League of Albany, GA, Inc. and have served on the board as Treasurer for the last two years. There are numerous civic organizations to be a part of and opportunities to volunteer your time to better your community.
Troy holds a very special place in my heart and will forever. I met my husband there and both our families have season tickets to all the games. We enjoy going back and tailgating with our families and catching up with friends. I proudly wear my Trojan jersey to every home game!!