I am a CPA with an MBA and I have been doing accounting in one form or another since about 1992, starting with my family’s company that operates gas stations, Wendy’s restaurants, and a chain of pizza restaurants. The first office was a closet in the back of one of the gas stations. That company grew by building new locations and the general contractor and I became partners in a construction company, I took care of all the paperwork and he took care of the construction work. Whenever possible I helped on the job sites, learning how to operate heavy equipment, and pour concrete along the way.
In 2001 I opened a restaurant-bar that I also designed and built. I was 29 years old and learned an important lesson: Just because you can borrow a million dollars, it doesn’t always mean you should do it. I made it a few years before I had to sell my restaurant because I couldn’t support it anymore.
Next I landed at a Hotel and Convention Center ass the CFO. The property had just come out of bankruptcy and my incentive for taking the job was a minority ownership and the possibility that it would be turned into a casino when KY legalized casino gambling. KY never legalized gambling and I ended up running the property until 2010.
I went back to school and got an MBA, took over another restaurant/bar for a little while then bought an accounting practice. ( I hadn’t prepared a tax return since 1999) The practice was profitable but the hours during tax season were horrible so I sold it after 3 years.
After I sold the accounting practice, I started doing contract accounting work through recruiters and I started a boot company that I am still operating.
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