It’s All About Who You Know by Guest Blogger Jeff Smith

You’ve heard this before, right? WHO you know can sometimes be just as important, if not more important, than WHAT you know. As CPAs working outside of public accounting, meeting and knowing the right people can sometimes be a challenge. In some organizations, there might only be one CPA. In the organization where I work, we are fortunate to have several CPAs in our office.

So how do you build your network when you’re the only CPA in a company? How can you effectively meet the right people when you don’t have the benefits of a built-in network? You have to go find those connections which can be an overwhelming task if you have to do it alone.

This is where I believe that my membership in the Texas Society of CPAs and the Corpus Christi Chapter has been extremely valuable. Membership automatically connected me to a network that goes well beyond my office. I have been involved in community organizations and alumni groups, but to have a network of peers who are experiencing the same challenges I am and who can often give me direction or advice is irreplaceable.

In fact, it was my involvement on the chapter’s board of directors that led me to my current role at Bay Ltd. And it’s through chapter programs that I’m able to recruit new student talent to our accounting team and talk to students about staying and working in the Coastal Bend. Not only do those connections benefit me and my career, but they benefit my employer and my community. These connections also allow the students to build their network which can be a valuable resource for their future.

My network has grown beyond my chapter through involvement in activities and programs at the state level. I’ve met subject experts across the state, made some great friends close to home, and even found some new hunting and fishing CPA buddies in other parts of Texas. Because all work and no play can make for a very dull CPA.

We have enough unique challenges as CPAs working outside of public accounting. Make things easier on yourself and get involved or at least connected to TSCPA and your chapter. You’ll see career benefits, personal benefits, and benefits to your employer. Add some more “WHO you know” to your network!

Smith Jeff

Jeff Smith, CPA is Accounting Manager at Bay Ltd. in Corpus Christi, Texas. Jeff has worked at Bay Ltd. since July of 2014. Prior to that time, he was a Senior Accountant at Texas Star Investments, Inc., where he worked for 12 years. Jeff is a graduate of Texas A&M University – Kingsville. He has been a CPA and member of TSCPA since 2010 and is currently serving as president of the Corpus Christi Chapter of TSCPA.

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