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Bill Heath

091: A Career with the Air Force, CPAs, and Tourism – Bill Heath, CPA

In this episode of Life In Accounting: The Where Accountants Go podcast, we speak with retired Air Force Pilot, Bill Heath, a CPA who is the current Vice President of Finance, Human Resources & Administration with the Fredericksburg Conventions and Visitors Bureau (CVB). Bill’s background is quite varied which you will hear all about in this podcast. This is also an excellent episode for those looking to learn more about the tourism industry! Benefits of Working in a Small Town While Fredericksburg generally doesn’t do large conventions, they do host military reunions, large meetings, and many other convention-type events. As a Convention and Visitors Bureau employee, Bill gets to travel to larger, intercontinental cities because tourism is important. He also has the pleasure of working with positive, loyal, and creative people. Bill’s role includes planning, directing, and integrating all aspects of financial, technology, human resource and administrative functions. He also oversees the CVB facilities and Visitor Information Center, and he partners with several other organizations including the local Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Commission, industry, and City and County governments to promote tourism and economic growth in the Fredericksburg and Gillespie County areas. Bonus: Bill loves his three-minute commute to the office. It’s hard to beat that! Seven Life Lessons Bill Shares Work hard as a student. Be focused on what you are doing. Become less intense. Accept leadership positions within the community. Be involved and contribute to the community. Take risks. Be excited, get excited, and stay excited!   To listen in on this interview with Bill Heath, please use the player below:

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Stephen King

090: Founder of GrowthForce – Stephen King, CPA, CGMA

In this episode of Life In Accounting: The Where Accountants Go podcast, we speak with Stephen King CPA, CGMA, and founder of GrowthForce, a leading cloud-based accounting service business for both commercial businesses and non-profits. The Value of Accounting Knowledge and a Diverse Background Early in his life, specifically high school, Stephen learned that accounting was an excellent career choice for several reasons: 1)  He would always be able to find work. People ALWAYS need their books taken care of properly, no matter what the industry is – including rock-n-roll! (Listen to the audio & you’ll see what we mean) 2) If you are trying to get a new position and you know how to read a P&L, you are much more valuable to the company because accounting is the language of business. 3) In accounting, you are key to helping companies increase their bottom line. Also, while there is definitely value for some individuals in staying with the same organization long-term, Stephen decided to take a different route and worked in many diverse organizations. Those included small businesses, one of the Big 4 firms (EY), not-for-profits, and even a position in fundraising! This diverse background has served him well in the consulting industry. What Does Success Look Like Going Forward? As a trusted advisor, Stephen truly is living his dream and feels very fortunate, but he is always adding new challenges and goals for himself. He enjoys continuing to expand GrowthForce. And his one piece of advice for our podcast audience is to get your CPA license. It will give you instant credibility and open many doors along the way in your career. Ready to learn more? Check out Stephen King’s ebook, the CEO’s Guide to Cashflow. To listen in on this interview with Stephen King, please use the player below:

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