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Josh LeBlanc

095: Community and Moving Up To Partner – Josh LeBlanc from Edgar Kiker & Cross CPAs

For this episode of Life In Accounting, a podcast production of, we meet with Josh LeBlanc, partner with Edgar Kiker & Cross in Beaumont, Texas. From Entry-level To Partner Josh truly has a work-your-way-up story and we were honored that he was open to sharing it with our audience. Josh’s personal situation was such that he needed to work full-time in a regular job during college, and therefore he didn’t have the opportunity to search out internships because it would cut too much into his work schedule and consequently the living he needed to make.  When he graduated with his Bachelors degree in Accounting though, then it was time to get very serious about finding that first professional position.  Josh recounts the process he went through, but suffice it to say that he was very systematic in his approach and it paid off.  He started as an entry-level staff member at Edgar Kiker & Cross, and not too many years later he was offered the opportunity to become a partner at the firm. Hurricane Harvey While we spend much of the time in this interview covering career-related matters, we also took the opportunity to get Josh’s own personal viewpoint on the devastation that had been caused by Hurricane Harvey there in the Gulf area of Texas just less than a year ago. Luckily he and his family were spared severe damage from the storm, but none the less the whole area was affected.  Josh tells about some of his experiences gathering supplies, helping out neighbors, and dealing with the business delays caused by the simple lack of water.  It took almost 2 weeks before the office itself had a potable water supply!  They were definitely fortunate to be spared even more significant issues given the breadth of the damage that area sustained.  Some areas got over 60 inches of rain. Please make sure to listen in on our discussion with Josh. We definitely wanted to cover the storm experience given the geographical area and what had occurred, but this is also one of our best career-growth related episodes as well. To listen in on this interview with Josh LeBlanc, please use the player below:

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John Garrett

094: The Recovering CPA – An Interview with John Garrett!

In this week’s episode of Life In Accounting, a podcast production of, we have the unique experience of interviewing John Garrett, the self-titled “Recovering CPA” that now makes his living as a featured speaker and professional comedian. We invited John on the show for a few additional reasons though. Part of John’s focus is to make we accounting professionals aware of how professionalism can sometimes drown out who we are as individuals.  After hearing John speak on the topic of “What’s Your And?”, we just had to invite him on the show to share his message even further and to go deeper into the subject. What’s Your And? You should listen to the audio for this podcast for a more complete explanation, but suffice it to say that John’s belief is that we as accountants are truly more than just accountants. Who we are as individuals is defined by more than just our professional experience and GPA.  As a matter of fact, the more interesting items such as hobbies, passions, and even simple extracurricular interests differentiate us all much more than our generally similar professional backgrounds. So What? What this means for all of us, whether you are a student just trying to get your first internship or a ‘well-seasoned’ professional many years into your career, is that sharing what makes you uniquely you is actually an advantage in the workplace… not a drawback. John’s belief is that we need to work less at trying to scrub out all the professional explanations of who we are and what we do, and allow some of those more personal and unique outside interests enter into our conversations.  Often times it is exactly those conversations than end up meaning the most. Curious to hear more? In addition to our audio episode, please check out John’s own podcast as well at To listen to the audio interview with John Garrett, please click the link below:

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