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know what they’re going through. I
really do know what they’re going
through because I was a part of
Q What role has your TMA membership played in
When I signed on with
Gordon Brothers, they said, “You need to
join the local TMA chapter.” So I did, and
I was able to go in and meet a lot of the
people who knew their way around.
In particular, there was Kevin Crumbo
of Kraft CPAs, who was the TMA
Tennessee Chapter president at the time.
I connected with him, let him know
where I was. He was very generous.
He showed me around, introduced
me to the other members of the group,
and really just made it an easy entry
for me. Another person in the group,
Kimberly Stagg, who’s an attorney
with Dickinson Wright PLLC and is a
chapter board member, has been very
supportive. She keeps me up to date on
networking activities in this market.
Basically, TMA allowed me to enter
into a new area that I was not familiar
with, meet a lot of the people in short
order, and develop relationships, so
it’s actually been very good for me.
Q What advice would you have for someone who was thinking of
coming into the industry or was new
to the industry?
I’ve heard someone say,
“You have two ears and one mouth. You
should listen twice as much as you talk.”
In this business, you have to come into
a situation and assess what’s really
going on. Because you show up and
you’re usually there on behalf of the
bank or the court or whomever, people
will say what they think you want to
hear. So you have to have good listening
skills if you’re going to enter this business.
The one thing that is unique is that our
days are not filled with the same thing
every day. It’s going to be something
different. You can bet on it. You’ve got to
be versatile. You’ve got to also be able to
walk and chew gum at the same time.
The other thing is to make sure you’re
surrounded with some good people
who will share with you. I said a lot
of these things about my favorite
projects that we did, but it’s never been
a single person doing it. It’s always
a group, at least the way we work.
You just kind of get the best of all
worlds when you put a team together,
and that’s what’s worked for us.
Q What might people who know you only professionally be most
surprised to learn about you?
I play the trumpet. I
played it when I was in high school and
college. I’m the caretaker of our family
farm. We have a 50-acre farm in
Mississippi that I manage.
Q What does caretaking for a 50-acre farm involve?
It involves paying all the
bills, taking care of the house, paying
the taxes and insurance. We’re not
planting any food; it’s just alfalfa grass
for hay. You grow the hay, get it cut and
baled, and you sell it. It’s not a day-to-
day job, but it’s something you’ve got to
keep on your radar. It is a part of my
Q What are you passionate about outside the office?
My wife and I have no
children of our own, but we have a host
of nieces and nephews—20-plus. We
enjoy spending time with them and
getting involved in their lives. In some
cases, we feel like we’re grandparents,
not just uncles and aunts.
We also volunteer at our local church.
We help out primarily in the Sunday
school department. When we have
the time, we like to travel. It’s been a
few years, but we’ve traveled to Egypt
and Israel and Greece, and we plan to
do some more international travel. I’d
like to make sure I travel to all seven
continents. I’ve been to most, but I have
not been to Australia or Antarctica.
Those are two that are on my list.
Q Beyond travel, what else is on your bucket list?
I really would like to write
a self-help book and to establish a
scholarship in my parents’ name. I’d like
to have a scholarship for kids coming
out of high school who are less fortunate,
who may have the smarts but not the
money. I would probably do it at my
alma mater, Jackson State University. J