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Ramsey Womack joined us this week to share his story of starting in the Army, to becoming a partner in a public accounting firm, to shifting into the consulting world in order to get more variety in his daily work life.

Born Into Accounting

Early in the interview Ramsey shares with us that he was “born into accounting” in that he had many family members that were CPAs in his family.  What’s interesting though is that he had an equal passion to serve our country, which was also something he acquired from his family origins.  For this reason, although he majored in accounting in college, he chose to start his career by serving in the Army for the first four years after college.

Getting Back In…

Moving back into the accounting world proved challenging initially for a few reasons.  He had a tremendous internship with Arthur Andersen during school, but after he served his 4 years in the Army, Andersen was on the brink of closing at that point.  Therefore, he couldn’t return for a full-time position as he had thought he might initially.  Instead, he started to consider other career paths and started in the management training program with Home Depot.  He made a great living with Home Depot, but it became clear quickly that he would have to relocate in order to get promoted, so he decided it was time to return to his original career choice:  Accounting.

Out and Up

Being the people-person that Ramsey is, one of his friendships ended up landing him in the office of a local accounting firm.  He was able to get on-board with the firm as a staff person, which was a pay cut at the time since he had been building a different career previously, but it was a move that paid off.  In a few short years, he became a manager with the firm, and then in a few more he was a partner.  After many years with the firm, he decided he wanted to expand his experiences and get more variety in his career, so he joined an outsourced consulting group – WG Consulting in Houston, Texas.  Although he is thankful for the time he spent in public accounting, the consulting world is a good fit for him presently as he thoroughly enjoys all the variety that comes with this type of work.

If you are transitioning from the military into civilian life, wanting to move up in public accounting, or even interested in the consulting space, this podcast will be invaluable.

Other shows you may enjoy:  Libby King, and Roderick Robeson

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