Every January we wipe the proverbial slate clean – we review the past year and plan for the upcoming one. This year we had a lot to celebrate – for one, we turned 10! The goal when Culpepper CPA started was to take our diverse, extensive experience and shift from the traditional fast-paced culture of global and national firms to a relationship-based culture focused on developing partnerships with our clients.
Sure, we may be a bit nerdy and love a good spreadsheet a bit more than the average person, but our relationship-focused approach bridges the gap between traditional accountants and personalized service. Likewise, we extend this same relationship-focused approach to growing and developing our team. We have all heard Mark Twain’s famous quote; “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Our firm embodies that; we embrace our team’s individuality – their experience, their goals, their opinions – so they never lose their passion for accounting.
Keeping with tradition, we’ve asked all of our team members to answer some questions so you can get to know a little bit more about each of us:
What are you most excited for in 2023?
Allison: Spending time with family and friends, hoping everyone continues to stay happy and healthy.
Stacie: New possibilities!
Kelsey: Ed Sheeran concert in July.
Rebekah: Graduating from the MAcc!!!
Craig: Probably going to India with my girlfriend towards the end of the year to visit some of her extended family.
Michael: Getting my Sunfish sailboat repaired.
Mary: Taking a two week trip to the UK for a wedding!
Todd: Spending lots of time at the lake and travelling (after tax season of course).
If you were a professional baseball player what would your introduction song be?
Allison: ‘Regulate’ – Warren G ft. Nate Dogg
Leigh Anne: ‘Gonna Fly Now (theme from Rocky)’ – Bill Conti
Kelsey: Get ‘Ready For This’ – 2 Unlimited
Rebekah: ‘Master of Puppets’ – Metallica
Craig: ‘Heaven is a Place on Earth’ – Belinda Carlisle. You know that someone with the confidence to use that as their walk-up song is absolutely going to smack one over the fence.
Michael: ‘Live Wire’ – AC/DC
Proudest moment at Culpepper CPA this year?
Allison: Proud to be a part of the team and lucky to work with some really great people. I also like how we have fun together, volunteer together, and give back to the community.
Kelsey: Learning so much during busy season.
Rebekah: Completing my first tax season ever.
Michael: Our community service.
Todd: Seeing all of the growth and development of our team and how we always come together no matter what challenges we are faced with – and there are ALWAYS new challenges!
Favorite hobbies outside of work?
Allison: Being with my kids and hanging out with my friends when I have time.
Stacie: Gamble, read, travel.
Leigh Anne: Lake life and spending time with my family.
Kelsey: Singing, playing guitar and piano.
Rebekah: Hiking, going to downtown restaurants and bars.
Craig: Cooking – I started learning more about it during the pandemic when I had nothing else to do.
Michael: Wakeboarding and sailing.
Mary: Lake, travel, anything with my family, friends, and dogs!
Todd: Spending time at the lake or at the beach.
Favorite vacation spot?
Allison: The beach.
Stacie: Sunny beaches.
Leigh Anne: The beach.
Kelsey: Charleston, SC.
Rebekah: Anywhere w/ a beach.
Craig: Hilton Head Island is always my go-to.
Mary: Anywhere tropical.
Todd: Dominican Republic.
Best Christmas carol/holiday song?
Stacie: ‘Santa Baby’ and ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’
Leigh Anne: ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘Tennessee Christmas’
Kelsey: ‘Tennessee Christmas’ (Amy Grant) or ‘O Come, All You Unfaithful’ (Sovereign Grace Music)
Rebekah: ‘Mary, Did You Know?’
Craig: Definitely ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ (Paul McCartney)
Michael: ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’
Mary: ‘Mary, Did You Know?’ and ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’
This is always one of our favorite blogs – it allows us to take a break from technical topics and gives us an opportunity to review everything we’ve accomplished and the fun we’ve had. We hope you enjoy getting a glimpse into the lives of our team members that you might not know much about. We are excited and proud to have a team today that shares that same vision and passion we started with a little more than 10 years ago.
All of us are so thankful for all of the support we have received over the last 10 years and are excited for the next 10+. We hope that you and yours enjoy good food, good company, and have safe travels as we close out the year and move into 2023!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the family at Culpepper CPA to you and yours!