Hello MSCPA Members!
My name is Allen, and I am excited to become the next Executive Director of this outstanding organization. My first order of business will be getting to know you and learning what keeps you up at night and what gets you out of bed in the morning. To break the ice, I wanted to tell you a little about who I am… You can read about my career in the announcement, but that is only a small part of who I am.
Currently, I live in Columbus, Ohio, and people here ask, “Why move to Montana?” Professionally, this is a dream opportunity, and I look forward to growing and building on the work of Jane, the staff, and our members. Personally, my family and I love being surrounded by nature, so we are very excited to explore the beauty of the state and take in the landscape you call home.
One of my favorite hobbies is mountain biking. I didn’t learn to ride until I was six or seven, but once I learned, it was hard to get me off of a bike. My wife and I met on a mountain biking trip, and I already have a list of friends who want to come riding in Montana.
During the interview process, I was asked about relocating to a smaller city. I turned 40 a couple of years ago, and while my last 20 years were spent in Columbus, most of my first 20 years were spent in a speck on the map called Clarington, Ohio. Growing up, my world view was two hills and the Ohio River. We drove 10 miles each way to get groceries once a week. There will definitely be adjustments, but Helena has everything a person needs (nice people, craft beer, good coffee, and a Target).
My wife, Jill, is an accountant currently working in industry. When we met, her plan was to be in Columbus for a few months then move west. I only delayed her plans by 16 years. We have two boys: Byron, who turns 9 later this year and Winston, who turned 7 in December. As you can imagine, there is rarely a dull moment around our house. Our family photos do a pretty good job of capturing a typical night at our house.
I would like to thank Jane, the staff, and the volunteers and members for all their work making MSCPA the great organization it is today. In particular, I want to thank the Search Strike Force for making me feel welcome during the interview process, and for their belief in my ability to lead this organization.
Please join me at the Annual Conference in Billings, June 22-23. There, we will celebrate Jane’s accomplishments and reignite your passion for the accounting profession with some great speakers and opportunities to connect with friends old and new. We’ll roll out the welcome mat so you can relax and learn at your professional home!