Lightning T. Bear, Certified Public Accountant (for a day)

Posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 at 9:45 pm
Thunder with Elizabeth before school and work

Thunder with Elizabeth before school and work

Lightning helping Mr. Gandy with the first cup of coffee for the day.

Lightning helping Mr. Gandy with the first cup of coffee for the day.

Getting in good with the Managing Partner (The Boss!!)

Getting in good with the Managing Partner (The Boss!!)

Communication is a very important aspect of our job. Lightning talking on the phone

Communication is a very important aspect of our job. Lightning talking on the phone

Lightning working on a tax return.

Lightning working on a tax return.

Lightning with Mr. Gandy at the conclusion of a fun day at the office.

Lightning with Mr. Gandy at the conclusion of a fun day at the office.

 

Hello Class!

Wow! I had a great internship day with Mr. Gandy, Elizabeth’s dad. I learned a lot about being an accountant, working with numbers, and why understanding math, math facts, and problem solving is so important. During our lunch break I had a few minutes to interview him. Here is what we talked about:

What is your job:
I am a Certified Public Accountant and the Senior Tax Partner at BiggsKofford, P.C. I have worked here for almost 20 years.

Do you provide goods or services:
We provide accounting and consulting services to individuals, businesses and not-for profit organizations.

Is your job located in the city, suburbs or rural community:
BiggsKofford is located in the south part of Colorado Springs — between the suburbs and urban area of the city. We do most of our work in the urban areas of town.

How do you interact with other members of our community in your job duties:
I interact with members of the community by providing accounting and consulting services to individuals and businesses. The interaction with the client will also then provide the opportunity to interact with their bankers, attorneys, insurance agents and other financial advisors. We also interact with the community by sitting on Boards of non-profit organizations.

How does your job support our community:
Beyond our day to day responsibilities of client service our company supports the community in the following ways:

1.  We use our financial expertise to sit on non-profit boards to provide guidance and strategy that allows the Organizations to meet their  philanthropic goals.

2.  We work closely with UCCS to ensure their students are getting the proper accounting and finance educations and hoping they choose to begin their career in Colorado Springs. We work very closely with the school on the curriculum of accounting majors.

What would happen if your job did not exist in our community:
I would like to think that our businesses would not be operated as efficiently, but in reality, the community would go on if CPA’s did not exist.

I’m looking forward to my next internship. Mrs. Crosby hasn’t told me where I will be going, but I’m sure it will be great!
Until next time,

Lightning

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