It all stated with night classes when I was in the Air Force. Moved on to an Associates Degree from Brevard Junior College and ending my formal education with a BS degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University in December 1969.
I passed the New York CPA exam in 1974 and then moved that certificate to Virginia in 1976.
I began my career working with one of the “Big Eight” accounting and auditing firms, Coopers and Lybrand, in January 1970 as an Auditor and Computer Consultant specializing in large SEC corporations, financial companies and utilities. In 1976 I moved to Philip Morris USA (PM) as an Executive Trainee and Cost Manager. When I left PM, I was the Lead Accountant on the construction of a new billion dollar cigarette manufacturing facility. My next job was Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for American Filtrona Corporation with 9 manufacturing plants throughout the US and Canada. In the year 2000 I purchased Baughan’s Tax Services and we were off to the races. I attribute my successes throughout my career to working with great people that mentored and guided me. Thanks to everyone.