What year did you join Blackman & Sloop?
2021 – first as a seasonal tax preparer, and then as a full-time tax associate on June 1st.

Why did you choose Blackman & Sloop?
I first learned about Blackman & Sloop when living in Texas and I saw that they received a “Best Accounting Firm to Work For” award from Accounting Today. In fact, they have earned that award five years in a row! When I moved back to North Carolina, I knew I had to send a resume to Blackman & Sloop. My experience with them has been positive from day one, and I quickly learned why they are so well regarded. Blackman & Sloop provides a challenging, supportive, positive work environment and values the success and well-being of both their staff and their clients.

What are your favorite ways to practice positivity?
I have always been a “glass half-full” person and I choose to see the positive in all people and situations. I saw a desk sign at the store that I had to buy because it perfectly reflects my attitude: “Everything is figureoutable!”. I am surrounded by positive people at Blackman & Sloop, and I am committed to doing my part to keep spreading that positivity.

What do you like most about living in North Carolina?
Being close to my family! I moved away to TX for two years and am very grateful that my husband and I were able to return in late 2020. We love hiking both in the Blue Ridge Mountains and on the beaches of the Carolina coast. And, we are die-hard Durham Bulls fans and are so excited to get back to more in-person baseball games at the DBAP!

Which one of Blackman & Sloop’s Core Values resonates the most to you and why?
There are actually 2 of the 5 core values that particularly appeal to me. The first one, “Foster a positive team and family spirit,” aligns with my own core values as described above. The second is “Pay it forward.” I was excited to join Blackman & Sloop’s “Pay it forward” committee which immediately gave me the chance to volunteer for several local non-profits. It can be hard to know as an individual how to give back to one’s community, so I am very thankful that Blackman & Sloop values and encourages community service.