Garrett L. Smith

Age: 33

Business: Condley and Company LLP   

Job title: Partner

 

Why are you working in this industry? I enjoy working in the public accounting industry because it’s an interesting field of business where you get to meet and interact with all kinds of different individuals and businesses in your community. This is a unique difference because with most jobs you are required to focus on a narrow set of skills in a specific industry.

 

What are three daily habits that have helped you to become successful?

1. Listen to audio books every morning and evening

2. Use a daily to do list

3. Invest time into things I enjoy doing

 

What is the best advice you have ever received? Stay humble, hungry, and smart

 

What is an accomplishment that shaped your career? Passing the CPA exam! In the field of public accounting, once you have passed the CPA exam you know you have the tools necessary to be successful in your future career.

 

What changes have you seen in Abilene during your career? What changes would you like to see? Downtown Abilene has started to go through an amazing revitalization period. It has been exciting to see new businesses come in downtown and to see the community investment and interest into making that happen. I would love to see continued growth downtown, with new ideas and businesses that can help promote a positive future for our city.

 

Describe yourself in one word. Loyal

 

If you were to give one piece of advice to someone starting out in your field what would it be? Take some time to research the typical career progression path and make sure that it aligns with your personal goals and aspirations.

 

Community Involvement:

  • Friends of the Abilene Public Library – President, Treasurer, Member

  • Day Nursery of Abilene – Treasurer, Member

  • Abilene Chamber of Commerce - Leadership Abilene Class of 2015

  • Member of the Abilene Young Professionals

 

Family:

Wife, Kimberly; daughter Jayna, 3.

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