I always joke that accounting is in my blood. My story begins with my great grandmother, Julia, who immigrated to the United States from Russia via Ellis Island. In Russia, Julia’s father would loan her to neighboring farmers to work the land. One of these farmers knew of Julia’s dream to immigrate to America and agreed to loan her money to pay for the trip. Julia settled in Brooklyn, New York and worked hard as a laundress to repay her loan to the Russian farmer. The farmer responded in a letter and told Julia that he had made many similar loans, and Julia was the only person who repaid him.
Julia married and had 4 sons, the oldest of which was my grandfather. My grandfather, a CPA, served in the Army during WWII and met a CPA from San Antonio while serving together. After the war ended, he moved from New York and opened a practice with his new friend in San Antonio. My grandfather had so many clients in Laredo that he decided to move there with my grandmother. My grandparents had 3 children – my aunt (a baker), my mother (a CPA), and my uncle (a CPA). My mom met my dad while working for a “Big 8” firm in Houston, and they moved to Laredo after getting married to become partners in my grandfather’s firm. Today, my grandfather’s firm still lives on in Laredo with my parents and my uncle as the 3 partners.
Much to my Longhorn parents’ dismay, I attended Texas A&M University (whoop!) and graduated in 2009 with my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting. My husband and brother-in-law are also graduates of Texas A&M’s accounting program, and they both work as CPAs for private companies in San Antonio. My son, who is 2 years old, may be doomed to follow in his family’s footsteps and become a future accountant; I even caught him flipping through my October issue of the Journal of Accountancy the other day! I started my career with a “Big 4” firm and, after 8 years, left to join ATKG. It has been a wonderful transition, and I look forward to continuing my family’s legacy. My family’s story truly is the American Dream, and I have always believed that hard work will pay off. I think it’s safe to say that accounting really is in my blood. After all, Julia is in fact my middle name!
Allison Miller, Manager