Two Unique Stories About a Walk-About Through Europe

Annette Goodson, CPA and Jan Beverley, CPA

ATKG prides itself on having a fun, collaborative, and progressive work environment, including unique employee perks you don’t see at other accounting firms.  The firm’s Walk-About program is designed to show appreciation to our rock star team for their years of service and dedication to the success of ATKG and its clients. As a team member celebrates their first 5-year anniversary with the firm, they are given 2 weeks paid time off to enjoy an adventure of their choosing. The Walk-About is in addition to their annual PTO. As a team member reaches their 10-year anniversary and every 5-year anniversary thereafter, they receive a month instead of 2 weeks! While away, team members must follow one critical rule – disconnect completely from work. That means no reviewing emails, returning phone calls or cutting your Walk-About short! It’s all about recharging, relaxing, and enjoying the best things in life.

Below are two Walk-About stories of European adventures by Senior Managers – Annette Goodson and Jan Beverley. We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed hearing about them upon their return.

Annette Goodson, CPA
Senior Manager

In celebration of my 15-year anniversary with ATKG, I was granted a walkabout which allowed me to combine this celebration with the celebration of another milestone in my life – my 25th wedding anniversary. My husband, Stewart, and I had always dreamed of traveling to Italy and we figured that this was the perfect opportunity!

Over a two-week period, we traveled across Italy with our tour group consisting of eight other couples. We stayed in Sorrento, Rome, Perugia, Viareggio, Florence and Venice and visited many small towns in between. The drive along the Amalfi coast was beautiful, and we really enjoyed the laid-back lifestyle of the Tuscan countryside. We visited many churches that were architectural masterpieces and shopping in Florence was fantastic. Of course, we had to go on a gondola ride in Venice, but, the absolute highlight of our trip was the after-hours visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. With a group of only 21 people in the Chapel (including a fantastic guide), we could linger and take it all in and take as many pictures as we wanted. (This was the experience of a lifetime!)

In addition to all the fun experiences mentioned above, I learned several lessons along the way:

  • Pompeii had wine bars and pizza ovens. (Really, I have pictures to prove it.)
  • Wine is cheaper than Coca Cola. Save money—drink the wine.
  • When it gets hot in the afternoon, stop for an Aperol Spritz.
  • It’s easy to gain weight in Italy. (Every meal is multiple courses.)
  • After two weeks, it is good to come home to my ATKG family.

Thank you to ATKG for the walkabout!  It allowed me to fulfill a dream.

Jan Beverley, CPA
Senior Manager

I hit 10 years with ATKG and was granted a walkabout which was an incredible gift from the partners. Having 2 kids that are 3 and under, I was looking forward to lounging around some, but naturally those plans were diverted quite quickly! My little sister graciously (and bravely) offered to watch my kiddos for a week with the help of my Mom. This allowed me and my husband to take a much needed week long vacation in Europe.

This was our first time to go overseas and it was AMAZING.We spent 3 days in London and 3 days in Paris and I think we did a little bit of everything! We saw the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Borrough Market, Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Musee d’Orsay and we ate so much food.  The culture was our favorite part of the trip and don’t listen to what people say – the French were friendly and helpful!

Once we got back from the trip, I was looking forward to vegging out and watching A LOT of the Women’s World Cup (Go USA), but between our house deciding to need repairs and some sick kiddos, there was a lot of balancing of typical life things…. But we still had Paris.

Thanks to ATKG for the time to have a trip of a lifetime!

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