Morgan is a Manager in DeJoy, Knauf & Blood's Tax Practice. She brings specific expertise to our clients who operate in the real estate and healthcare industry, as well as providing services to their respective business owners. Morgan brings strong expertise, as well as a straight forward and outgoing personality to each of her client's unique situations. She works hard to help her clients achieve their personal and financial goals, but also knows when it's time to take a break to go to a Bills or Sabres game! To learn more about Morgan check out the interview below!
Q1: What has inspired and influenced you to pursue a career in accounting?
Initially, it was a decision based on the fact that it came naturally to me and that I could make a decent living in the field. Now that I am a CPA in the tax practice, I am inspired to continue pursuing accounting because of the incredible opportunities to keep learning. The tax code is an ever-changing set of rules that are smacked together by legislators that want to influence behavior. Reading the Internal Revenue Code, understanding it, and figuring out how it applies to my clients is like candy for my brain.
Q2: How did you go from a theater major to an accounting major?
My evolution into an accounting major was definitely unexpected. I was initially a dual major in Theatre and Management with the aspiration to be a performance arts administrator of some kind. The first business class I was placed in was Principles of Financial Accounting. It wasn’t too long into the course that I realized that accounting just made sense to me. What was even more surprising to me was that I found it fun. After some coaching from my accounting professor, I switched my major to Accounting. When you really break it down, acting isn’t that different from tax compliance. In both cases, you have a set of rules: for acting it’s the script, for taxes it’s the Internal Revenue Code. Those rules dictate the way that you communicate with the audience. The interpretation of the rules, and the manner of the execution of communication is the art. Perhaps that is why it was a smooth transition.
Q3: What made you relocate to Rochester from Albany?
I heard about TeamDKB through one of my SUNY Plattsburgh friends. When I started looking for jobs in my senior year, she suggested that I consider this firm. She grew up in Rochester and thought that I would like it. More importantly, she thought I would like DKB. Once I got here, I realized how right she was! Rochester is truly an incredible city. There is so much to do, but each suburb has its own small-town feel. Between festivals, music venues, professional sports teams, a zoo, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes...and so many more, this is great place to be. In 2014, my husband and I moved back to my hometown outside of Albany. In less than one year, we had moved back to Rochester. I missed this city, its people, and the life that I had here. Rochester is my hometown now.
Q4: What is your favorite part about being a member of TeamDKB?
For me, it’s all about the people. The team that we have here is unparalleled. TeamDKB members are smart, hardworking, and professional. Every day brings challenging work, but we face those challenges as a unified team with the support of the partners. I feel lucky to have been exposed to such a talented group throughout my professional development. We are also a compassionate, understanding, and entertaining group. Because of this team, my days in the office are filled not just with hard work, but also with laughter and comradery. All of these qualities mixed together have made working here not just professionally rewarding, but also personally rewarding.
Q5: What were some big milestones both personally and professionally that have happened over the past year?
Professionally, I have progressed from an entry-level hire to a manager and team leader in just under six years. That has required hard work, determination, and a focus on constant growth both from a technical standpoint and in my management skills. None of that would have been possible without the constant coaching and personal involvement of the partner and management team at TeamDKB. Personally, I will shortly be celebrating my 3rd wedding anniversary with my husband, Jeff. He has been an integral part of my successes in my career as well. He supports me to achieve my goals by providing encouragement, a second opinion, and by keeping me laughing.
Q6: What are your hobbies outside of work?
I have a few hobbies outside of work. I like to go to Amerks, Sabres, and Bills games. I enjoy live music, particularly heavy metal and alternative rock. But, most of all, I am an avid videogamer. Videogames tend to get a bad reputation. However, because of some of my physical limitations, it is one of the few competitive activities that I can participate in that won’t get me in trouble with my spine doctor. Recently, I have been accepted as a Mentor Assistant in the Dames of Destiny clan. Dames of Destiny is a group of all female gamers which seeks to provide a safe and supportive environment for women to game in. As an MA, my job is to help other clan members learn how to complete end-game (really difficult) content. If a videogame were football, I would be the offensive coordinator. Being involved in this clan has been an opportunity for me to meet people from around the world, hone my leadership skills, and practice breaking down difficult concepts into teachable pieces.
Q7: If you could give one piece of advice to those starting a career in any field what would it be?
Be it during contract negotiations, the desire to pursue new lines of business, or even changing your role because of some life changes, you should always seek to make yourself a priority. At the end of the day, you have to live your life and It should be the life you want to live. Be your own best advocate to make that happen!