In this series of Meet the Roger CPA Review team, we'd like to introduce you to Tom Rogowski, Senior Business Development Director at Roger CPA Review. Learn more about Tom's background as a CPA, why he thrives in an entrepreneurial environment, and what he believes is at the heart of career success.
What do you do at Roger CPA Review?
I lead a team of business development professionals whose primary purpose is to create value, not only for Roger CPA Review, but for our customers as well. We understand challenges that exist within our targeted customer base and develop CPA Exam Review solutions to assist them in overcoming those challenges.
What’s your favorite thing about working at Roger CPA Review?
I have two. First, the people! I know that sounds cliché, but when everything we do is centered around the Company mission of creating an impactful learning experience that helps aspiring accountants achieve career success, well, that creates tremendous energy that is hard to find elsewhere.
Second, the entrepreneurial spirit that exists within the company. We are a young and quickly growing company that is not encumbered by “corporate” culture and burdened by archaic process. We don’t use words like “we can’t.” We do use words like “how can we.”
How does your current position influence what you’re passionate about?
I’m driven by helping others. In the context of my professional life, I understand how challenging it is to pass the CPA Exam. I often joke that I enjoyed taking the CPA Exam so much, I took it twice. It is extremely gratifying to be able to remove some of that “enjoyment” (sarcasm noted) from others by giving them the tools necessary to pass the CPA Exam and achieve career success. It has been almost 30 years since I took and passed the CPA Exam and I cannot think of a more significant professional accomplishment. I know what it has meant to me and I want others to have that same experience. And no, I didn’t take the exam on stone tablets!
Who has impacted you most in your life and how?
Oh geez. I can’t limit it to a single person. Being a product of my environment, my parents have always preached (and lived) Midwestern values. Integrity, accountability and hard work…maybe it should come as no surprise that I grew up to be a CPA. On a lighter note, I have a passion for history. I have my 7th grade history teacher, Mr. V, to thank for that. He truly brought history to life within the classroom. If the world didn’t have accountants, you would find me teaching elementary school history.
If you could go back in time and do one thing over, what would it be and why?
Okay, I have been sitting here and thinking about this question for 10 minutes. I got nothin’. Honestly, all the bad/wrong decisions I have made in life (and there have been plenty) have made me who I am. I am who I am because of all the experiences prior to this moment (I know, pretty deep huh). Things happen, you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, learn how not to fall down again, and move forward.
What piece of career or life advice would you give to recent college graduates?
Pursue your passion. You will often hear that life is too short. However, I will tell you that time almost stops if you find yourself doing something that is personally meaningless and devoid of passion.