This week's Meet the Roger CPA Review Team Q&A Series is with Tyler Skelton, Senior West Coast Representative. Tyler travels a great deal throughout the year, so we were excited to be able to catch up with him for a quick Q&A. Find out what he enjoys most about being the Senior West Coast Rep, his love of craft beer and what happened to him in 3rd grade.
A Q&A with Tyler Skelton, Senior West Coast Representative at Roger CPA Review
What do you do at Roger CPA Review?
I am responsible for maintaining and growing our market presence in the Pacific Northwest (plus Utah and Colorado). I primarily work with campuses and firms by providing students and staff members the information they need to pass the CPA Exam. I also assist upper management with a variety of projects including our work with firms and campuses on a national level.
What's your favorite thing about working at Roger CPA Review?
I think the opportunities I have available to me with this company are incredible. As a young professional, I have the privilege to work with some of the most brilliant people I have ever encountered. They continue to push me mentally and have helped me progress in my career. It also doesn’t hurt that I get to travel and explore new cities.
How does your current position influence what you’re passionate about?
In my position I interact with professors and students quite often. This allows me to see firsthand how technology is changing the landscape of the classroom. Working in the eLearning industry, we get to be a part of this transformation and I am looking forward to seeing how it will impact the way students learn in the future.
Who has impacted you most in your life and how?
My parents/family and girlfriend have supported me immensely throughout the years. I also have to give credit to some of my professors and colleagues for helping me see my true potential.
If you could go back in time and do one thing over, what would it be and why?
When I was in third grade, I was getting a drink from a water fountain and this girl in my class shoved my face into the water fountain. In doing so, she chipped off half of my front tooth. So, if I were to go back in time, I would let her go first.
If you could offer one piece of career (or life) advice to recent college graduates, what would it be?
Be patient with your opportunities and be open to exploring different options. My background in school was sports marketing and beer promotions. If you were to tell me I would be working in the accounting industry for a CPA Review company someday, I probably would’ve said, “Uh, no…” My point is that your career may take you down an unexpected path that turns out for the better and you may end up finding something you truly enjoy doing.
What is your favorite quote or mantra?
I have two:
“Everyone wants to be something. Only some of us have the discipline to become it.” - Jon Taffer
“If you want to win forever, always compete.” - Pete Carroll
How do you plan to enjoy the rest of the summer?
I will be counting down the days until Seahawks football is back on and the Mariners’ pathetic season is over. In the meantime, I will be out and about enjoying the great city of Seattle looking for my next favorite craft beer.
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