|University of Kentucky, BBA||1992|
Jere W Clancy
I blame my parents like most children do. I am the child of two CPA’s and we were not allowed to go home after school from January until May. Instead we had to go to their office and study or somehow entertain ourselves at a Kentucky CPA Firm. Tax Code is only so fun. My parents could only trick us into “let’s put the checks in order” game so many times.
The work wasn’t that bad. We were paid $5 an hour when we worked and that went a long way in the 70’s. At age 10, I was working on Digital Equipment’s giant accounting machine which was the size of a refrigerator and less powerful than my cell phone is now. I was working on AP and Payroll. Then the greatest thing happened. The PC arrived and with it Compuserve followed by AOL sucking endless amounts of idle time. Sometime later a browser came out but I missed that until college because I was an athlete and was not indoors again until college.
My dad had every business magazine which you could subscribe. At 7, I was reading Fortune, Businessweek, Forbes and all kinds of crazy trade journals such as Realtor, Journal of Accountancy, Contractor, Hotel Business, etc. From an early age, I was curious as to why some people at work were happy and made lots of money and others were always fighting and complaining about co-workers who made more money and did half their job. Ever since, I continually challenge the notion of “because that’s how we have always done it”. There is ALWAYS a different way, you only have to be open to it.
As you can imagine, listening to the dinner conversations in our home was like having 25 years of experience under my belt before I ever started my first job. In fact, at my first job, I was expected to know Lotus 123 but I did not. I had to learn it on the fly. Ever since, I vowed keep current with technology. Moreover, I have been a champion and early adopter of technology in the fields of accounting, finance, FP&A, etc. by automating manual processes whenever possible.