Employee Spotlight: Austen Myers

Austen Myers is an Audit Senior at the firm. In addition to his everyday duties assisting Financial Institutions with internal and external audit procedures, he currently serves as the leader of the firm’s Young Professionals Group (YPG). The YPG provides an opportunity for younger staff and seniors to voice ideas for making the firm better.

Austen believes that the best part of the YPG is that the firm’s COO and managing partner care about the ideas that team members bring to the table. Often, some variation of ideas from YPG are actually implemented firm-wide. 

RBG believes in having a young professional group because it exposes older members of the firm to the younger generation. It also helps the firm to attract and retain the best young professionals for future leadership at the firm.

Below, you’ll find a little more information about Austen and why he enjoys working with RBG. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
The key to success is communication. Since public accounting is a team environment, we must communicate to all team members about where we stand on projects in order to be as efficient and effective as possible. When one team member falls behind, there is always a team member to pick you up if the communication is clear throughout the project. 

What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars?
When a team member asks you to help them, don’t let yes be your only response. Let that team member know what is on your plate so your workload can be prioritized. Only then can the proper help be assigned and work spread around if needed. 

What accomplishment are you most proud of so far in our career?
I’m most proud of earning my CPA, CFE, and then continuing to educate myself every chance I get. I am also proud of my willingness to learn and develop my skills to better serve our clients.

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
The most inspiring part of my job is getting to help team members and clients better understand accounting.

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: the power to remove negative thoughts from people.

What is your favorite part of working at RBG?
My favorite part of working at RBG is the ability to make a difference not only for our clients but for the firm. The management at RBG has an open door policy. All team members are able to meet with managers talk about altering or adding new policies and procedures that make RBG, in my opinion, the most desirable firm in Memphis to work for.

What is your favorite part of working in the Memphis area?
My favorite thing about working in the Memphis area is getting to be with my family. I love spending time with family and childhood friends. I also enjoy exercising at Shelby Farms Park and enjoying many of the city’s local breweries and restaurants.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Beer Brewer

What is one item on your bucket list?
I want to spend the maximum amount of time with my family and friends. That is number one on my list and I strive to achieve it every day.

Who would you most like to swap places with for a day? Someone who owns a very large Ford Mustang collection. 

Who is someone you admire, and why?
My grandmother Neane. She retired early to take care of me while parents worked so that I did not have to go to a daycare. The time I spent with her and the many lessons she taught me helped me to relate to a different generation of people. She also taught me how to cook and how to maintain a yard which actually led to me having a yard maintenance business during high school and much of college.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Negativity. You can find the good in all bad. I like to encourage others to spend negative energy finding the good versus bringing down the people around you.

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?
Many people don’t know that I love to garden. My flower beds are filled with flowering shrubs and annuals.

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