Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC, a certified public accounting and advisory firm, for the second consecutive year chose to have its firm-wide summer outing in Chattanooga. This year however, LBMC’s Young Professionals (YP) chose to add a day to the front of that event for Continued Professional Education (CPE) and community service.
On June 21, and one of the hottest days of the summer, 40 LBMC Young Professionals from across all three LBMC offices (Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga) met in Chattanooga for a morning of Continued Professional Education (CPE), followed by an afternoon of community services projects. The community service projects included assisting at Chattanooga area not for profits:
- Chattanooga Area Food Bank
- Samaritan Center
- Collegedale Library
- Signal Centers
- Northside Neighborhood House
Wearing LBMC Young Professional T-shirts with “Young Professionals Taking Charge of Their Futures,” printed on the back, each YP member took part in everything from landscape clean-up to food sorting to reading with children. Coordination with the area charities was organized by Chattanooga LBMC YP members Emily Job and Megan Murray.
Joanne Stanfield, Library director at Collegedale Public Library said, “Your help was greatly appreciated by our staff and saved us hours of time! Best wishes for your careers and future community service!”
Career growth at LBMC includes giving back to our communities and the development of leadership skills. The LBMC Young Professionals are setting new standards for career development. Ongoing training throughout the year prepares them for serving on boards, community service, presentation skill development, client service, as well as the technical training needed in their jobs. LBMC established the Young Professionals group to address the career support needs of employees with less than seven years of professional accounting experience. “Our goal is to build the next generation of LBMC leaders through our Young Professionals program,” said Kris Miller.
LBMC Young Professionals part of LEA International Volunteer Week.
LBMC’s Day of Service was also part of a much larger initiative to build a national Volunteer Week among the Young Professionals Special Interest Group of LEA Global during the week of June 18, 2012. In planning Volunteer Week, young professionals from LEA member firms worldwide were encouraged to choose a charity they wished to support.
Knowing that there are many charities that need assistance, LBMC YPs chose to focus efforts on five. “It was difficult to select just one and with the size of LBMC’s YP group, it just made sense to spread the resources to several needed organizations,” said Emily Job, LBMC Young Professional (Chattanooga). “The economy has had a significant impact on not for profits and part of our goals as young professionals is not only to grow our careers, but also to help strengthen and grow our community.”
Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC, and The LBMC Family of Companies has nearly 400 employees, with offices in Chattanooga, Nashville (Brentwood), and Knoxville, Tenn. Founded in 1984 as a traditional accounting firm, LBMC has expanded its focus to meet a broad range of financial, human resources and technology needs for its diverse client base. Specific services offered by the LBMC “Family of Companies” include: accounting and assurance services, business and personal tax consulting, investment advisory services, professional staffing, human resources outsourcing, payroll services, technology solutions, IT security, healthcare consulting, planning services, litigation support, business valuations, and mergers and acquisitions.