Abbey Hagerman

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Anton Collins Mitchell

What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?

My greatest personal accomplishment is obtaining my CPA license. I was a first generation college student who didn't really know what they wanted to do in business but found that accounting was very appealing to me. I quickly change my major from business administration and the rest is history. I obtained my Masters in Accounting in 2009 and then got a job with Mader Tschacher Peterson & Co, LLC. Once I was gainfully employed I knew the next step was to get my CPA. I worked diligently for over a year to obtain my license; it was four marathon study sessions, one right after another. Only 10% of CPAs pass first time through each section and I'm proud to say that I am one of the 10%.

What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?

I plan to continue my career as a public accountant with ACM LLP, expanding not only my knowledge in both the audit and taxation but my client base as well. I hope that within five years I will be able to make partner at the firm.

What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?

I am actively involved with the women's organization P.E.O. It's a philanthropic organization of women supporting other women to achieve their dreams of pursuing higher education. I have been the co-chair and treasurer of our city-wide fundraiser "Kaleidoscope of Tables" for the past four years. The event brings women of all walks of life together to enjoy an afternoon of food and beautifully decorated tablescapes while raising an average of $5,000 per year. The funds are then allocated to many of P.E.O.'s international and state programs/scholarship to help women achieve higher education.

What action or event that you've been a part of, that you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie? Or are you most proud of?

I was a graduate/particant in Leadership Laramie (LL) from 2013-2015. Prior to being involved in LL,I didn't feel like I was a part of the Laramie community. I was young in my career and wasn't ready to call Laramie "home." After the first year of classes I had made relationships with not only my classmates, but with leaders in the Laramie community. I continued in my second year as chairwoman of the class and found myself not only calling Laramie home but being an advocate of our community and became excited for its future. To this day the connections I made through leadership Laramie are paramount not only in my professional career but in my sense of belonging in the community. I am forever grateful for the opportunities that were presented to me and proud of myself for seizing the opportunity to be involved.

What excites you most about the future of Laramie?

Laramie is in a pivotal place to accept growth and change; we need to work to make things happen. Wyoming is an attractive business environment and Laramie should be a prime location for new business. We have influential community members working hard to bring in new businesses while working toward fostering growth in our current businesses. It's a great place to raise a family and hopefully we can make it even more desirable for our future generations to stay and raise their families too.

What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?

My parents are hardworking, blue-collar entrepreneurs who have taught me that through hard work, dedication and a loving support network you can achieve anything.

What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?

Get out and get involved! It's important to meet people your own age but also the pillars of leadership in our community. You may think you know Laramie because you went to school here, but don't short change yourself; there's a whole other side to Laramie that provides you with professional development, interpersonal relationships, and unlimited opportunities to get involved and make a difference.

20 Under 40Jacob Chavez2017