Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Employee Spotlight: Phil Davis

EMJ is proud to celebrate Phil Davis, a Financial Accounting Analyst in our Chattanooga office, on becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)—a title which was earned through several weeks of 4 a.m. study sessions before work and six- to eight-hour study sessions on weekends.

“Phil has been a great addition to our team. His hard work and determination have been evident since day one, and I am excited for him to achieve such a huge milestone in his career,” says Megan Duman, Controller at EMJ Corporation.

Upon joining EMJ, a little over a year ago, Phil had already passed the first of four sections of the CPA exam. The other three sections got delayed due to COVID-19 shutdowns, so what could have been a six month process ended up taking twice as long. According to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, “A CPA license is the accounting profession’s highest standard of competence.” Many believe that the CPA exam is one of the most difficult professional exams out there—four sections, each taking four hours, and covering a wide-range of material that is presented in a combination of multiple-choice questions, task-based simulations and a written communication section.

“It’s not as much a test of mental capability as it is about your work ethic and dedication,” said Phil when talking about his 20 hours/week study regimen to prepare for the CPA exam.

Phil graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting. Upon graduation, he and his wife moved to Hawaii where he worked for a CPA firm and even spent a short stint helping a friend grow his business venture. When he wasn’t working, he spent his time hiking, surfing, playing beach volleyball, and even swimming with dolphins on the island of Oahu.

After moving back to the mainland in 2018, Phil became a Senior Audit associate for Elliott Davis in Nashville, Tennessee. His work travels landed him in Chattanooga, where he was quickly drawn to all of the outdoor adventure the city had to offer. A few months later, he joined EMJ as a Financial Accounting Analyst and he has been enjoying the scenic city ever since. He enjoys being able to do both accounting and finance work in his role, which allows him to help with everything from month-end close to forecast and analysis. When he’s not crunching numbers, Phil likes to go trail running, play sand volleyball, and hike with his family.

One of our values at EMJ is grit, which Phil undoubtedly displayed along his journey to becoming a CPA. Congratulations on this well-deserved and hard earned accomplishment, Phil!