Choose to start today
Native to Arkansas, CPA Eric Lamm spent most of his childhood and adolescence in Roswell, New Mexico, a border town most known for an alleged UFO crash in the 1940s.
His mother was an accountant, and like most rebellious teens, he swore off the profession altogether, temporarily diverting his passion for numbers. In fact, he started college studying engineering before moving to the business school at Texas Tech University.
This is where his course got a bit off track.
One month after turning 18, Eric was charged with unlawful possession of prescription drugs, a felony in the state of Texas. Although he was not convicted, after deferred adjudication, it was enough to light the fires of change.
“When things don’t go as planned, you can throw your hands up and let the past take over your future—or you can choose to start fresh today,” Eric says. “I knew I needed to align my priorities with my personal and professional goals moving forward and leave the past where it belongs.”
He quickly re-established himself in school, focused on his education and came out with a 4.0 GPA in graduate school.
After finding his footing, Eric’s history resurfaced when a large accounting firm rescinded his internship offer when his felony was disclosed.
CWA believes that one’s past mistakes do not define a person’s future, and after getting to know him during the interview process, the partners invited him to join their internship program.
It was a decision they would not regret. He quickly passed all four CPA exams in two months, a fete that can usually take people a year or more. His internship transitioned to full-time employment in May of 2018, when he joined Scott Clynch’s planning team.
Eric excelled under Scott’s mentorship and now leads a team of his own. Guiding his clients through every triumph and misstep to stay on track to reaching their long-term goals.
“Regardless of where my clients are at today, I’m here to encourage them that each milestone is obtainable. If we roll up our sleeves and put in the work, together, we can get there.”