Chief Financial Officer
The Youth Connection, Inc.
Bloomfield Hills, MI
While you're in school, "Get the highest amount of education you can." That's Jeffery Hill’s advice to you, and it's easy to see why: His education has opened some pretty important doors in his own life and career.
"I worked the assembly line for General Motors," he recalls. That’s when he decided to enrich his mind a little more and start community college. "That led to a scholarship, which led to Ernst & Young, which led to numerous jobs in various industries," he explains. All "thanks to my CPA license."
Now, as Chief Financial Officer of The Youth Connection, Inc., he's head money-man for a successful organization that works to benefit local kids. He does all kinds of things for the group, "all equally important" he says, "that only I am qualified to do, with my CPA license and experience.”
Good thing he hung in there for that extra degree, huh? Now Jeffery and his wife travel and cheer on family members at sporting events. He also volunteers with organizations like the AICPA, the Michigan Association of CPAs and the National Association of Black Accountants.
If he weren't already a grown-up, he could be the poster child for education. And he recommends one sort of education in particular: "If you would like to be a trusted member of any organization, consider putting in the years to become a CPA."
“If you would like to be a trusted member of any organization, consider putting in the years to become a CPA.”
Years as a CPA: 29
Best job: Ozark National Life/NIS
Worst job: Shoe salesman
Hobbies outside of work: Small game hunting, doing puzzles with family, traveling, watching National Geographic
Words to live by: "Always contemplate fully your next move because turtles win a lot more than you might think."