Experienced Tax Manager
Grant Thorton LLP
It’s easier to set a course than to change it. As Experienced Tax Manager from Grant Thorton LLP, Katrina Lucero is living proof.
In high school she knew that the better the grades she got, the better the college she would be able to attend – giving her more job opportunities upon graduation. So she got outstanding grades – in college she maintained a GPA of 4.0 in her major and graduated magna cum laude. She was even inducted as a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. Naturally, when it came to her career she was just as careful to start off on the right foot.
“I wanted to work in an industry with constant growth and challenge,” she explains. “I knew that becoming a CPA would let me go as far as I chose.” Today that means going to client offices, attending meetings and networking events, trading ideas with other experts in her field and taking courses to stay smarter than the next guy. She’s also active in mentoring and coaching minorities, including women in public accounting – striving to help with their professional aspirations and growth.
In her time off she likes to go snowmobiling, skiing, running, camping and weightlifting. She’s surely in fantastic shape, which must help provide her with a lot of extra energy, but still, you have to wonder: How does she find time for all these activities, in addition to her busy work schedule? How can Katrina fit a snowmobiling expedition into a weekend that might also include a few hours in the weight room, or a few hours out running? Not to mention any obligations she might have with the New Mexico Foundation of Make-A-Wish, of which she is chair of the finance committee?
It’s especially mind-boggling once you discover that she has two children to look after as well. How can one woman accomplish all these things? Her answer shouldn’t surprise you.
“Get an early start.”
“I knew that becoming a CPA would let me go as far as I chose.”
Years as a CPA: 14
Best job: Public Accounting
Worst job: Waitressing
Hobbies outside of work: Running, snowmobiling, weightlifting, skiing, camping, exercise/fitness/nutrition
Words to live by: "What you are will show in what you do.” – Thomas Edison