Director of Government and International Relations
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
Some people discover their love of accounting through a college class. For others, it’s a mentor who shows them the way.
For Linda Biek, it was the want ads in the Atlanta newspaper. Seriously.
“In college, I chose between business and engineering, because I knew I liked math,” she says. “I opted for business and chose a marketing major because it was the easiest, honestly. After graduating, I worked in a couple of sales jobs and decided this was not the life for me. That’s when I went to the want ads in the newspaper.”
As Linda scanned through the “A’s,” she saw a lot of accounting jobs. And they paid well. “So I decided to take a few classes and see if it was something that might interest me. The more I learned about accounting, the more I realized I had found my career.”
Today Linda is the director of government and international relations for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. “I may fly to Washington DC to meet with a member of congress to discuss an accounting issue,” she says, “or consult with our CEO on a letter that needs to be sent to the government or some other stakeholder to share our position on a policy. It’s an exciting, challenging career.”
It’s a long way from the want ads of the newspaper, but Linda knows she has found her niche – a fact that has always surprised those that know her well. “People are shocked when they find out I’m a CPA,” she says. “I’m outgoing, fun-loving, and love to spend money. I still recall what my uncle said when he heard I was studying accounting: ‘You’re going to be a CPA? Ha.’”
Sounds like Linda got the last laugh.
“The more I learned about accounting, the more I realized I had found my career.”
Years as a CPA: 21
Best job: This one!
Worst job: First year in public accounting
Hobbies outside of work: Traveling, working with nonprofits in the Nashville area
Pets: 2 greyhounds, stray cat and bearded dragon
Words to live by: "Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly, I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it."