Accounting takes two ‘adventurous souls’ around the country

Written on Feb 08, 2018

By Jessica Salerno, OSCPA content manager

LoveStoryIn honor of Valentine’s Day, the entire month of February we’re highlighting Ohio accounting couples. Find out how they met, their first impressions and how accounting factors into their love story. These CPA lovebirds span newlyweds to those celebrating decades of marriage, so check back each week for the latest couple.

Ann and David Stott, both CPAs, describe themselves as “adventurous souls,” and after learning where life has taken them so far, it’s hard not to agree.

The couple met as teenagers, introduced by friends and family in south central Texas in the early 80s. They married about a year after they met and, not long after, had a daughter. Initially they attended college part-time before committing to go full time.

DMS-FAS picture“We decided that getting a college education is what we needed to do,” Ann said, “So we were nontraditional students with a child.”

They each received their accounting degrees from Texas State University, Ann graduating a semester after David. The couple jokes that as “poor college students” they could only afford one set of textbooks, so their mutual interest in accounting worked out well.

They both went into public accounting in Houston for about five years after graduation and had a second child along the way.

“And then David wanted to teach, so we packed our toys up and moved to Washington state for him to get his doctorate,” Ann said.

David received his doctorate from Washington State University and Ann got her master’s degree. While earning her masters, Ann also worked at EY. They were in Washington for five years before deciding to search for a permanent home.

The Texas natives really enjoyed the change of seasons in Washington and decided to settle where they could experience that every year.

“So we looked north of the Mason Dixon line for places to live that had seasons,” David said.

With accounting academics in high demand, they were lucky to have plenty of choices. David’s background aligned with a need at Bowling Green State University at the time, and the Stott family moved across the country again in 1999.“We came to Ohio pretty much sight unseen, much like Washington,” David said.

In Bowling Green, the couple eventually opened their own CPA practice. They described it as “your typical local tax practice.” Ann worked full-time and David worked part time, as he was also director of graduate programs in accounting and chair of the department of accounting and management information systems at BGSU.

“And little by little over the course of time Ann decided she wanted to do some teaching and earn her doctorate” David said. Ann called it “her next adventure.”

They spent 17 years in Bowling Green teaching, raising their children and running their CPA practice.

But soon another opportunity came calling. In the summer of 2016, the couple moved to Athens to work at Ohio University. David now serves as the director of the School of Accountancy and the O’Bleness Professor of Accountancy. Ann is on the tenure track as an assistant professor, and finished her doctorate last year. They continue to operate their business in Bowling Green from a distance, but handed the reins over to their successors.

The couple shares a love for their work, and said much of their free time is taken up with accounting and academics. But they wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I don’t feel like I’m working all the time. I really like what I do,” Ann said. “I love playing with the numbers and consulting with clients and I love talking to students. For me, I’m not working; I’m playing.”

In their free time they enjoy traveling and visiting their daughter in Denver, who works as a flight attendant, and their son, a chemical engineer in Cincinnati, along with family in Minnesota.

Their shared sense of adventure and love for accounting has served them well so far, and the couple said they never lack things to talk about.

“It is nice to be able to start a conversation in the middle, because in the first half you’re already on the same page,” David said. “So you can sometimes finish it before you’re actually done, because you both know where the conversation is headed.”

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