David Gerhardt, CPA*
I was born and raised in San Jose, California until I made the move across the country to great state of Texas to attend TCU (Go Frogs!). While at TCU, I earned my BBA in Accounting, BS inEconomics, and MS in Accounting, while also making lifelong friends and memories. After graduating, I obtained my CPA and started at Deloitte in the Audit and Assurance practice in Dallas.
During my time at Deloitte, I served a variety of clients, both public, private, and governmental. I tried to wet my feet with as many different industries, which included real estate, manufacturing, technology, financial services, and consumer products. My experiences with these clients taught me about technical accounting, how to manage both time and people, and how to solve complex problems. I appreciated working for Deloitte, but I knew that audit was not going to be what I wanted to do for my career.
I left to work in industry as a senior financial reporting accountant with a midsized private oil and gas company in Fort Worth, TX that I had previously worked at during my time at TCU. However, I missed the client service aspect of public accounting, but not the hours and grind. I knew I had to find something that would be the right fit and nurture my desire to help businesses succeed. Luckily, through some connections I knew already at Embark, I was able to find that perfect opportunity. I know that my skillset and experiences are being put to good use.
When I am not working, I spend most of my time traveling wherever and however I can around the state, country, and world. In those cities, I enjoy finding good food, good coffee, and good beer while seeing the sites.