Katie Ferguson, CPA*
Born and raised in Mississippi, I grew up a big Ole Miss fan (HOTTY TODDY!) and made the easy decision to go to school there. During my time at Ole Miss, I earned both my Bachelor of Science and Master of Accountancy degrees and obtained my CPA. After interning in KPMG’s audit practice in Memphis, TN, I accepted a full-time offer with the firm and started my career in the summer of 2018. After visiting Austin multiple times and falling in love with the city, I transferred to the Austin office in 2019 where I would eventually transition out of audit. During my three years at KPMG, I worked mainly in the public sector on oil and gas and financial services clients. I also have experience with alternative investments, not-for-profit, and retail clients in the private sector.
I learned a tremendous amount during my time at KPMG and had the privilege of working with some amazing people and clients. However, I knew early on that auditing was not a long-term career goal for me. When I was first introduced to Embark, I knew that this was the type of firm I wanted to work for one that helps clients solve their problems, rather than create them. Here, I can leverage all my skills and experiences to identify various ways to make my clients’ lives easier.
Outside of work, I prefer to spend my time outdoors, whether it’s taking my paddleboard out on Lady Bird Lake, finding live music around town, or hiking the Greenbelt with my golden retriever. I also love traveling (especially back to Oxford to watch the Rebs play) and spending time with friends and family.