Clayton Farris, CPA*
Growth and execution director - workiva
I’m a local guy, born and raised in the DFW suburb of Lewisville. I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas where I was part of the Professional Program in Accounting. Upon graduating, I joined Grant Thornton’s Dallas Audit practice.
During my three years with Grant Thornton, I led teams in several industries including manufacturing and consumer products, non-profit, and technology. I enjoyed managing multiple on-going engagements, solving accounting problems, and getting to know my clients. After my time with Grant Thornton, I spent two years with a leading Texas-based homebuilder as a Sr. Financial Analyst in a combined finance and accounting role. My responsibilities included building land purchase financing models, forecasting cash flows, and providing financial reports to the executive team.
I gained an immense amount of knowledge during my time in industry, but I also learned a lot about myself. I realized I enjoyed the dynamic, fast-paced world of client service and missed interacting with clients. With Embark, I am excited to solve problems and add value to clients in a setting that allows me to grow my business and gain knowledge.
My entire motivation in life centers around my wife and two kids. I enjoy cooking new recipes, roughhousing with my son, and endlessly kissing my daughter’s cheeks. Two kids and three dogs keep us pretty busy, but my free time is spent following Dallas sports teams, learning to golf with buddies, and taking the kids to spend time with grandparents.