People Behind the Numbers
Margie Jimerson, CPA – Audit Manager
We would like to introduce the Affordable Housing industry to Margie Jimerson, CPA, located at Tidwell Group’s Johns Creek office. Margie is an Assurance Manager with seven years of public accounting experience while primarily working with clients in the affordable housing and real estate industries.
Margie takes initiative and does a great job of staying focused on our clients’ priorities and needs while tackling every project with a positive attitude,” said Joshua Northcutt, Greater Atlanta Offices Managing Partner. Margie shows she truly cares about her work and helping others tackle the complexities of our business.”
We invite you to hear Margie’s story and what has helped shape her career development at Tidwell Group.
- Why did you first choose to work at Tidwell Group?
I began my career with a different firm in the same industry. I enjoy that my work is of benefit to the affordable housing industry. My previous manager joined Tidwell Group and suggested that I look into making the move. After meeting with several partners and getting to know some of the team members, I was intrigued about the possibility to join a growing firm. The atmosphere in the Atlanta office at that time was exciting and I’ve felt like a crucial part of that team ever since.
- What aspect of your job do you enjoy the most?
I’m a big puzzle nerd and every engagement feels like a new puzzle to me. While I truly enjoy the work, my teammates and the office culture are a huge factor in enjoying my day to day. It’s a blessing to enjoy and respect the people I get to work and collaborate with every day.
- What is the toughest accountant problem you’ve tackled? How did you handle it?
The exciting thing about my job is that I encounter new problems often. The toughest problem I have encountered involved a client new to the industry. They had several projects coming out of the development stage and did not have a complete set of development books. We worked with them to make sure all of the development activity was captured and combined with operating activity. Digging into those details used critical thinking and was a good practice of basic accounting concepts.
- What is one accomplishment at work that you are most proud of?
Every April, I’m proud of our team for successfully making it through another busy season. But personally, I’m most proud of receiving my CPA license while working full time.
- How has Tidwell Group helped in your career development?
From day one, opportunities have been endless here. I’ve had the opportunity to work on some our toughest engagements, build and train a team of future leaders, and work directly with upper management. This exposure, especially early in my career, has allowed me to learn quickly from my mistakes, develop myself as a leader, and focus on improving technical skills.
- What goals would you like to reach for the next five years at Tidwell Group?
In the next five years, I want to contribute to the growth of our people, continue to develop relationships with clients and join our great partner group.
- What piece of advice would you give a new employee or an intern just starting?
My first piece of advice is to become a sponge. Everything will seem new and every day will present a new lesson. Take notes, ask questions and be present. My second piece of advice is to be patient with yourself. Your education is so important and has given you a great foundation for your career, but your day-to-day responsibilities will all be new. Give yourself a little bit of grace as you’re learning and eventually it will start to feel natural.
- List three fun facts about yourself:
I love sports. War Eagle and Go Braves!
The beach is my happy place.
I like to spend my free time with my husband, Erick, and our wild Aussie, Banjo.