Get to know SCACPA’s 2019-2020 Board of Directors Chair Zoe Davis, CPA, as she shares what led her to accounting, why leadership is important to her and what she hopes to accomplish in her new role this year.
In a nutshell:
Name: Zoe Davis
Company: Davis & Company CPAs, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Number of years as a SCACPA member: I have been a member since 1997
Education: B.A. in Accounting, California State University
Professional Affiliations & Activities: Chair, South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA) Board of Directors; Member, SCACPA Coastal Chapter; Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Member, AICPA; Member, Not-For-Profit Section of the AICPA; Member, National Society for Human Resources Management; Past-Treasurer, Palmetto Society of Human Resources Management; Member, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Extracurricular Interests: Craft beer, card games, puzzles, civic service with Mount Pleasant Rotary Club and spending time with my husband and daughter.
A little more: Zoe is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in South Carolina and Certified Fraud Examiner with a passion for the clients she serves in her local community of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. She has more than 20 years of experience in assurance, accounting and tax services at regional and local CPA firms and provides attest, assurance and contracted CFO services to employee benefit plans, homeowner associations, membership organizations, religious organizations, museums, foundations and other non-profits.
What led you into the field of accounting?
I was introduced to the field of accounting when I was in 8th grade when our school has a career day to expose us to different professions. The profession had a natural appeal and thought it was a good fit for me.
Why did you feel it was important to get your CPA credential?
I have always wanted to be a CPA since my initial exposure in 8th grade. I never questioned that I would not be a CPA one day. I am very blessed by the profession and have never regretted my decision. I have truly enjoyed meeting and working with my fellow CPAs in the industry and the value we provide to our clients and general public.
Why do you feel volunteering/taking a leadership role in SCACPA is important for you?
Leadership has been an important role for me the past 10 years. I have been influenced by our previous leaders to represent our profession and due to their leadership I have benefited professionally and personally. I view it as giving back and paying it forward both for our Association and profession. I am honored and proud to be considered a leader.
What would you most like to accomplish this year?
What we do is so important for our members and I want to continue to support our efforts to bring that value on a daily basis through focusing on our internal processes and to continue to grow our membership base since we are in the second year of our new revenue model.
What is your favorite benefit of SCACPA?
Our ability to network and communicate and share our talents at our live conferences and advocacy efforts.