Tim Lyons, CPA, CGMA

Member since 2006

Current gig: Columbia Office Lead for Mauldin & Jenkins; Technical Lead for State/Local Government Practice

Current mobile devices: Apple iPhone

One word that describes how you work (and then why):

“Consistently (we have client deadlines throughout the year and then as the technical lead, I’m always researching and helping clients with guidance related to new standards, debt issuances, etc.)”

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

“Spotify and Suralink.”

What is your workspace like?

“Organized and relaxed.”

What is your best time-saving trick?

“Checking emails at specific times during the day vs. having it open all the time.”

What is your favorite to-do list manager?

“Good ole fashioned pen and paper!”

Besides your phone and your computer, what gadget can’t you live without?

“It’s a tie between my Bluetooth speaker and my rangefinder on the golf course.”

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

“Brewing coffee.”

What are you currently reading/binge-watching/podcast-listening?

“Since COVID started, I’ve gotten really into watching Formula 1. That has included binge-watching the ‘Drive to Survive’ series on Netflix and a few new podcasts!”

What do you listen to while you work?

“Really depends on the mood – some days it’s ‘Pearl Jam Radio’ on Spotify and somedays it’s bluegrass.”

What’s your sleep routine like?

“Inconsistent between work and two young kids!”

What memory stands out from when you were studying for/taking the CPA exam?

“Intentionally riding the CARTA Express bus from my apartment into downtown Charleston to ‘strand myself’ on College of Charleston’s campus so I had to stay and study!”

What’s the biggest thing you think about when it comes to the future of the profession?

“As complexity continues to increase, the need for us as CPAs to be trusted advisors will only increase as well.”

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

“Be all about the process.”

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