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Johnathan Daniel

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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
My parents divorced when I was seven and my dad gained custody of me—he repaired appliances as a side job, so I often went with him on jobs and learned how to work at a very young age.
I grew up in a small town, so career and mentorship options were very limited.
In high school, I spent my summers working with my dad on service calls for heating, cooling, and refrigeration—I also completed courses at a community college while still in high school.
Shortly after graduating high school, I got my HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) certification.
A man I was working for in my 20s convinced me to go to college for accounting, so I enrolled in the University of Alabama.
I thought I would just get my accounting degree and then go back to HVAC, but I was offered a position at the Big Four firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) after graduating, and decided to take the job.
I left PwC and joined another firm because I wanted to explore consulting and business valuation beyond auditing.
I am currently the vice president and corporate controller of ProAssurance—I also continue to make an effort to keep my HVAC certification current and valid.
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Career

Vice President, Finance & Corporate Controller

I review and interpret accounting guidance and financial information.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Numbers
Working with Others

Day to Day

On most days, my typical responsibilities include coaching and cheering for my team, interfacing with other teams and leaders, and reviewing and interpreting accounting guidance and financial information.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

The drive to keep reading everything and gaining more knowledge in whatever I can get my hands on has been a huge contributing factor to my career success. Empathy is also crucial for making connections with your coworkers and clients. The ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes helps in a multitude of situations. Additionally, self-awareness and emotional intelligence will set you apart in accounting.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

The best way to pursue a career in accounting is to get a degree in accounting from an AACSB accredited university.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You shouldn't leave home to go away for school."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student
Career Change

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Making it Balance

Making it Balance

Accounting and Auditing Roadtrip