As Dona Ana Chapter President and Tax Manager of Beasley, Mitchell & Co in Las Cruces, Lori Sharp realized her childhood dream of becoming a CPA and, as a result, exudes passion for the CPA profession. Lori embodies the "trusted advisor" with her calming presence, positive attitude, and eagerness to help clients. We recently had the chance to interview Lori about her career and learned about what lead her to pursue the CPA designation. 

I'm a CPA because...
Being a CPA just seemed like so much fun. When I was going to school, my mom worked at a CPA office and it seemed like the greatest job in the world; she started working there when I was in 4th grade. When I was a senior in high school, I needed a job and the CPA firm my mom worked for hired me for tax season and I worked there through college. I started out making copies, filing, assembling the returns, and then I moved on to the computer department. At that time, bookkeepers would hand write their journal entries and we would enter them into the computer and print out reports for them. During tax season, I would input information for returns and print them out; this was back when the office had mini-computers and only three people had access to them. 

If I weren't a CPA, I'd like to be a _______________________. 
An elementary school teacher because I like molding young minds. 

What have you enjoyed most about working in the profession?
Working with the clients and helping them. Clients have these problems that they think are the end of the world. They get in a panic and worry that they will be arrested and that the IRS is going to come pounding on their door. Our clients are so appreciative, it makes me feel good that I was able to help them. 

What advice would you give someone starting out about choosing a career path?
I would advise them to do their first year or two in public accounting so that they get their CPA and exposure to tax, finance, payroll, bookkeeping, etc. When you are working in public accounting, you get to see all the different industries and I believe it broadens your horizons.

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- Damien Willis, Las Cruces Sun-News June 8, 2016

At lunch on Wednesday, the line at My Brother’s Place was nearly out the front door. Crowds squeezed into the foyer, spilling at times into the busy dining room — a long line of lunchtime customers with hopes of enjoying one last meal at the storied downtown eatery.

The nostalgia was palpable.

“I’m going to miss everything about this place — the red chile, green chile, the staff and the environment,” said Andy Perez of Las Cruces, who stopped by for lunch and said he's been eating there for 20 years. “We’re losing a local iconic place. They’ve been open for more than 40 years, and that says something.”

After 44 years in business, My Brother’s Place is expected to close at the end of business Saturday. As part of a plan approved by City Council to support downtown redevelopment, the building will be razed and the land incorporated into a new development showcasing the historic Amador Hotel and will include a new restaurant and bar, as well as office space for the Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau. Max Bower of Red Mesa Development & Design will oversee the construction and will, as part of the development deal, take ownership from the city of the former Tee Time for future development.

The property changed hands effective June 2, and the liquor license is being transferred to Bower.

LAS CRUCES – A national organization has named two Las Cruces CPAs among the top professionals in the country for 2015. Christine Wright, CPA, partner of Beasley, Mitchell & Co., and Chistopher Salcido, CPA, Tax Supervisor of Beasley, Mitchell & Co., were ranked among the top public accountants in the nation by the National Academy of Public Accounting Professionals (NAPAP).

Both accountants represent Beasley, Mitchell & Co., and each received recognition in a specific category. Christine Wright, CPA and one of the owners of Beasley, Mitchell & Co., was named among the Top 10 Public Accounting Professionals. Christine has over 20 years of tax and consulting experience, and is a member of many professional organizations. Christopher Salcido, CPA, was recognized as a Top 10 Public Accounting Professional Rising Star, and has been working on individual and corporate tax preparation and consultation services at Beasley, Mitchell & Co. since 2008.

The NAPAP is an organization devoted to recognizing the best public accounting professionals in the nation, and recognizes the top CPAmerica International members each year. “We are excited to congratulate all our members who have been recognized,” said Alan Deichler, president of CPAmerica. “The commitment these members have made to their firms shows by their demonstration of expertise and by their success in their field.”

Beasley, Mitchell & Co. is a privately owned partnership in Las Cruces, New Mexico. For over 25 years, the firm has provided expert solutions to businesses and individuals through accounting, taxation, payroll and employee benefits administration, business consultation and estate and gift planning services.


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