Aaron O'Dell is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University and has been a part of the Kruggel Lawton team for almost 4 years. In this video, Aaron talks about his journey leading up to joining the team at Kruggel Lawton and how he helped start the Knoxville office.
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I’m Aaron O’Dell, I’m a senior manager at Kruggel Lawton CPAs. I came to Kruggel Lawton after years at a couple different firms. I started off right out of college back in 2007 working for a large national firm. I can remember going through recruiting in college and thinking, “I’ve got to go to the biggest firm I can possibly go to.” So, I worked at a large national firm, I interned in Indianapolis, Indiana. I worked in their Knoxville office, moved to South Bend – so I was at three different offices within three years – and I missed Knoxville, Tennessee. So I moved back to Knoxville, went to a regional firm in Knoxville, I worked there for seven years. My boss now, Steve Beasy, was my boss at the large national firm that I worked with when I was in South Bend. He called me and said “Hey, are you interested in coming to work with us at Kruggel Lawton?” And I said, “I prefer to stay in Knoxville.” And he said “Well, we could make that work.” So, even before the pandemic happened, we figured out a way to make things work remote. I worked in Knoxville, and set up the Knoxville office for Kruggel Lawton. That’s been about four years ago, and it was one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made.