For Jacob LaFreniere, there are strong similarities between being a drill sergeant and being an accountant.
“As a drill sergeant, you have to plan, organize, and make sure everything happens the way it’s supposed to,” Jacob said. “Being able to juggle multiple things at once is a valuable skill in the army and as a CPA. At BDO, when I’m working with multiple clients, tracking where everyone – and every project – is at, it’s not that dissimilar from my days in the service.”
A senior tax associate in BDO’s Grand Rapids, Michigan office, Jacob started his career as an active duty soldier in the U.S. Army. After completing two tours in Iraq, Jacob transitioned to the Army Reserves so he could pursue his bachelor degree. Then, he joined BDO.