Person of the Week: 6/13
People You Need to Know is proud to salute Shirley Osborne-Vanderbilt, President of The Osborne CPA Firm, P.C., as our Person of the Week!
WHAT I LOVE THE MOST ABOUT MY JOB – What I love the most about my job is helping people. I find out where my clients are financially, where they need to go, and show them how to accomplish that through tax planning, whether it be real estate, retirement planning, or starting a business.
HOMETOWN – My hometown is not a town; I am from the country. When people ask me where I’m from, I tell them, well … we get our mail in Quitman, Louisiana. I went to school in Jonesboro, Louisiana, but I’m really from St. Rest, and very proud of my community. Education is stressed, as it never crossed my mind that I would NOT go to college. We raised and grew our food. You had peas and bread one day and bread and peas the next day. If you killed a cow, you had steak and gravy; a hog, pork chops. You went to church every Sunday, for that was not an option.
WHAT I LIKE THE MOST ABOUT ATLANTA – I love the weather after living in Chicago and you have the option of doing almost anything you want from sports, to the arts, dancing and the best churches. The diversity of people is great. If you can’t make it in Atlanta, you may not be trying hard enough because you can start a business and make as much money as you are willing to work or manage.
BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN – Go to school, get a good job and pay your bills on time and yes, PUT GOD FIRST.
THE MOUNTAINS, THE BEACH OR THE LAKE? – The beach is very relaxing, and usually somewhere around there is also good seafood.
FAVORITE OLD SCHOOL SONG – I’m a Motown lover, give me all the oldies, that to me is real music.
FAVORITE GEORGIA GETAWAY – I guess I would have to say Chateau Elan.
FAVORITE DESSERT – Praline Apple Pie … which I make myself. I love to cook desserts and the other one I cook all the time is Cream Cheese Pound Cake.
I AM MOST PROUD OF – My family, my grandparents, my parents, my aunt and uncles. Because of my family, I was directed in the right direction all the time.
I WISH I HAD KNOWN 20 YEARS AGO – I wish someone had sat me down and demonstrated how real estate and stocks helped you get financially free early.
WHAT MAKES ME LAUGH – My 7 year old grandson, who is so expressive in words and action.
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