Name: Alex Jones
Company: Brinker Simpson & Company, LLC
Position: Senior Manager
Length of time you have been with your company: 5.5 Years
Briefly describe your journey, noting both personal milestones and obstacles you may have faced along the way.
I started at Brinker Simpson & Company after feeling burnt out in public accounting and the industry. I wasn't studying for my CPA; I felt stagnant and uninspired. A friend reached out to apply for a position at Brinker Simpson and instantly knew I had found what I was looking for. The leadership group at Brinker Simpson & Company immediately let me grow and focus on my personal and business goals, which continue to this day.
Many obstacles along the way are personal, but when you can work through your obstacles with support, you come out stronger. We all faced the uncertainty of the pandemic, and with the solid backing from my company, we all came out stronger and have continued to grow significantly. Since joining the team, I've had four promotions and obtained my CPA License.
How did you hear about LDC and why did you sign up to take part in it?
Brinker Simpson & Company has always been heavily involved in the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and the Leadership program. Most, if not all, of the partners have gone through the leadership program almost as a stepping stone to their professional development.
What inspires you? How does that inspiration play into your professional life?
I am inspired by action. Doing what you say you will do and following through until exhausting all options resulting in success or failure. No one likes losing, but if you can say that either way, you gave it your best effort, that inspires me.
Briefly describe a transformative moment that helped to shift your approach to your career.
The most significant shift in my career was understanding that for me to grow, I must develop the staff below me. I had an aha moment, understanding that I couldn't do it all. For us all to succeed, a robust support system is needed.
What leaders, thinkers or doers do you admire most? Why?
I'm a big fan of Theodore Roosevelt's quotes and admire any leader who knows you will fail, but what you do with that failure speaks to your character.
What has been the most valuable professional advice and/or lesson you've received?
The most valuable advice I've received from the program is to be authentic. To think of authenticity differently. We don't need to separate ourselves from work and home life. Being authentic to ourselves and our peers can only help us grow.