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People in H&S: The specialist, or expert, is usually pictured as someone with gray in his hair, wrinkles in his brow caused by deep thought, and shoulders a bit stooped from his having carried the weight of his authority through the years. Not so with Bob Atwood, new partner this year in the Atlanta office, who at age 34 ranks among the very best in his profession in the savings and loan industry. It was an unusual set of circumstances that led him to his present position. The growth of the savings and loan industry in recent years as a result of the home-building boom was a major factor. Bob's careful career planning Bob Atwood was important. And so was the latitude afforded him by Haskins & Sells to develop his interest in the S&L specialty. But the key element was Bob's determined application to become the best possible all-around accountant in the savings and loan industry. In short, he purposely set out to make himself thoroughly competent in his chosen field, and he succeeded. Now Bob serves as savings and loan industry specialist for the Firm. He is frequently called on to assist other offices of H&S with advice and information, and he regularly attends national and regional meetings of savings and loan associations' trade organizations. Since 1966 he has made regular presentations at the conventions of the national organization of S&L financial officers. He also attends the national conventions of the United States Savings and Loan League. How did he become such an involved specialist? Bob modestly passes much of the credit to three men who guided him in the first months after he came to the Atlanta office, fresh from college, in 1962. RussShomler, recently retired partner in charge of the Atlanta office, offered the encouragement to Bob to pursue his specialty. Tom Hudson, now partner in charge of the Greensboro office, as Atlanta tax partner a decade ago, introduced Bob to the techniques of preparing tax returns for banks and S&L associations. Jim Craft, now a partner in New York, who was then a senior accountant in Atlanta handling much of the S&L audit work, also inspired him. Bob quickly became Jim Craft's key assistant and immersed himself in the savings and loan industry, its structure, business methods and the regulations under which it operates. "Early in the game I set out to master the S&L regulations',' Bob told H&S Reports. He pointed to the thick binders holding hundreds of pages of regulations and interpretations, which he believed he should learn thoroughly in order to serve his clients like a seasoned pro. By the time he had done this homework, and most of his study was accomplished after office hours on his own time, Bob was more conversant with the operations of the industry than many of the men who had served it for years. 16
People in H&S: Bob Atwood
Atwood, Robert T.
Shomler, Russell P.
Hudson, Thomas W.
Craft, James W.
Atwood, Robert T.
Haskins & Sells. Atlanta Office
Haskins & Sells. Greensboro Office
Haskins & Sells. New York Office
Haskins & Sells. Washington, D. C. Office
H&S Reports, Vol. 10, (1973 autumn), p. 16-17
|Source||Originally published by: Haskins & Sells|
|Rights||Copyright and permission to republish held by: Deloitte: Photograph by Roy Stevens;|
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|Collection||Deloitte Digital Collection|
|Digital Publisher||University of Mississippi Library. Accounting Collection|