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Frank Graham Shares His Experience as a DHG Boomerang

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Frank Graham is DHG’s Chief Financial Officer, and he focuses on managing the firm’s internal accounting. Frank joined DHG as CFO in 2016; however, some people may not know that Frank is actually a boomerang team member, returning to the firm for the second time after leaving 20 years ago when he began his career.

When did you begin your career with DHG and what was it like back then?

I began my career as an intern in 1994 with the firm’s predecessor, Crisp Hughes Evans. After graduation, I was hired by Larry Hughes and Don McNeil to focus primarily on assurance and some tax work. At the time, it felt like the best career on the planet because I got a chance to work with a variety of clients, which included healthcare companies, some non-profits and country clubs, which were my favorite. I remember enjoying the flexibility of my job before it was actually called career flexibility. I was able to play golf onsite with the clients at the country club or resort by day and work at night. Those were some of the best summers of my life.

What has it been like returning to the firm as a boomerang and how has DHG changed?

Since I have returned to the firm, it has totally transformed, and it is incredible to see the growth and depth of service offerings that we have. When I worked at the firm 20 years ago, our focus was primarily on assurance and tax, and now we have deep bench strength and depth of service offerings across industries. DHG has been a leader in the healthcare industry for many years, but now to witness the expansion of service offerings and the maximization of the healthcare service line is truly exciting.

Do you have any advice for young accountants starting their careers at DHG?

I would advise anyone just starting their career to take advantage of the professional development and leadership opportunities the firm offers to help our young professionals grow their careers. Many of the professional development opportunities available today did not exist when I was young and starting out my career.

Also, it’s very important to continue to learn and stay on top of the changing technologies because the pace of technology advancement and client service offerings will be vital. Lastly, I would say just good old fashion hard work and a positive attitude will go a long way, but remember to balance your work and personal life, and you will do great things.

Frank Graham is the Chief Financial Officer for DHG in the Charlotte SouthPark Office, where he focuses on managing the firm’s internal accounting. Frank joined the firm as CFO in 2016. However, some people may not know that Frank is actually a boomerang team member and returning to DHG for the second time after leaving 20 years ago where he began his career.

When did you begin your career with DHG and what was it like back then?

I began my career in 1994 with the firm’s predecessor, Crisp Hughes Evans, as an intern. After graduation, I was hired by Larry Hughes and Don McNeil to focus primarily on assurance, and some tax work hired me. At the time, it felt like the best career on the planet because I got a chance to work with a variety of clients, which included healthcare companies, some non-profits, and country clubs, which was my favorite. I remember enjoying the flexibility of my job before it was actually called career flexibility. I was able to play golf onsite with the clients at the country club or resort by day and work at night. Those were some of the best summers of my life.

What has been like returning to the frim as a boomerang and how has DHG changed?

Since I have returned to the firm, it has totally transformed, and it is incredible to see the growth and depth of service offerings that we have. When I worked at the firm 20 years ago, our focus was primarily on assurance and tax, and now we have deep bench strength and depth of service offerings across industries. I mean DHG has always been a leader in the healthcare industry, but now to see the expansion of service offerings and the maximization of the healthcare service line is truly exciting and an honor to return to.

Do you have any advice for young accountants starting their careers at DHG?

I would advise anyone just starting their career to take advantage of the professional development and leadership opportunities the firm has to help grow you as a leader. Many of the professional development opportunities available today did not exist when I was young and starting my career.

Also, it’s very important to continue to learn and stay on top of the changing technologies, because the pace of technology advancement and client service offerings will be vital. Lastly would say just good old fashion hard work and a good work attitude will go a long way, but remember to balance your work and personal life and you will do great things.