Thanks for joining me on this journey through the American West, the cowboy way of life, and my constant personal journey to be the best person I can be. I was asked why I started writing as The Cowboy Accountant. In my professional travels from the horse country of California, to Texas, to the vast open ranges of Colorado and Wyoming, and back home to Texas again, I have been fortunate to learn about the unique history of the American West. The more I’ve learned about the men (and women) who work the ranches of the American West, the more I recognized the similarities between the ideals of the American cowboy and those of my own: a celebration of the western way of life, the positive impact the ways of the cowboy can have on modern society and business, a recognition of the authentic partnership between a horse and rider, and the common bond of mankind coming together around these ideals.
I am a CPA working for a public accounting firm in Houston as an audit partner, and specialize in corporate audits, agribusiness, transaction advisory, and government contract consulting. When I’m not practicing accounting, I can usually be found horseback on my Hancock-bred mare, Whiskey, or volunteering for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Former Texas Rangers Foundation, working as a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, Ranching Heritage Association or the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, as well as being a donor to the Texas Tech Ranch Horse Team. I am also, proudly, a veteran of the U.S. Army. For me, military service was the perfect way to share with the cowboys and ranchers I admire, a patriotic love of Country and a devotion to selfless service.
I write about the unique history of the American West, the ways and wisdom of the cowboy, and what I think each of us can learn from how these American heroes go about providing food for the world while preserving the legacy of the American West. When I write about cowboys, it’s either about the cowboys of the old west or the cowboys and cowgirls of today. You see, cowboy is a state of mind of authenticity and grit and compassion. And, in a world that needs more cowboys, I use the term as a compliment to the men and women I am fortunate to encounter.
My hope for the future is to continue to preserve, protect, and promote the legacy of the working cowboy and our unique western heritage in both my professional and personal life.