Edit ModuleShow Tags

GenXYZ: Randy Watkins, 36

Partner, Denver-based Anton Collins Mitchell LLP (ACM)


Published:

In 2010, Watkins was admitted as ACM’s youngest partner. He continues to serve his industry as the president of the board of directors for the Northern Colorado Chapter of the Colorado Society of CPAs.

Was being an accountant always the plan?

I grew up wanting to be an engineer. My dad was a CPA but he never pushed me in that direction. In high school, however, I took an accounting class and did well. So my dad encouraged me to go to UNC (University of Northern Colorado), which was his alma mater.

Have you ever regretted the decision?

Not for a minute. I get to see the ins and outs of so many interesting businesses.

How did you get your start after college?

I could have gone and worked at my dad’s firm, but he was wise enough not to allow that to happen right away. When my dad was ready to retire, I bought my dad’s half of the business and we grew the practice. But coming from a larger organization, I missed that, so we merged the practice into ACM.

You and your wife have two young daughters, you have a busy job and you volunteer. When do you sleep?

I’m lucky I don’t need a lot of sleep. And you have to be selective and only commit to things you’re passionate about. For me, that includes early-childhood education. I’m the president of Northern Colorado Active 20/30, which raises money for disadvantaged kids. Our slogan is ‘One never stands so tall as when kneeling to help
a child.’

Do you look for that passion when you hire people?

I do, and that means I’m looking for someone with energy and who wants to experience new things. I’ve always been a ‘yes’ person, and I look for that in others. I said ‘yes’ through my career because I’ve always looked at these chances as a last opportunity to try something new.

Edit Module
Maria Martin

Maria Martin is a freelance writer.

Get more content like this: Subscribe to the magazine | Sign up for our Free e-newsletter

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Articles

How Treating Voting Like a Business Could Actually Improve It

In recent election cycles, Colorado (and Denver) have consistently boasted some of the highest voter turnouts in the country. In the 2018 midterm election, the state was ranked at No.2, second only to Minnesota, with 61.9% of eligible voters casting a ballot.

Alice Jackson Guides Colorado Toward a New Energy Future

Xcel's way forward includes cutting carbon emissions 80% from 2005 levels by 2030 and achieving net-zero carbon by 2050. In doing so, Jackson hopes to help provide reliable electricity in a safe, economical and sustainable manner.

What You Need to Know About Buying an Investment Property in Denver

Regardless of which option is best for you, there are a ton of reasons to utilize real estate as an investment vehicle. From duplexes to condos to single-family houses, there is a wide variety of options in neighborhoods across the city.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags