For Adam Odom of LSL CPAs, it all comes down to passion and people. As a math major at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California, Odom questioned the career opportunities available post-college. Figuring accounting would be the “next best thing”, Odom fell in love with accounting in his very first class. He went to work at a public accounting firm after graduating in 2006 and stayed there until he joined LSL seven years later.
At LSL, Odom is known for engaging younger staff and working with them to enhance their career goals and opportunities, although he never had a formal mentor himself. The first firm he worked for did not have a formal mentorship program, but he still credits them with providing excellent support in the form of other audit staff and seniors who were always willing to help answer any questions he had. Today, Odom loves every minute of working at LSL. “It is such a great firm to work for. I feel like everyone is treated with respect and I feel very appreciated at our firm. Everyone is great to work for, and the partners are above and beyond anything I ever would have expected.”
Known for his hard work and positive attitude, Odom may not have had a formal mentor earlier in his career, but it is clear that he benefitted from having some very influential positive role models, including people from his church, school and family. Odom credits his father for passing along a strong work ethic. His father worked in construction and despite having a tough job, Odom never heard him complain. When Odom went to work for his father during the summer, he was advised to “walk from A to B as fast as you can and work as hard as you can. Don’t ever slack off.” Odom still carries that mindset with him, whether he is mentoring younger staff at LSL, helping a friend move, or working with a client to grow their business.
Get to know Adam
Odom met his wife LuAnna on their first day of college at Vanguard University. They married in 2006 and just celebrated their 10 year wedding anniversary. They have two children, Liliana (6) and Elijah (3) as well as a beagle named Bruiser. Outside of work, Odom loves soccer and plays every Thursday night.
At the 2016 Boomer Technology Circles Summit, Odom received the Bridging the Gap as an Emerging Leader Award in recognition of his commitment to mentorship, his positive attitude and constant focus on finding improvements and efficiencies in any project he takes on.