On October 18, 2014 Homecoming weekend the business department will host guest speaker Scot Loyd. He will be speaking at 9 am in Business 114. His talk is entitled “Are You Filling IN THE GAP between Secular and Sacred Where God Has Placed You?”
Loyd graduated Tabor College in 1983 with a B.A. in Accounting. Scot is a partner with Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd LLC Certified Public Accountants of McPherson, Kansas since January 1, 1990. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and a Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Scot is partner in charge of a diversified governmental practice relating to states, counties, cities, schools and other miscellaneous government entities. He also audits financial institutions. As of the fall of 2010, Scot started presenting Have You Always Desired to Understand Your Government’s Financial Statements? These training opportunities were so successful, that Scot’s firm (SJHL) decided to start offering these learning opportunities on the Kansas Municipal Accounting and Auditing Guide (KMAAG) and related topics for governments across Kansas at many different times throughout the year.
We asked Scot a few questions about his experience and time here at Tabor,
1. How has Tabor prepared you for life after college?
There are many people with college degrees from many different colleges across the USA, but there is way more to life than just a college degree. While I attended Tabor College, one of my roommates was an incredible influence on me as a person. He was up every morning early studying God’s Word and then lived it out all day long at Tabor. Tabor provided me amazing roommates, opportunities for encouragement through chapels, sports teams and relationships and I met my amazing wife Jenny Vogts Loyd being married now for 30 years.
2. What skills have you learned at Tabor College that you use in your current job?
I received an accounting degree at Tabor and currently am a CPA/Partner in the accounting firm Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, LLC…the accounting degree was important in order to set for the CPA test. However, most important to me were the Christian life application opportunities that were played out before me every day on campus. I believe we all should live our Christian lives out 24/7, whether at work, home, in the community or at church.
3. How did your time at Tabor College change you as a person?
It reinforced what my mom and dad had told me for 18 years at home. Sometimes when we hear other people say the same things as our parents, we tend to believe the other people. Tabor gave me more of a resolve to live for God every day of my life.
4. What advice would you give undergraduate students who are seeking to become successful business people?
PUT GOD FIRST—live our lives by Matthew 6:33 and try throughout all our lives to out give God. God has really laid upon me His definition of success in the Bible through the following verse:
Joshua 1:8 (ESV) “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
5. What distinguishes the Tabor College Business Department from other schools?
I believe the access to your professors who have real world experiences in the business world. In bigger schools, you probably would not have the opportunity to spend time on a personal basis learning from the professor.
6. If you re-lived your time in the Business Department, would you do anything differently?
I would actually study to the best of my ability and not just get by. Just getting by cost me extra time when studying for the CPA exam.