Leslie began her career in 1984 at Peat Marwick (one of the “big 8” back then, now one of the big 4 – KPMG) in Richmond, VA after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in mid-December 1984 and marrying her high school sweetheart, Keith, also a recent graduate of UNC in late December 1984. To say she’s a Tarheel fan is a huge understatement! She went on to continue her accounting career in the healthcare industry, leaving Peat Marwick as a Supervising Senior soon after the birth of her first son, Aaron and continued in that industry until a year after the birth of her second child, Nathan. At that point, Leslie worked from her home doing individual and corporate tax work and accounting consulting for the healthcare industry. Leslie returned to public accounting as a manager at Goodman & Company in Colonial Heights, VA when her third child, Hannah entered kindergarten and she worked “mommy hours” for the first 5-6 years while her kids were still in grade / middle school. Once Leslie’s children were older, she decided to work full time and was quickly promoted to Senior Manager and then Partner at Goodman & Company in 2009. Goodman & Company merged with DHG in April of 2011 and Leslie transferred back home to the Newport News office about a year later. She and partner, Hugh Barlow, merged the Newport News office of DHG into BE in November of 2018. She is really enjoying working at BE and works in the assurance area serving clients primarily in the not-for-profit, governmental, and higher education industries in the Hampton Roads area and the Richmond area.
Let’s ask her a few questions:
Where are you from and where did you grow up? Poquoson, Virginia – grew up in Poquoson, Va. (10-15 minutes from the NN office) – all my family and extended family are from Poquoson (its home). However, I lived and worked in the Southern Richmond area for over 20 years and was finally able to get back to my roots.
Do you have any hobbies? If yes, tell us about them. I like to read and lap swim and spend time with friends and family (and my work family) talking and laughing.
What is something people would find surprising to learn about you? I’m kind of a dare-devil – like to zip line, skydive, jet ski, etc. – anything fun and exciting and fast like these things, really – I’m up for it.
What do you consider your best quality or trait? I love people and really value relationships. It has been my great pleasure to mentor and coach many bright young adults over the years and I am SO proud of the professionals that they’ve become.
What is the best advice you ever received and from who? My Father – If it’s worth doing, it’s not going to be easy. In fact, it’s going to be hard, but, remember, you ALWAYS have your family behind you.
If you could be a superhero what would be your superpower? Any one of them that can fly. I would SO like to fly!
What is your favorite food? Pizza – no contest.
What famous figure (living or dead) would you most like to meet and why? Martin Luther King – embodies grace, dedication, and perseverance
What do you think is your biggest contribution to the Brown Edwards team? My enthusiasm to finally be here and be part of this team. I’m so happy to be a part of Brown Edwards and look forward to changing young lives for the better here and helping the firm continue to grow and be successful.