Managing Member, Warren Averett, LLC | Chair, UWF Board of Trustees
The University of West Florida stands apart for its close, personal attention and deep level of caring and concern for students. That isn’t commonly found across the country, in my experience. We find a way to make do with what we have, provide opportunities and improve the lives of people in our region.
What do you love most about your job?
I love to help other people. If you can find a way to communicate and let your heart guide you in doing what you love to see improvement for your clients and the people who work with you, you’ll be rewarded richly throughout your life.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My greatest personal achievement has been staying married for 46 years and being blessed with the family that my wife, Nancy, and I have created. Professionally, having found great partners and teammates to work with and build what is today one of the dominant CPA firms in our region has been a truly great accomplishment.
What is your inspiration behind staying active at UWF and giving back to the University?
It’s a common cliché, but “don’t forget where you came from” and “pay it forward” are true themes in my life that I believe ought to guide what we do. The University played a critical role in my life at a time when I needed guidance and direction, and I’ve never forgotten that. I will owe the University for the rest of my life, and I truly think it’s our duty to make this a better place for those who come behind us.