The New Normal: TXCPA-SA Member James Aguilera, CPA

The New Normal: TXCPA-SA Member James Aguilera, CPA

James Aguilera in WFH* mode


Your TXCPA-SA Chapter is reaching out to your colleagues – CPAs, CPA candidates, student members and affiliates – to learn how you all are coping with the new normal brought on by COVID-19.

TXCPA-SA member James Aguilera, CPA, Tax Manager, Lowrey Powell Stevens & Mangum, offered the following information about his new normal.

Are you currently working from home, in your office solo or in the normal pre-COVID-19 arrangement? I am in the office most days.  About 25% of our professionals are in the office on a regular basis.  We do keep our social distance and communicate via email.   

How many people do you work with normally? We are a firm of 35 people with three in our Lubbock office.

What was a typical day like before “Stay Home, Work Safe”? Up early to get ready for my work day, spending some time with my miniature Schnauzer before getting to the office about 7 am on most days, home by 6 most non “Tax Season” days.

What is your typical day like now? I have basically the same routine as before COVID-19 came into our lives, though I do work from home one or two days a week.  LPSM does have a policy that anyone that feels the need can work remotely.  My choice is to utilize that we are exempt from most of the State’s COVID-19 stay at home rules.  

Can you share a small or big success story or silver lining that you didn’t expect? Being able to advance my technology skills, maybe not to the “Young Person” level but not too bad for someone who actually has experience with “Manual Accounting”!! 

“Zoom”… It changes everything! 

Has there been a small or big not-so-successful happening? Not being able to pop my head into one of my co-workers’ offices to say “Hello” or discuss business. 

Any words of wisdom for your fellow accounting types? The struggle is real with people being affected in many ways, so learn to laugh to keep from crying and know that we still have control over how we react to our situation. Even though we cannot see our “Enemy,”  we can choose to be positive and still take care of our clients, family and friends, though in a different and some times better way.  We can show care and concern for our fellow man even in the smallest of ways as we wait for this storm to pass.   

What do you miss the most? Not being able to do whatever I want on the weekends…  

What are you most grateful for? I am very thankful for my health and having more time to enjoy my trees and horticulture.  Learning to make preserves with the plums on my Loquat trees.

When you’re passing out that loquat jam, remember your buddies in the TXCPA-SA office!

*work from home