A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
As I continue to grow in relationship with my team and our clients, I feel it is important to share a personal reflection about how GRAYCPA came into existence.
My career path has been full of many forks in the road, twists, and turns. Sometimes the path was smooth and rewarding, while other times presented challenges that I was not sure I was equipped to deal with. Before establishing GRAYCPA in 2007, I stood facing another fork in the road. As I reflected on which road to take, I remembered one of my favorite poems from high school; Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”.
I too, chose the road less traveled and embarked on a journey that I never imagined would yield the fruits that it has and I am so thankful and blessed that I took that chance.
When I established GRAYCPA, I embarked on a path of tremendous opportunity but not without significant risk. I am proof that a person can be successful without compromising his values and integrity, while learning from past mistakes. It definitely took some failures, self-reflection, and a strong faith in God to guide and season me for this journey. My experiences in the military and in business prepared me for this opportunity, and I embraced it fully.
Although the business world is changing rapidly, one thing is certain: Integrity and trust in business still matters.
We strive to be a trusted advisor and business partner in providing Technology Assurance Services and we pride ourselves in developing relationships that transcend business. I value the relationships and friendships that have developed through GRAYCPA. They provide a level of personal and professional satisfaction that I never thought possible. I am truly blessed and always grateful for the support of my family, teammates, clients, and friends.
Les D. Gray, CPA, CISA, CIA
THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.