Jim holds a B.S. degree in Management from Virginia Tech’s Pamplin School of Business, conferred in June of 1979. He spent almost 40 years in the insurance industry with responsibilities covering management, marketing, sales, underwriting, recruiting, training, and business ownership. He transitioned into the accounting field during his last 12 years in the insurance industry as the controller for a mid-sized insurance agency. In addition to handling all the agency’s accounting and financial functions, he was responsible for the company’s human resources and benefits programs as well as its IT and computer programs. He also managed the agency’s leasing and purchasing needs along with vendor and merchant relationships. After leaving the agency, he finished the necessary accounting courses that qualified him to sit for the state CPA exam. He then completed his transition into the accounting industry by working for two different public accounting firms in Bel Air. Jim joined WABC in November of 2021 having as his primary responsibility the preparation of individual and some small business tax returns. During his spare time Jim enjoys exercising, learning about computer software, reading biographies or novels based on historical figures, watching college football and college wrestling but, most of all, his favorite pastime is mentoring his grandson, who lives with Jim, his wife, and son in their Bel Air home.
Takenya Murphy joined WABC in January 2022. She graduated from Walden University, Accounting Cum Laude. Also, she is currently working on her Master’s in Forensic Accounting, at Stevenson University. She is a QuickBooks online Pro-Advisor. She has been in the accounting field for a total of 12 years (six of those years were spent in Public Accounting). When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her children and Miniature Pomeranian, reading books, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, and traveling with friends and family.