Title: Owner, Manager
Company: R I Hodge & Associates
Location: Decatur, Georgia, United States
Reginald I. Hodge, Owner and Manager at R I Hodge & Associates, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in tax preparation.
During his college years, Mr. Hodge had a solid understanding of financial applications, along with finding appropriate sources in paying college tuition when helping his friends deal with their finances. They suggested he look into a career in tax preparation, which he believed would also be fitting to his aptitude for numbers and desire to help people. To Mr. Hodge’s luck, one of his classmates worked for a CPA firm and taught him how to complete his tax returns and how to fill out forms to apply for financial aid. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Hodge received a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from the University of the Virgin Islands, along with a Master of Business Administration acquired from the institution in 1985. He cites achieving his Master’s degree as the greatest achievement of his life.
A registered professional tax preparer by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Mr. Hodge has served as the owner and manager of R I Hodge & Associates since 2000. Likewise, he has worked as the senior accountant for DeKalb County Roads & Drainage in Atlanta, Georgia since 2004. Mr. Hodge commenced his professional career working for H&R Block in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he initially learned the ins and outs of tax preparation. He went on to work for the IRS, gaining the exposure and experience that propelled him to excellence throughout his career. Mr. Hodge recalls his career highlight as serving as deputy director of his alma mater, the University of the Virgin Islands. Originally starting as interim director to see how he would perform in the role, he was appointed to the position after six months of impressive work and contribution to the school.
Outside of his primary roles, Mr. Hodge dedicates time to serve as the personal finance advisor to his local church and also maintains membership with the Rotary Club of the Virgin Islands. Notably, in 2017, he was the recipient of an Advanced Certificate of Public Work Management from the University of Georgia. Looking back on his career trajectory, Mr. Hodge attributes his success to being a goal-oriented person, along with his strong beliefs in helping others and his faith. He has found great purpose in helping clients with the burdens of financial preparation and he hopes to continue helping others for many years to come. With this sentiment, he envisions himself settling into retirement within the next five years. The advice Mr. Hodge can pass onto the next generation of financial professional is to be incredibly knowledgeable in your area of work, as there are various tax issues that clients may bring forward. To achieve this knowledge, he suggests working with a professional with experience in bankruptcy, foreclosure and more.
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