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Catawba Alumnus to Speak on "Quarterbacking Your Firm"

September 20, 2007

Category: Alumni, Business & Economics, Events


Tom BurdetteCatawba College alumnus and owner of The Burdette Smith Group P.C., a CPA firm in Fairfax, Va., Thomas Burdette '73 will speak on "Quarterbacking Your Firm" Thursday, October 18 on the Catawba campus. Burdette's presentation begins at 11 a.m. in Tom Smith Auditorium of the Ralph W. Ketner Building.

A former Catawba football player and a current resident of Clifton, Va., Burdette started his own CPA firm in the Washington, D.C. area at age 27. Today, his firm, The Burdette-Smith Group, P.C., employs approximately 40 people, and his area of expertise is dealing with high income, high net worth individuals who for the most part own their own businesses.

Burdette, who has served on Catawba's Board of Visitors, has long supported fund-raising efforts related to the institution's football program, contributing generously to the Shuford Stadium construction effort and to the grassroots campaign which raised funds to put lights in that stadium.

Tom BurdetteBurdette majored in accounting at Catawba and was a starter in the defensive secondary for the Catawba Indians all four of his undergraduate years, under the tutelage of Coach Harvey Stratton. While a student, he was active in intramurals. He served as treasurer of the student government association during his senior year, and a treasurer of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) during his junior and senior years. He was a member of the Accounting Club during his junior and senior years, and during his senior year, he was named to Who's Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Burdette's presentation is free and open to the community. For more details, contact Catawba's Ketner School of Business at (704) 637-4405.


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