NSBCPA Meet the Members #6: Antonio D. Luke, Sr

Antonio LukeWhen did you know you wanted to become an accountant?

I never wanted to become an accountant. In a sense, the profession chose me. I started out as a general business major, but I didn't feel adequately challenged by the educational curriculum. The demand for more out of my education led me to inquire about the most challenging major in the university's business program; and, voila, an accountant was born!

When did you know you wanted to become a CPA?

I knew I wanted to become a CPA when I became a CPA. Again, the profession chose me. When I graduated (with a B.S in accounting), a friend encouraged me to study for the exam. After taking and passing my first exam, all that I knew at that point was that  I wanted to pass the exam. The want to become a CPA didn't reach my internal radar until I passed all four exams.

Do you have any family members who are also CPAs?


Where did you sit for the CPA exam?

I sat in Florida and Colorado.

How many times did you take each part? FAR - ; REG - ; AUD - ; BEC?

FAR - 2; REG - 2; AUD - 1; BEC - 2

In your own words, what are the advantages of being a Black CPA?

As a  Black CPA, you offer a unique perspective about a variety of issues, obstacles, and opportunities within the profession that can't be seen by your counterparts. That's because there is no substitution for diversity.

What do you do now professionally?

I work in Public Accounting. 

What advice do you have for anyone considering a career in accounting?

Learn that there is value in your mistakes.

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