Pat Meadows

Pat Meadows

Although born in Memphis, my parents quickly scooped me up and moved to Nashville so I am an almost native.  After a semester at Southwestern at Memphis (of which my parents approved and I consequently hated),  I came to Peabody College and studied business education, good preparation for a proper job as a teacher, but I wasn’t called to that wonderful profession and in my junior year discovered that I could make a lot more money in accounting.  That was enticing because my boyfriend at the time wanted to be an artist.   Peabody didn’t have much in the way of career outlets for those who didn’t want to teach and some referrals seemed more secretarial than professional.  Approaching graduation, I interviewed with two international CPA firms.  The managing partner at one chased me around the desk (I think that was a test) so I went to work for the other.  Even though they were open about hiring women, they were still learning about equality.   However, a reality I faced was the need to bring in large corporate clients and that was still difficult in Nashville. Cable also introduced me to a number of service organizations and I have enjoyed serving on their boards and learning about how their organizations helped others.

Cable introduced me to a number of service organizations and I joined their boards to meet others wh might need our firm’s services.  The bonus was serving on their boards and learning about how their organizations helped others.

I later joined two others who had left that CPA firm and formed our own.  Unlike law firms at that time which kept their names for many years, we changed as partners came and went and there were several.  Over the years, I found that auditing was not how I wanted to spend my career so I became first a financial planner, then a fraud examiner, then a business valuer.  I would become certified in an area and then let others expand it.  Business valuation proved the most interesting and I began a solo practice in that area in 2000.

After my husband’s passing in 2012, I “suited up” to see what I could contribute to the management of the manufacturing company he had owned.  My son had worked there for eight years, and it was great to work with him, although I finally learned to give advice only in emergencies and when requested. He now owns and is CEO of the company, which provides facilities branding.  My current pursuits are not financially compensated.   I am on several not for profit boards, which are involved in causes I enthusiastically support, travel, garden  and agree with friends who say that retirement seems even busier than working.

Cable gave me the connection and mutual support of other professional women.   It proved to me that I was not the only woman trying to accomplish similar goals.