40 Under 40 Honoree: Angie Martin, MPA — 35
Director of Education, Lane Gorman Trubitt, LLP, Dallas, TX
EDUCATION: Masters of Public Accounting — Wichita State
University; BS Accounting — Kansas State University
FAMILY: Loves spoiling her brother’s children.
HOBBIES & INTERESTS: An avid sports fan, especially college
football. Also enjoys spending time with family and friends, and her TiVo is
dedicated to cooking shows.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: AICPA, American Society of Training
What’s the one piece of technology that MOST helps you get through
your normal workday?
“My Nokia E62 — web access, phone, e-mail all in one. I don’t
know what I would do without it.”
What will be the biggest change over the next five years in the ways
tax and accounting firms operate?
“Firms must change the way they provide education to staff. Embracing
a learning culture is key to continued growth and success. Technology will play
a big part in this. Firm Wikipedias, podcasts, and a myriad of web-based learning
opportunities will become more prevalent and are just a few ways this will occur.
Small bursts of learning (10 to 30 minutes) need to replace the traditional
two- to eight-hour classes because they provide more effective learning and,
by using technology, can be delivered exactly when needed by the learner. While
technology cannot replace all live instructor learning, it can continue to enhance
the classroom experience with interactive activities. Using the emerging education
technologies to develop team members will be a definite strategic advantage
for the growing firm in the future.”
What Angie’s peers had to say about her:
As the Director of Education at Lane Gorman Trubitt, L.L.P., Angie leads the
learning initiatives that keep the staff prepared for new technology, technical
issues and professional development needs. Angie also serves a critical role
in the planning of any new initiative rollouts at her firm to ensure proper
education is conducted prior, during and after.
Angie has focused her education initiatives on just-in-time learning, emphasizing
courses as needed for the individual learner. Individual learning plans for
staff, as well as strategic learning directions for the organization are what
she has presented to Lane Gorman Trubitt, L.L.P. to be the learning building
blocks for their growth and success. In addition to developing a robust program
at her own firm, Angie is a sought-after presenter both regionally and nationally.
She has presented multiple topics for the AICPA and other conferences, including
using education as part of your retention tools and long-term planning for education
success. Angie also serves as a consultant to firms as they work to leverage
education in the development of a strategic plan. Currently, Angie serves on
the AICPA Tech+ Conference Planning Committee.