Name: Wayne Garrett
Hometown: Weatherford (born in Anson, Texas)
Years at WC: 1972-1974
What course of study did you follow? Accounting
Post WC school: Texas Wesleyan University, Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner licenses and designations, several securities and insurance licenses.
What is your current occupation? I am a partner of Snow Garrett Williams CPA’s, CEO of Snow Garrett Wealth Management, President of Garrett Wealth Advisory Group and PGA Financial in Fort Worth. I started to work in 1976, and I joined Gary Snow in January 1980 to start our careers together. Years later Kathy Williams joined us a third partner.
What is the best part of your job? I get to do what I love doing everyday – each day is a new challenge, and I always get to work with a great team and meet wonderful clients. My clients are my friends or become so over time. I get to make positive impacts on their lives.
How did your time at WC contribute to your success? Weatherford College laid the foundation for a solid college experience.
Would you suggest WC to others? I have recommended Weatherford College to many over the years. I feel that WC is one of the best ways for a young person to get started and is particularly helpful if the student does not have a lot of financial means to attend college. WC is one of the best deals and a big bang for the buck. We are truly blessed to have this outstanding institution in our community.
What is your biggest achievement in life, so far? Without a doubt, my family is my biggest success and richest blessing. But I have so many other achievements, or should I say blessings: two great business partners, a great team that works with us, my son Brandon working by my side each day, great clients and good friends. Life is good. I don’t call them achievements, but blessings.
What is your favorite memory of your time at WC? There are so many, but I would say the building of relationships. On class breaks we would play cards or games or just sit and talk. Some of the relationships that were formed at WC have lasted a lifetime.
Did you have a favorite instructor or staff member? I enjoyed almost all of my professors, but the one who set the stage for much of my future success was my accounting professor Glenn Westenhover. He was a rock solid teacher, and if you made an A in his class you learned a lot and had the making to become a strong accountant. Mr. Westenhover and I have stayed in touch over the years and normally talk every couple of weeks or so. He always asks me if I am keeping up with the tax law changes. I tell him that I still remember that debits are on the left and credits are on the right as long as they don’t change which side the windows are. Then I always tell him, “I am still mad at you. You never told me that being a CPA could be such hard work!” He just always grins and chuckles.
How would you describe your ability to make living based off of your WC education? Without a good education, I think my life would have most likely turned out totally different. The biggest lesson I learned from WC was when one of my instructors asked me to stay after class one day. She then proceeded to tell me to always be a lifetime student, to sharpen my saw (learn something) every day and always try a little harder. That encouragement helped me immensely to become a lifetime student and always work hard. That sage advice not only helped me in college but has helped me in every aspect of my life and particularly in my professional career.
How important was affordability when choosing to attend WC? My family was a good family but economically not able to afford for me to go to college. I worked 25 to 30 hours a week while I was at WC, and I paid my way and was able to save enough money to afford to keep going to college beyond WC. Without the opportunities at WC, I am not sure I would have ever been able to get a college education.
How would you describe the individual attention you received at WC? Well, I go back to the comment about the instructor that asked me to stay after class. She did not have to do that. She did it because she truly had an interest in her students. I was 18 at the time and just wandering and going through the motions. She was an encourager and truly opened my eyes as to the possibilities in life. I am confident there are many students who had similar encounters with the outstanding instructors at WC. I could never say thank you enough for that life-changing conversation. Education truly opens the doors to so many possibilities in life.
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