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Davies Allen, P.C. Employee Feature- Brad Wyatt

3-26-2018 | 7:45am

Today’s employee feature, we sit down with Brad Wyatt, a CPA in our Salt Lake office, and one of our newest accountants.

“I was born in Brigham City, Utah. I am a middle child with two older sisters and two younger sisters. I spent the first 12 years of my life in the small Cache Valley town of Millville. When I was 12, I moved to Glenwood, UT, Population 350. This is where I “grew up”. I spent as much time as possible being outside, hunting fishing, riding 4-wheelers, shooting guns, camping, playing football, wrestling, softball, baseball, weightlifting, running trails, and working. I played every sport that I could in high school. After high school, I served an LDS mission to East African countries of Uganda and Tanzania. It was an absolutely life-changing experience for me. Upon returning home to Utah, I enrolled in school at Weber State University. I was going through the Pre-Med program at Weber, but soon learned that I didn’t enjoy chemistry nearly as much as I thought. During this time, I was working for ATK Launch Systems. I worked on the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Boosters. This was my favorite job ever. I loved meeting the astronauts and watching the fly to and from the International Space Station. Because I worked for ATK, I thought that perhaps i would enjoy being an engineer, so I changed my major to Electrical Engineering. I wasn’t a huge fan of calculus. My brother in law asked me if I needed help that year filing my tax return. I said “Sure” as I had always paid someone else to do it. After I had finished my filings, I was set on becoming a tax accountant. I completed my undergraduate degree and Masters of Taxation degree at Weber State. I am married to my sweetheart Shawntae. We have been married for about 4 months and we have a pile of kids between us. Ava is 9, Kingston is 8, Navy is 6, Axel is 5, Capri is 4, and Ridge is 6 weeks. We have a miniature dachshund named Murphy, and a Hedgehog named Gizmo. My hobbies have changed as I have realized what matters most in life. My family and I love spending time at Bear Lake where we ride four wheelers, make s’mores, and let the kids just be kids. We spend time watching and quoting movies, building Legos, playing Super Nintendo, going to Lagoon, cooking, coloring, making crafts, wrestling, dancing, singing, and trying not to kill each other.”

 

-What food have you never eaten but would really like to try?

I have tried just about everything that has come my way. It was only recently that I found a new food love. I had never really been attracted to sushi. My wife, however, enjoys it and I took her to get sushi on one of our dates. Now I cannot get enough. I LOVE sushi. Most of the strange foods that I have eaten came from life in Africa. I have eaten grasshoppers, caterpillars, termites, goat brains, pig intestines, chicken feet and heads, and fish heads including the eyes to name a few.

-What food is delicious but a pain to eat?

I would never consider eating crab a pain, as it is simply delicious, but it takes the most work. Crab is one of my favorite foods. Once, I went to Las Vegas and found a buffet that included all you can eat crab legs. needless to say, I got my money’s worth and didn’t leave hungry.

-Who was your craziest / most interesting teacher?

I have had what seems like a million teachers. One of my college professors was named Ryan Pace. He was a tall guy with a very shy personality. He was an absolute genius when it came to law, in particular tax law. I swear, Ryan had every code section memorized. He understood it so well that it made it very easy to learn from him. He wrote his own textbooks. his examples were always hilarious. he used character names like Brett Malone and Karl Favre. It made learning fun and memorable.

-What “old person” things do you do?

Hahaha. I watch movies and TV with the volume up too high for normal people. Then I will suddenly ask who turned it up so loud when the movie plays a song or something. I also complain about kids leaving the lights on. I tell my kids all the time about the horror stories from my life growing up, like not having wifi or electronics in my house. The dreaded wooden spoon/yardstick/belt beatings to which we were subjected. We didn’t have a TV with a remote growing up, having to change the channel by getting off the couch, and you can forget about pausing live TV. Having to walk to school, up-hill, both ways, in the snow! Having to do my homework with a pencil that I had to sharpen when it became dull on paper that didn’t have perforated edges. I tell them about the job I had as a 8-year-old kid shoveling my neighbors’ horse barns for $5 a day. I complain about going bald and how my children are the reason for all of my lost hairs. I make old person noises when I move. I tell my kids to shut the doors because I don’t make enough to heat the great outdoors. I like eating dinner at 3:30 or 4:00 at a buffet, and I am completely comfortable going to bed at 7:30 or 8:00.

-What was the last photo you took?

A picture of my new baby all wrapped up and snuggly after his bath.

-What’s the spiciest thing you’ve ever eaten?

I served an LDS mission to East Africa. I served in Uganda and Tanzania. While I was in Tanzania, I was eating a soup that I had never tried before. I like eating peppers, like green, red and yellow. There was a small orange pepper in this soup so I took it and without thinking much of it, I ate the entire pepper as it was bite size. I very quickly came to realize that it was NOT a bell or sweet pepper. It was a habanero pepper. My mouth was on fire, my nose was running, my eyes watering and it was hard to breathe. This lasted for about half an hour. I was very embarrassed, but thankful to be alive.

Brad, thank you so much!