Colin Flanders,
Project Manager, and soon-to-be CPA!
WHEN COLIN DECIDED to go back to school, it had been 15 years since he had last been in college, and he was in the midst of his career as a consultant and accountant at Eng Flanders Group. In addition to implementing property management software for companies throughout the country, he also used his accounting expertise to establish EFG’s Accounting Services Department. He and his accounting services team had been providing outsourced accounting services for managers of all types of real estate portfolios across the nation.
As the Accounting Services Department became successful and was growing, he came to the conclusion that he wanted to achieve Certified Public Accountant status. “It would further expand my realm of knowledge and expertise in accounting and finance, and it would enable EFG to expand its accounting services to include outsourced financial consultation and management at the Controller and CFO level,” he said.

Colin stated, “When I first made the decision to go back to school after a 15-year break, I was nervous.” Colin added, “I knew then that it would be a long road, particularly taking classes while working full time at EFG.” When asked how he managed the pressure of pursuing a degree while maintaining a full time career, he said, “I had to make sure I didn't get too stressed about the end goal, so I told myself that this was going to be my life for the foreseeable future.” Colin’s commitment paid off. Even while working full time, this month (May 2022) he graduated Magna Cum Laude, earning a bachelor’s degree with a double major in Accounting and Information Systems from California State University Northridge.


“I have to thank my family who always believes in me and remind me of how proud they are.” He acknowledges that college students are often surrounded by a support group that extends beyond the family, and he recognizes that many people contributed to his success. “I would also like to thank my employer Eng Flanders Group for being such a flexible and encouraging work environment, and my professors and mentors I leaned on along the way. And,” he adds with a smile,” all my friends who put up with me and listened to me complain about school and classes for eight years.”


When asked if he recommends going back to school after spending years in the workplace, he says emphatically, “A piece of advice to anyone who is thinking about going to school, especially at an older age -- go for it! It's hard, and it might feel awkward at first, but stick with it. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to go back to school. I know that not everyone is able to, but if you can, it really is worth it. Keep learning and growing.”