January 25. 2018 3:02PM

Adam M. Lord, CPA, CNAP • 32 • Manchester

What is the best career advice you ever received?

The managing partner at our firm said to me once, “Do what you do best; be happy, work hard, and everything else will fall into place.”

Why did you choose your profession?

My parents were instrumental in my education and the steps that led to my career. With the implementation of Sarbanes Oxley, and what it meant to the accounting profession, combined with my enjoyment of reading and math, they suggested I look into accounting. Once in the public accounting sector, I realized the value and importance that accountants play to business owners and the duty bestowed upon accountants for the people around the community.

What motivates you to give back to your community?

There is value in giving to the future of our community; whether it is in small intervals or in large infusions. I chose to give back: to the LGBT community through political activism, to the N.H. Society of CPA’s in mentoring the future of the industry, to the millennials of the state, to ensure that the state adjusts to the needs of the future.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?

It is OK to be different; surround yourself with like-minded people who have different things to say, and listen to what they have to say.

What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?

New Hampshire is already attractive to young professionals. It is exciting to wake up every day to development; seeing the vibrancy of the mills, the hustle and bustle of workers renovating historic buildings downtown. It is attractive because we encourage the arts, the history, the nonprofits, the innovation, the independence and prosperity of a strong workforce. It should be talked about more, how quality of life and cost of living in New Hampshire would give one many reasons to look at New Hampshire as their next home.

What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?

Contributing. Advance my knowledge and firm in the accounting industry. Contribute to my community as an active member of the political energy in this state. Contribute to my family as a man of values, integrity and honesty.

What was your last major achievement?

Being able to work with 19 other individuals around the state to draft specific issues and recommendations concerning millennial issues for Governor Sununu.

Volunteer activities: A founder and treasurer for N.H. Log Cabin Republicans; N.H. Society of CPA’s YP Committee; Governor’s Millennial Advisory Council.