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Eagle Business Society hosts lecture by local CPA

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 17, 2014) – Tallahassee Community College students interested in majoring in business will soon have an opportunity to discuss the field with a highly successful professional.

Mark Payne, a certified public accountant and partner in James Moore and Company, will present his lecture "So Your Major Is Business…What Now?" on Tuesday, March 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the TCC Student Union Ballroom. Payne's lecture addresses post-graduation expectations and areas in which business majors can find success.

"This presentation will focus on the business world and the opportunities one can expect," Payne said. "Business is a team sport."

As a student at TCC in the 1980s, Payne took a financial accounting course that he said changed his world. After receiving his Associate in Arts from TCC in 1988, Payne went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in accounting and finance from Florida State University, graduating in 1991.

Payne's duties with James Moore and Company include management of accounting, auditing and business consulting services. He works with a wide range of clients, including nonprofit organizations, professional associations and governmental agencies.  Payne, who is certified in both Florida and Georgia, has over 20 years of experience in the accounting industry. The company employs over 25 CPAs at offices throughout Florida.

Payne said he enjoys working with college students, and several of the interns he has mentored have eventually transitioned into full-time jobs with the company.

The Eagle Business Society at TCC is sponsoring Payne's lecture as part of their ongoing Distinguished Lecture Series. The mission of the EBS is to enhance the educational experience of students interested in business by exposing them to business and industry leaders and expanding their networking capabilities. The organization was founded by TCC faculty member Edie Strickland in 2000.

In addition to hosting a Distinguished Lecture during the Fall and Spring semesters, the Eagle Business Society participates in career fairs and works with local businesses to promote leadership opportunities for TCC business students.

For information on the Eagle Business Society and upcoming events, please e-mail or visit

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