Alumni Spotlight: Allen Carroll
For Allen Carroll, South is the place not just for him, but for his family. His wife graduated from South, and his daughter is currently enrolled. When deciding where to go to college it was clear that one of the most important things for Allen was that he could stay close to home: Mobile, Alabama. He grew up in Mobile and his roots are deep in the community. At the time of enrollment, he was already working at the airport and learning how to fly. However, it wasn’t until Carroll’s neighbor, an alumnus from the Mitchell College of Business, suggested he consider South. The neighbor was confident that was the place for Allen; and he couldn’t have been more right.
Allen received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting in the summer of 1987. Carroll attributes the foundation of his business career back to the Mitchell College of Business. He acknowledges all of his dedicated professors who cared so much about preparing students for the future. He attributes the university for giving him the confidence to go after things that might at first seem impossible.
After graduation, Allen joined Wilkins Miller, a Mobile based CPA and Advisory firm with offices in Mobile and Fairhope, Alabama. After 30 years, he is still with this organization. Allen credits that to the challenging and fulfilling work. He has been a partner since 1995 and currently serves as the firm’s Managing Partner. “At the beginning of my career, I was more focused on learning the technical matters of all things business and accounting,” he recalls. “But as time has gone by, my role has shifted more toward organizational development and leadership, developing people and consulting with clients more broadly.” Allen says he has more fun today than 30 years ago, and in many ways, wishes he could turn back time and enjoy it all over again!
Allen offers some advice to all students: have the confidence to follow their instincts, “I have learned over time that we all generally have good instincts, but not always the confidence and trust to act, particularly when we are young.”