Zailah didn't follow her passion in life. Rather, she discovered it along the way. Growing up, she dreamed of being a writer or a journalist. It came naturally to her, and she loved it. While at college, however, her hand was gently forced from penning essays to stroking a 10-key. You see, it was her parents' dream to be accountants. For one reason or another, that never came to be, but they were keen to see their daughter achieve this degree for herself. It wasn't easy, far from it, but she persevered and obtained her accounting degree and her CPA license shortly thereafter. To say her parents are proud would be an understatement.
She began her career at a Big 4 accounting firm in their tax department. Taxation wasn't her strongest subject in her undergraduate studies, but the challenge of becoming proficient in it was enticing. Zailah is the type of person who seeks opportunities to grow and learn despite the discomfort along the journey. So, after a few years in the Big 4, she sought a new challenge in working for a U.S. accounting firm; Dark Horse CPAs. She is excited for this new chapter in her life and the growth that will result.
When not challenging herself in her accounting career, you'll likely find her on the road traveling with her band, Banda Kawayan Pilipinas. They play instruments fashioned out of bamboo and other indigenous materials while dancing. She's been a part of this band for 12 years and considers them a second family. She also loves watching volleyball. Outside those passions, you'll find her exploring different places, activities, and new experiences.
Suzi Drennen is the most knowledgeable, conscientious, and responsive CPA I have ever known—which is why I’ve stayed with her for more than 10 years. She is honest, has always gotten back to me quickly even at the height of tax season, and has saved me thousands of dollars over the years. The icing on the cake is that Suzi’s easy to work with and on top of that, a great person! She and her firm are tops!