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Senior Manager, 
Arnett Foster Toothman
Charleston, 38

Ryan Lindsay said he loves that he is able to make a big difference in society through his job as a senior manager at Arnett Foster Toothman. 

Lindsay, 38, has more than 13 years of accounting and auditing experience in health care entities and nonprofit organizations. He said although he likes working with all clients, he especially enjoys working for not-for-profit hospitals. 

"Often these hospitals are one of the largest employers in the county and have such a meaningful impact to the people of West Virginia," he said. "You want the hospital that you go to or have to take your parents or kids to have the best people, best equipment and the best customer service. I feel like some of the work our firm does for these hospitals helps make those things possible." 

Lindsay graduated from West Virginia University in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. 

So how did he get where he is today? Lindsay credits his success in part to his parents. 

"I grew up with two very supportive and hard-working parents," he said. "My mom was a school teacher and my dad a coal miner. Mom never let me slack with school work. ... Dad, like other coal miners in our state, was one of the hardest-working individuals I've ever seen. ... He had a tough career, and that inspired me to not only join the work force at an early age but to do my share around the house to help my parents. I applied the skills that mom helped me obtain and the hard work that my dad instilled with me to my career as a public accountant." 

And to this day, Lindsay carries these life lessons with him and encourages other professionals to keep striving and working hard to achieve their goals.  

"Don't get complacent," he said. "Look for a new challenge; be a better mentor; strive for a new position. Growth and potential is not over after college, that new job or that recent promotion. These steps have only allowed you to go higher and shine brighter. You've worked so hard to get where you are today, you owe it to yourself to continue the journey."