IAm Steve Sokol
Blogs Steve Sokol, CIA, CPA, CFE Jul 19, 2023
I’ve been an auditor for over 20 years, but I've learned from experience this line bombs at parties.
I am happiest when I have at least two major trips in the planning phase and when I can make my two teen daughters laugh. I am riding high as a dad these days; I just got back from taking them to the Taylor Swift Eras tour in Denver, Colorado. Acquiring tickets required planning, patience, and a bit of luck — all skills I've picked up as a long-time auditor.
If we ever meet in person, we will swap travel stories; I always have an ambitious travel agenda. I also might try to add you on Instagram so you can see my attempts at outdoor adventure.
I grew up in Utah in a skiing family. After college, I moved to Southern California, took a break from skiing, and then spent the ensuing years starting a career and raising small children. About 10 years ago, having returned to Utah, my manager encouraged me to get back on the slopes. So, I did, with my wife and eventually my kids too. It's been the greatest thing — a sort of second childhood. I recommend revisiting sports or activities from youth, even if they lead to a torn ACL.
As a profound introvert, I've been a reluctant leader. Somehow, I have managed to emerge as a leader professionally and personally. I am known in my circles as a complex vacation planner and leader for dozens of friends and families. My record was planning an extensive summer road trip for 14 families that included river rafting, a tour through Dinosaur National Monument, and hiking in the surrounding mountains. I'm pleased to report that we didn't lose a single person on this trip — and everyone was still friends afterwards.
These recreational leadership entanglements, though often a headache for me, have paid a big dividend. As a family, we've have deepened relationships, made memories, and shared unique learning experiences — the kind of education that only travel can offer.
I've been lucky to have had several chances to visit the island of Maui in Hawaii. Last year, I wanted to go rowing with one of the local clubs. I took my spouse, kids, and of course a few neighbors from Utah, out with the Kihei Canoe Club. There is nothing more relaxing than a morning row with a team of folks who love it as much as you do. Life is too short to wait for retirement to travel, play, and be with the people you love.