Professional Spotlight: Travis Grody
What has your experience with Aurora been like since joining?
My experience with Aurora has been intriguing and challenging given the wide range of client experiences and the fast paced nature of the industry. I have had the opportunity to work in several different industries and types of cases, and these different opportunities have built on each other as I develop my skills as a turnaround professional.
What do you like most about Aurora?
Aurora is dedicated to professionalism and quality, which makes me proud to be a part of this team. Through the variety of client situations, our leadership team has demonstrated a commitment to quality that has carried through to the entire company. Additionally, we have a strong group of like-minded consultants that have proven themselves in their careers and want to build on each other’s successes. Each member of our team has their own skill set, and through working with different groups the collaboration has helped to develop our own understandings and to provide the best solutions for our clients.
How did you get involved within this Industry?
As a CPA, I previously worked with mid to large sized companies in external audit and developed professional relationships that led me to Aurora. I decided to switch to turnaround consulting after learning more about the industry and the opportunities to gain management experience and to provide consistent value to clients through problem solving and understanding of complex restructuring situations.
What have been some of your more important or gratifying engagements?
My most gratifying engagements have been those where Aurora stepped in to run a business and fought to keep the operations intact. We were engaged in a role with many employees counting on us to keep them employed. We were able to create positive net income and keep the employees in a job. This was an incredible experience in developing management skills both relating to making the business decisions necessary to elevate financial performance and the soft skills needed to improve morale and keep operations running smoothly.
For Someone starting out in the industry, what advice would you give?
The turnaround industry moves quickly, and no two cases are the same. In order to succeed, you must be prepared mentally to adapt to new circumstances and to make strong and timely decisions.
What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
In my free time, I enjoy helping out around the house with my wife and dog, playing golf with the guys, and traveling down to Athens to catch a UGA football game.