Trey Dunaway has reason to celebrate. The Thomson native received the second highest score in the country on the Certified Public Accountant exam in May.
He was mentioned in the December edition of the Journal of Accountancy for winning the Elijah Watts Sells silver medal for his score. About 50,000 people across the country took the test. Applicants who pass the exam are qualified to practice accounting in the state in which they take it.
"It was pretty overwhelming at first," Mr. Dunaway said. "I was very surprised. I didn't think I had done nearly that well."
His score on the exam was also the highest in the state of Tennessee. Mr. Dunaway lives in Antioch, Tn. and works as the Director of Finance for Universal Music Group in Nashville.
In March of 2000, Mr. Dunaway moved to the Nashville area to take a music job there.
"It had been a dream when I was in college to work in the music industry, but there are not that many opportunities for people who are in finance and accounting," he said.
Mr. Dunaway got interested in accounting between jobs.
"I realized that I had the educational qualifications to sit for the exam, but I wasn't sure if that was the direction I wanted to go," Mr. Dunaway said. "Our CFO started out as a CPA. ...He highly recommended it."
Mr. Dunaway is the son of McDuffie County Superior Court Judge Roger and Julie Dunaway.