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2020 40 Under 40: Timothy Chitwood, 38

Partner, BKD LLP

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Timothy Chitwood is not afraid of leadership roles – and colleagues have noticed.

He leads not one but two teams at BKD LLP, where he’s worked for 15 years. Chitwood’s been chosen by peers to lead BKD’s southern Missouri manufacturing and distribution practice spanning three offices and 40 professionals, as well as its transportation and logistics team.

“What got me there was my willingness to take on challenges as they arose,” he says.

It’s also shown in his making partner in the firm, currently the 13th largest in the nation with $663 million in annual revenue, according to Inside Public Accounting.

“Reaching this milestone in my career was no easy task,” Chitwood says. “This included me stepping out of my comfort zone.”

At this stage, he’s helping others do the same as a coach and mentor to peers in the firm.

What was your first job? A small lawn care business.

What is your proudest moment? Achieving partner at BKD alongside some of the brightest and most respected individuals in the profession.

What’s your most treasured possession? My dad’s restored, matching numbers 1969 Z-28 Camaro.

Have you ever met a celebrity? My wife met Justin Timberlake last year at a BKD Wealth Advisors event. I had the privilege of observing the excitement.

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