Cary Magazine Movers & Shakers: Adam Buchanan

Position: First direct-admit tax partner at Hughes Pittman & Gupton LLP; partner leader of firm’s Reaching Out initiative for staff development; board member, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County

Favorite accomplishments: “Being a great father to my two sons. I’ve held leadership roles at every firm where I have worked, which has been a tremendous growth opportunity. I’ve also had the opportunity to give back, primarily through involvement with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, but also through my faith community and my neighborhood.”

Motivation: “To give my children the same opportunities I had when I was growing up: A great education, a strong support network, and the affirmation that I support them no matter what career path they choose. Coupled with this is the desire to leave the world better than I found it.”

Biggest challenge: “Juggling how to support my wife’s demanding career, serve my clients with world-class service and be the father that my sons deserve.”

Guiding philosophy: “In the words of the great Winston Churchill, ‘We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.’ If we’re not out there making a difference in the world, then what are we doing here? We have to be something bigger than ourselves, to give back in a meaningful way.”

Advice: “Don’t be afraid to take some calculated risks, especially early in your career. There are very few errors from which you can’t recover, so don’t be afraid to roll the dice.”  

Louis Vitiello Jr.


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Adam Buchanan
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