PODCAST: How a love for football turned into a passion for philanthropy

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by Nicole Fracasso

Tyler Suter, CPA, defines charity as “putting someone else before yourself.” Outside of his professional career at Suter Financial LLC, Suter serves as Treasurer of the NFL Alumni Association Central Ohio Chapter. On a recent episode of The State of Business, Suter discussed how his involvement grew, what it means to give back and how his CPA background plays a role in his charity work.

Suter was five years into his professional career when an associate asked if he wanted to get involved in the association. Since he has always had a love for football, Suter did not hesitate to say yes.

“I have a hard time saying no to good things,” he said.

Before becoming treasurer, Suter helped out in various ways, such as organizing a golf outing with NFL alumni. While Columbus is one of the only chapters in the US that doesn’t have an NFL team, there is still a major influence from Buckeye nation, according to Suter.

“They’re normal people too, they have regular jobs now,” he said, of the former NFL players. “So, a lot of them are making a transition into having a normal lifestyle after you play.”

Suter also spends his time outside of work volunteering for Nationwide Children’s development board. While volunteering for both organizations can be stressful, he says it’s important to remember why you do it.

“When you’re raising money for kids and helping kids, that’s how you have to look at it,” he said. “Make it not about yourself because that’s not what charity’s about.”

Suter says his CPA background has played a role in his volunteer work as well because that skillset led him to becoming treasurer of the association and helped him make the change from auditing to starting his own business.

“Having that CPA behind my name has opened up doors for me that I could have never imagined,” he said.

Suter, who considers himself an opportunistic person, says he decided to get his CPA because it was a challenge.

“If you don’t take the opportunities in front of you and get comfortable, that’s when you hit your ceiling and you start to regress,” he said.

He credited his career and charity involvement as helping him grow over the years. He’s learned to put other people before himself, regardless of if it’s in his personal or professional life.

“It’s all about stepping back and not thinking of yourself so much,” he said.

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