Q&A with Brett & Angela Strong of The Strong Firm PC and aSTRONGcpa; The Woodlands couple discuss community, work-life balance and future goals
THE WOODLANDS, TX – Bret and Angela Strong have built their lives around three things: family, community and integrity. Although they worked in different fields, they are both problem solvers and prominent business owners within The Woodlands, Texas.
Bret is the founder of The Strong Firm PC, a business law firm he founded in 2004, while Angela is a chartered accountant and founder of ASTRONGcpa, a firm she launched in 2008. .
Having been an active leader in The Woodlands for over 30 years, Bret was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership (EDP). Previously, he served as President of the South Montgomery County Woodlands Chamber of Commerce, served on the YMCA and United Way Boards of Directors, and became a Hometown Interfaith Hero in 2014. His many accolades include a kind heart and a steadfast hand. Mentor and friend of many, he is a true North within the community.
Angela Strong is a force all her own. His drive is fervent and his compassion is clear. Having been Vice-President Treasurer of the Chamber for many years, she is also strongly involved in the EDP. As a former Inspiration Ranch and Junior League board member, her dedication to causes that impact positively and transform lives is undeniable.
Raising their children and their businesses at The Woodlands, the couple embody the vision of founder George Mitchell in his sentiment “Live, Work, Play and Learn”. Strongly determined to find a balance between career and family, while remaining true to their shared values of honesty, diligence and selflessness, the couple continue to collectively strengthen the community.
Q&A with Bret and Angela Strong
“When my grandchildren asked me, ‘What are you doing? It’s hard to say just what a lawyer does to a four-year-old, but I explain that I solve people’s problems all day long – people come to me with the biggest problem they have. head right now, and I figure it out… Angela and I have both found ourselves in a service industry where we work closely with people from that community at high levels. We ended up doing what we love from different angles, but it’s about helping people in the long run, putting them or their business in a better position.
“I knew from a very young age that I was a very black and white person. So when I looked at the things I wanted to do, I knew I wanted to look at an industry based on solving problems and creating efficiency. I wanted to find an area where I could add value. I wanted to be the client’s lawyer, I wanted to be able to improve his life with the advice I give, so that he would feel better equipped to make a decision. There’s a tremendous accomplishment in that, in being able to say, “Let me handle this for you.” A client comes in and has a lot of different pieces, whether it’s their family trust, a business, an investment firm – how all of these things fit together to create the best response from a financial and fiscal point of view, taking into account the constraints of the law? I help people get from point A to point B, and potentially find efficiencies. Now we also have an auditing practice in my firm.
“I grew up in a very small community in Indiana with a lot of family around. My father passed away when I was young in a tragic car accident, so the family had to be there to support me. I wanted to recreate this somewhere, and I thought – Where are you going, where you know the pastor of your church and where you know the people every day when you go to work, where can you develop that sense. from the community ? I started my career here in 1996, practicing law and have built this community around what I do. This is what we focus on almost exclusively in our practice. We are talking about this community. We hire people who understand this dynamic of balance, as well as hard work and community involvement.
“I believe God created us to be community beings, I don’t think he created us to live in isolation. We should all act as a cohesive unit and support group in the environment we share. I don’t mean that in a community socialist way, where we share all goods and services, I mean in a neighborhood way – that if your pipe breaks in your house and you’re out of town, I’ll go clean it up for you, and then if I need someone to come and watch my children at the last minute, you’re going to send your teenager there, a society where we all help each other … that we can do everything on our own and I don’t think that’s correct. Everyone needs someone at some point. I think it’s just the way we’re designed.
“As you get deeper into the community, you start to think about where you can have the most impact and use your own personal toolkit to help these organizations in the best possible way. “
Bret and I are cut from the same cloth in that my mother was absent and Bret grew up without his father, and therefore, we focus on, or attracted to, children who are born in circumstances they have no control over. control; who are starting out in an already difficult position. It is important to accompany and provide help and support.
The couple have five children, three of which they share, and since they both work full time, “Every day is a challenge,” as Bret put it. “We don’t have a nanny, and it’s not always easy, but we make our children a priority,” he said.
“Balance for me is a constant struggle,” Angela said. “We both try to keep our businesses at a certain size that we know we can handle… I never want to be so stretched out, my kids being disappointed, my husbands disappointed, my clients being disappointed, my friends being disappointed – You kind of have to make sure that, ‘Okay, I know I can handle this clientele, and I know I can handle these extracurricular activities of my kids … I have to figure out how you’re going to hold it all together, but the Most of the time, it works. And the busier we are, the more resources we have to mobilize to help us. “
While Bret and Angela both agree that they want to keep the personal touch within their growing businesses, the next ten years are shaping up to be different for each.
“I’ve been in this community for 31 years,” said Bret, as he discussed his future role with The Strong Firm. He plans to become a mentor for the younger generation, to give valuable advice. “I really enjoy educating young people and showing them how we do things in our business. As you see these people start to take on leadership roles, my role will change, ”he said. “The firm will always be an integral part of this community, and that’s what people can count on from us.
“I think it’s very important that people recognize how vital this role is for a community,” Angela noted. “That if you are placed in a position where people know who you are and know what you are doing, it has to be treated with care and it has to be watched… So many people have a hard time finding someone to look into this. environment, someone who can be trusted not to waver in opinion depending on who’s in the room, and Bret is that person – that’s admirable, and that’s one of the things I love about it. more at home. He’s the same friend for everyone, and the same mentor, whether you work for him, or your child, or your client, or he works for you, ”she said.
“If anyone describes Brett Strong, or someone describes Angela Strong, or we’ve even said if anyone describes Luke Strong, who is nine years old, it must be the same. Now their point of view may be different, but it should be, “Oh, they’re always nice, and they’re always helpful, and they’re always honest. It should be universal.
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