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2017-01-27 / Top 100 People

Thomas W. Orr

Manager

Young, Oakes, Brown & CO P.C.

Thomas W. Orr is the manager of accounting and consulting firm Young, Oakes, Brown & CO, P.C. (YOBCO) out of Altoona. He has worked at YOBCO for the last 12 years to provide audit, tax and accounting services to businesses, individuals and nonprofit organizations.

“Small business is the backbone of our local economy,” Orr said. “We are seeing a revitalization of this in downtown Altoona. I see myself as helping local business owners ensure they have relevant financial information to enable them to make good decisions.”

Born and raised in Altoona, Orr went to Altoona High School and graduated from Geneva College. It was there that he met and eventually married his college sweetheart, Joy. He and his wife have five children: Abigail, Lydia, Chloe, Bethany and Thomas.

In his spare time, he is an active member and treasurer of Westminster Orthodox Presbyterian Church, board member of Kiwanis Club of Altoona, officer in the Altoona Fairview Cemetery Association and is an officer in the Central Chapter of Pennsylvania Institute of CPA’s.

Out of his life and career, Orr recounts what he has learned from some of his mistakes.

“I’ve learned (and am learning) several key things from various mistakes I’ve made over the years,” Orr said. “I cannot assume things are OK because certain practices or procedures have ‘always been done that way.’ I am entrusted to perform my service to the best of my ability so it deserves my wholehearted effort.”

Orr enjoys working on old cars as a hobby and cites Proverbs 3: 5-6 as his favorite Scripture verse.

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