When asked how she’d like to be remembered during her time at Crowe, Betty Morris (South Bend), Firmwide Travel leader, said, “I’d like to be remembered as the person who always had a smile and tried to make someone else smile,” said Betty. As she looks toward retirement on January 4, 2021, it’s clear Betty has made an impact in the 49 years since she joined Crowe. She started her career at Crowe in 1971 as a co-op student during her senior year of high school. “I was one of about five people working in the ‘clerical pool.’ We typed letters and audit reports, took dictation, filed and answered the switchboard,” shared Betty. “At that time, Crowe had offices in South Bend, Elkhart and Benton Harbor, Mich., and about 10 partners.”
In 1976, Betty left the firm to start her family, returning four years later. Betty started back in the mailroom, eventually taking a position scheduling for the Audit group that also included making travel reservations for the team members. By the mid-80s, Crowe had grown to include four more offices and almost 50 partners. “By then, I had found my passion and knew I wanted to expand my role in travel.” Betty started managing travel for the South Bend office but as travel became more prevalent across all Crowe offices in the 90s, the firm centralized the function. Betty said that the most valuable advice she has been given in her career is don’t wait for someone to offer you an opportunity. “If you want to try something, take a risk and don’t be afraid to make a mistake,” she said. “We learn from our mistakes.” Once retired, Betty says she’s looking forward to spending more time with family. She has six grandchildren and both parents who all live nearby. She also hopes to do some traveling once pandemic restrictions are lifted.