Features February 2021

Couple Overcomes Tragedy to Start Business, Family

Christina Davidson is North Valley from way back. An OG, as the kids say, Davidson moved from South Dakota to Arizona in 1986 at just 5 years old.

Growing up, she only wanted to be two things: the head maid at the White House due to her obsessive compulsive love of cleaning, and not an accountant.

“My dad was in finance, and seeing all the number crunching just seemed like such a drag as a kid,” says Christina.

But here is the thing: she became an accountant.

“I started in mechanical engineering at the University of Arizona, but quickly realized it was not my passion,” says Christina. “So, I took a few accounting classes just to get them out of the way and was surprised that I took to the concepts right away. I became an accounting major figuring I would just get the degree and then go into business of some sort.”

But, accounting took to her as much as she did to it. When she graduated in 2003, she worked a series of high profile accounting jobs, one of which moved her to Colorado for a spell.

“Home sick, I did move back to the Valley in 2010, where much of my time was spent palling around with my mom, Bethie, and re-connecting with friends,” says Christina. “And then in 2015, everything changed when my mom was diagnosed with uterine cancer.”

For the next year, the entire family came together and rallied around Bethie.

“By late-2015, we got the news she was cancer-free, so my friends began pressing me to get back into Arizona life, and specifically pushed me to date,” says Christina.

The man she would meet on a date in July 2016 was Kevin Davidson.

Though born in Arizona at Luke Air Force Base, Kevin grew up in New Mexico, dreaming of one day becoming a fighter pilot or owning a business of his own.

“Except I was always good at math, so people encouraged me to think about accounting,” says Kevin. “I told myself there was no way I was going to be an accountant.”

After high school Kevin began community college, with an eye to finishing pre-requisites while he figured out his major and university plans. But then, in 1998, his father had a stroke.

“He would eventually require assisted living, and we lost him in 2001,”says Kevin, who worked in retail while caring for his father, notably at Ultimate Electronics.

But when the company went bankrupt in 2005, Kevin knew he needed to find another path.

“I went back to school while working full time, and dang it if I wasn’t still good at math, especially my accounting classes,” says Kevin, who was diagnosed with diabetes while in school.

Kevin would graduate from the University of New Mexico and then moved back to Arizona and got into accounting, just like Christina had said that she never would.

Their shared winding road to their careers bonded them, as did their parents’ illnesses.

“I remember distinctly we talked about it for hours on our third date, which was in August 2016. Two days later, on August 22, we got the news my mom’s cancer had returned, and was terminal,” says Christina.

Rather than go their separate ways, even though they had only been dating a month, Kevin and Christina banded together to care for and love on Bethie, who passed away July 22, 2017, on the same day that the couple met just one year prior. The same summer, Christina and Kevin also endeavored on what became a series of procedures to treat a heart condition found in Kevin. They persevered again and married in 2019.

Knowing what they’ve already conquered actually inspired them to take a very big risk on each other moving forward.

“This career that neither of us planned on doing is truly our passion, so we are taking a chance on ourselves by launching our own accounting business last year,” says Kevin.

The firm – called Davidson CPA – aims to help address the financial health of both individuals and small businesses. And yes, they opened just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I love working with businesses, especially small businesses. We offer financial services that help business owners understand the financial health of their businesses.  Examples include: financial statement preparation, budgeting and cash management, process improvement and implementation and general accounting services” says Kevin, noting they offer comprehensive business management advising.

And then, according to Kevin, they also offer income tax preparation and tax planning for individuals, estates, trusts and businesses.

According to both Davidsons, building a new business amid a global pandemic has its challenges, but it is nothing compared to their most recent collaboration.

“In January, we welcomed our first child, a daughter, Grace Elizabeth Davidson.  She is named after her Twinkie in Heaven.” says a beaming – but exhausted – Christina.

For more, visit www.davidsoncpapllc.com.

Written by: Alison Bailin Batz

Alison Bailin Batz is a freelance writer on interesting people, places, things – as well as all thing travel, food and drink. Her musings can be seen in more than two dozen media outlets across the Southwest. She is also a senior account executive at HMA Public Relations in Phoenix.

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