A Family Affair
Three generations, one business school
Sisters Brittnay and Danica Davis were destined to be Vandals. After all, when you grow up with parents, grandparents and uncles who all proudly claim the University of Idaho as their alma mater, your path — quite naturally — tends to point in one direction.
"I’ve bled black and gold all of my life,” Brittnay said.
Born and raised just minutes from the U of I campus in Moscow, Brittnay and Danica spent their childhood weekends cheering on the Vandals at football and basketball games. They went to homecoming, attended alumni and fundraising events, and joined their parents — Jackson Davis ’88 and Mindy (Cox) Davis ’93 — on walks down memory lane around campus.
When it was time to choose her own university, each sister briefly considered other options, but U of I easily came out on top, thanks in part to the College of Business and Economics (CBE).
“I had heard and seen all of these wonderful things about the business school,” Brittnay said. “I’ve had many family and friends who had gone through the program, and they all got jobs right off the bat, and they are excelling at what they do.”
Brittnay and Danica followed their parents’ footsteps right into the CBE, becoming the family’s third generation of accounting majors. Brittnay is a junior and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. Danica is a freshman and a Graue Scholar.
The sisters’ dad, Jackson, is a CPA and partner of accounting firm Presnell Gage in Moscow. Mom, Mindy, runs a bookkeeping business from the family home. Their grandfather (Mindy’s dad), Steve Cox ’70 ’73, a partner of Cox Wagner in Lewiston, earned his accounting degree before going on to U of I law school. The sisters’ two uncles (Mindy’s brothers) also used accounting degrees from the CBE to launch successful business careers. Kevin Cox ’95 is director of tax for Clifton Larson Allen in Spokane and a member of the U of I accounting advisory board. Brian Cox ’96 is COO for Tamarack Aerospace Group in Sandpoint.
“Both girls could have done whatever they wanted to do,” said their mom, Mindy. “They made their own choice, but of course, I did the happy dance when they chose to be Vandals.”
“Genetics are key…we all think very similarly,” said Brittnay as she explained the family’s shared interest in the accounting field. “As I was growing up, I got to see how my family used their accounting degrees…where they are, how they work, and what they do…and that was all very influential in what I wanted to do in my career.”
Mindy said she “wouldn’t be surprised” if her youngest daughter, Shelby, a seventh-grader at Moscow Middle School, continued the family’s Vandal tradition. As far as Mindy is concerned, there’s no better choice.
“If you’re looking for a business degree, the U of I offers so many opportunities,” she said. “You can’t go wrong.”