In this interview recorded in May 2019 in New Orleans, Blake and David chat with Clint Bowers, CPA and founder of Smart Business Concepts in Dallas, Texas. Before starting his own firm, Clint was a Vice President and Corporate Controller at Borden Dairy Company. Now he uses that experience to provide business owners more visibility, control and understanding of their books.
David and Blake catch up with Kenji Kuramoto, at the 2019 Accounting Salon in New Orleans. Kenji shares how his Atlanta-based firm Acuity is taking the reverse trajectory of many firms when it comes to services, getting into bookkeeping and then tax after being solely advisory for many years. Acuity is unique in other ways, too. The firm employs direct sales methods more similar to those of a B2B software startup than a CPA firm. You'll also learn why Acuity doesn't call their bookkeepers "bookkeepers," and lessons Kenji has learned along the way as Acuity builds out its CAS tech stack.
Blake and David chat about three things this week: 1) A 15-year-old is the new Microsoft Excel world champion, 2) How businesses are failing to help employees keep up-to-date with their digital skills, and 3) the risk of performing Client Accounting Services (CAS) (AKA outsourced accounting) in public accounting firms that aren't equipped to manage client expectations when it comes to the scope of services offered.
Tom Gabbert joins the podcast to talk about the "m" in mAccounting (it stands for "mobile"), why he's looking to hire "people people" (not just number crunchers), his efforts to "turn accounting from a necessary evil to a strategic advantage," the benefits of his firm's shift to cloud accounting, where the profession is heading, the emergence of outsourced accounting services, what needs to change in accounting education, how Tom is creating the firm and life he wants, and more.
In this episode of the Cloud Accounting Podcast, I'm joined by Jody Padar, CEO and Principal of the New Vision CPA Group, a public accounting firm based in the Chicago area. Jody is the author of "The Radical CPA," and has just published a follow-up called "From Success to Significance: The Radical CPA Guide."