I’ve always viewed CPAs as the unsung heroes in a rapidly changing marketplace. Whether serving external clients or inside an organization as CFO or Controller, the CPA is vital to grow businesses, create extraordinary value and make the world a better place.
My decision to become a CPA dates back to my sophomore year in college. That decision came as a result of conversations in my accounting professor’s office after class. That professor, Scott Wallace, helped me see how vital accounting is to successful organizations.
I joined Scott’s firm after graduation and later we formed Wallace, Lokhorst & Company. It was a great 18-year run, giving me a strong appreciation for the accounting profession and passion for serving fellow CPAs. During those years, I served as a volunteer for our state CPA society and taught continuing professional education across the country.
We sold the practice in 2001 and I joined a fast-growing, entrepreneurial nonprofit as Chief Financial Officer. Six years later we moved to California to pursue my wife’s dream of camp ministry, starting at one of the largest youth camps in the world.
Fast forward to today. After 30-plus years of experience, one recurring theme stands out: the most successful organizations are the ones that best attract, retain, develop, and leverage top talent. And these experiences uniquely position me to partner with CPAs, CFOs, and other leaders to maximize their talent and build high-performance teams.
Let’s talk about ways we can work together to maximize the talent in your organization.