Q. Describe your most memorable Armanino moment.
My most memorable moment at Armanino was and is more akin to a journey with some distinct highlights rather than a moment. Certainly every promotion from staff to manager was a highlight along the way but none was more memorable than my being promoted to partner.
Q. Make a prediction.
Describe your vision of the business future. My vision of the business future is one that includes a once-little San Leandro firm becoming one of the largest accounting firms, not only in California, but the entire western region of the United States. I see Armanino becoming a Top 25 firm in the nation during my professional career.
Q. Who is/was the most influential person in your career?
I have two, Tom Gard and Andy Armanino. I worked with and learned a lot from Tom at the firm he and I worked with before it merged with Armanino. After we joined Armanino, I had the opportunity to work with both Andy and Tom. Given that Andy is the Managing Partner and the best marketer I have ever seen, and Tom is the partner in charge of Audit and likely the most well-rounded auditor I have worked with, it is difficult to imagine two better mentors. The opportunity to have worked and continue to work with two great partners has provided me with firsthand experiences that are hard to come by. These relationships have been invaluable to my career.
Q. Who is/was the most influential person in your life?
My grandmother. She took me in as a child and gave me something for which I’ll always be indebted to her—opportunity. She always led me to believe that I could achieve great things, and she sacrificed to make sure that I had every opportunity to do so.
Beyond the Boardroom
What do you do to relax when you’re not working?
Hang out with my kids, play softball and basketball, and watch some TV.
I have two - Disneyland with my wife and kids and either Las Vegas or Hawaii with my close friends.
All-time top 5 CDs:
- Def Leppard – Hysteria
- Motley Crue – Decade of Decadence
- Aerosmith – Greatest Hits
- Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet
- Van Halen – 1984
Word that best describes you:
"With hard work, one can achieve great things."
What keeps you up at night?
The well-being and security of my family, and knowing that they depend on me in so many ways. It’s likely to keep me up at night for years to come.
- Weird Science
- Harry Potter Movies
- Wedding Crashers
- Transformers I & II