Matthew Chavez: Audit Partner


Q and A

Q. What is it about accounting and consulting that first drew your interest?

While in school, accounting came easy for me. I had always liked math and was good at it – that’s why I stayed with it. I also consider myself more of a ‘people person’ than the actual technical-type. I’m able to combine something I enjoy doing, working and helping people solve problems, with my expertise – accounting.

Q. What’s the toughest business decision you’ve ever made?

My toughest business decision was my change in firms. I went from the safety/security of a larger firm to come to an emerging and growing firm; an environment where I thought I would be able to add more value.

Q. Without naming names, tell us about your favorite client and why you enjoyed working with them.

I really enjoy working with clients that are excited and enthusiastic about the future of their company. This is why I have always enjoyed working with start-ups. There is always a team spirit that emanates throughout an organization such as that. It’s the same spirit that drew me to Armanino.

Q. Who is (or was) the most influential person in your life?

The most influential person in my life has been my constant adviser, my dad. More than anything he always taught me, by example, that there wasn’t a shortcut for hard work. If you don’t have time to do it right, you will not have time to do it over. My boys inspire me every day to try to live up to my dad's example. My sister has also taught me that it is okay take risks and enjoy your career.

Q. If you could pass on a nugget of wisdom to aspiring accountants, what would that be?

Know your client. Really take the time to understand their business and industry. Talk with as many people outside the accounting department as you can. The debits and credits should come naturally.


How do you relax when you’re not working?

I run, play basketball and soccer and barbeque. The only thing I haven’t barbequed is a whole pig, but it is on the list. You’ll also find me chasing soccer balls and garbage trucks with my kids.

Favorite vacation:

My family and I have made a tradition of going to the NCAA Final Four, which has brought us to cities across the country we would never have seen otherwise. (Of course it helps that my wife's alma mater has done well over the last few years.) I feel lucky that my entire family is passionate and fired up about these trips.

Quotable quote:

"Never make excuses; your friends won't need them and your foes won't believe them."

All-time top 5 CDs:

  • I Got News – The Lara Price Band (Featuring Laura Chavez)
  • Faces of the Blues – The Lara Price Band (Featuring Laura Chavez)
  • Lara & Laura Unplugged – The Lara Price Band and Laura Chavez
  • Blues Guitar Women – Ruf Records
  • Blues Caravan 2008 – Guitars & Feathers

Favorite Films:

Star Wars Series