Matthew Perreault: Audit Partner


Q and A

Q. What can we learn from the past in our profession?

Quality is better than size. Misperception that the Big Four firms have greater quality control measures in place. People are more important than process.

Q. What accounting law or regulation would you like to see changed?

Sarbanes–Oxley, to provide relief to mid-cap companies.

Q. Tell us about one of your favorite clients and why you enjoy working with them?

I have quite a few favorite clients. They share the same characteristics— they're cooperative, fun, and understand the value that we provide.

Q. If you could go back and change any aspect of your life, which would it be?

I would have practiced public speaking at an earlier age.

Q. What nugget of wisdom would you offer aspiring accountants?

If you're in a constrained environment, take a chance, move on. Find an employer whose view of you is as limitless as your own.

Beyond the Boardroom

What do you do to relax when you're not working?

Bike riding (mountain biking, road biking, you name it), tennis, weightlifting and wakeboarding are my stress relievers.  Anything outdoors and active.

Deserted island wish list:

Sunglasses, family, dental floss, HDTV with satellite dish, and suntan lotion.

Favorite vacation:

Duck, North Carolina in the summer.  Amazing house, weather and beach.  There were 9 adults, 10 kids.  We spent the better part of 6 hours every day playing in the surf, building sandcastles, paddleball, and catching sand crabs.  Reminded me of my childhood summers on cape cod.

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