Q. What's the toughest business decision that you've ever made?
Leaving the apparent stability of working for a Big Six accounting firm to join AMLLP which, at that time, was a local, 40-person firm. Since then, one Big Six member is gone and others have undergone mergers. In contrast, AMLLP has grown 500%. It just goes to show that in a dynamic economy, what may appear to be the safe path or the risky path is not necessarily so.
Q. What accounting law or regulation would you like to see changed?
I'd do away with employee income tax withholdings and make everyone pay their own taxes quarterly, so they would really see how much they're actually paying to the government.
Q. What's it like working for a company that's been around for so long?
All of my clients can finally pronounce the name "Armanino."
Q. Who is/was the most influential person in your life?
My dad. He was honest, humble, and kind. He always did the right thing and spent time with his family; he never put making money ahead of family.
Beyond the Boardroom
Deserted island wish list:
Boat, fishing tackle, FASBs, a stack of great books, iPod, and a generator to re-charge it.
A surprise trip to Disneyland with the kids. Every couple of years we wake them up at the crack of dawn and just go.
"I know in my heart that man is good.That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life."- Ronald Reagan
Most prized possession:
My late brother's guitar.
All-time top 5 CDs:
- The Beatles – Abbey Road
- Madeleine Peyroux – Careless Love
- Jack Johnson – On and On
- Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder – Bluegrass Rules!
- Keb' Mo' – Keep It Simple
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