Thomas E. Gard, Audit Partner


Q and A

Q. Describe your most memorable Armanino moment.

Seeing the recent and tremendous growth within our company, especially in the Audit Department, and the addition of public companies with multi-location issues; it's really exciting.

Q. Make a prediction. Describe your vision of the business future.

Armanino will continue to grow and diversify. Our recent increase in IT and risk management services, as well as the addition of public companies, has positioned us to become a formidable force within the accounting industry throughout the Western US.

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

One of my favorites is someone about my age that I've known for a long time. He's an intelligent businessman, runs a family-owned business that's quite successful, loves to laugh, and is genuinely fun to be around.

Q. What's it like working for a company that's been around for so long?

It's great knowing that we've been around for 50 years. But because the firm has reshaped itself so much over the past 20 years, it's actually like working for a much younger company.

Q. What's your proudest achievement?

The birth of my first child. But it's also a proud moment when your team wins a Diocese (regional) championship.

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

Work hard, but try to have fun. Maintain an even pace, and don't let it all stress you out. When you start out in any business, you're going to make some mistakes. Learn from them and move on.

Beyond the Boardroom

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

Bicycling, mountain bikes and road bikes, and playing basketball—I've coached all my sons' basketball teams leading up to high school.

Deserted island wish list:

Let it be somewhere in the Caribbean, with ice-cold Coronas and plenty of limes.

Favorite vacation:

We've done a lot of travel lately – the Caribbean, Greece, Europe. It's hard to pick a favorite, but right now St. Martin in the Caribbean is at the top of my list.

Quotable quote:

"The only thing to fear is fear itself."

What are your hobbies?

Basketball, bike riding, working out, traveling.

Most prized possession:

My wife and kids.

Favorite films:
  • The Godfather
  • Star Wars
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Field of Dreams
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