David Davis: Consulting Partner

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Q and A

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

What intrigued me most was the theory behind the accounting for complex transactions. Basic debits and credits are important but analyzing complex business transactions is what challenges me.

Q. What’s the most dramatic change that you’ve seen in our industry?

Sarbanes-Oxley, definitely. The emphasis on controls and testing those controls wasn’t something that companies put a high priority on before the legislation was passed.

Q. What is the toughest decision that you’ve ever made?

It was my first job relocation while working in the corporate world. The company was only moving from New Jersey to New York, but we were moving away from our parents when our kids were young—that was a tough decision for us. Relocating to California from New York, now that was an easy decision.

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

One of my favorite clients has two distinct business operations in different industries, and it’s a challenge to understand how it all fits together. What is most satisfying is that they really value us as a service provider.

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

The U.S. economy is going to continue to be challenged by some of the lower labor cost countries, such as China. Because of this the U.S. is going to have to become more productive and creative to compete in the future.

Beyond the Boardroom

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

Bicycling and bike mechanics, reading, and spending time with my family.

Favorite vacation:

Camping in Big Sur

Favorite Book(s):

  • Sci-fi – J.R.R. Tolkien series, Lord of the Rings
  • Action-adventure – Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum
  • Nonfiction, business-related books

Word that best describes you:

Dedicated

Favorite film(s):

Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Favorite CD:

  • Jackson Browne (like it all)
  • Bruce Springsteen (pick one)