Tom Mescall: Partner-In-Charge, Consulting Partner


Q and A

Q. Describe your most memorable Armanino moment.

My first management offsite meeting; it was awesome just getting to know the quality of the people who work here, very impressive.

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

The business world is going to become more complicated. Companies will need to constantly review, adjust, and remain focused on their core business. Information Technology is becoming a bigger and bigger part of a company's competitive advantage. The companies that will succeed going forward will be those that focus on their core business but continue to embrace the latest technological advancements.

The global economy and the Internet are changing the way businesses operate almost daily. Companies are being challenged to embrace this new world marketplace, yet compete effectively within it. Working smarter is becoming an increasingly complicated endeavor.

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

My favorite clients are those that we help get to the next level in the business world, whether they are expanding operations or expanding top-line revenue. These clients have recognized that growth comes from a solid strategy, executing and utilizing technology in more and better ways than they have in the past.

Q. Describe your work style?

Very fast-paced, with to-do lists and action plans. We also try and bring clarity to everything we do by setting goals and managing them accordingly.

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

In addition to accounting, strive to understand other aspects of a business, such as operations. Understanding a company from a business perspective will make you a better accountant and add to an already great career choice.

Beyond the Boardroom

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

Spend time with my family and go bike riding on Mt Diablo.

Deserted island wish list:

My family, a surfboard, a nice place to stay.

Favorite vacation:

July trips to the Canadian Rockies surrounding Banff, Alberta.

Quotable quote:

"Do it, delete it, or delegate it."


Most prized possession:

Health and happiness, and my father's 1962 Rolex gold watch.

All-time top CDs:

  • U2 – War
  • Dave Matthews – Crash
  • Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin
  • Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II
  • Pink Floyd – The Wall
  • And anything Bruce Springsteen

What books are you currently reading?

  • Robert Ludlum
  • The Bourne Legacy by Eric Van Lustbader
  • The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw
  • State of the Union by Brad Thor

Favorite films:

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • The Matrix
  • Scent of a Woman

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