Dan Jones: Tax Partner


Q and A

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

It always appealed to me that accountants were very much at the helm when it came to running a company. You get to delve into many different aspects of a given business rather than concentrating on a single area. I liked variety then, and still do today.

Q. Describe your most memorable Armanino moment.

My very first day on the job. I was brand new to accounting in the real world and I was helping Steve Love with a client audit. Joe Moore came in and gave us a 30-minute talk, then left for the day and we had to fend for ourselves.

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

Everything repeats itself, it's only a matter of time.

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

I have a younger client who is ambitious and very good at going out and making things happen. He is a deal maker with lots of energy. It's fun to work with people like that.

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

It's a pleasure. We hire good people who are great to work with. It makes you happy to come to work everyday.

Q. Who is/was the most influential person in your career?

My father. He is a steadfast individual who doesn't get too excited or upset. He is always positive, very wise, and very logical. Were it not for his influence, I wouldn't be where I am today.

Beyond the Boardroom

What do you do to relax when you are not working?

Get outdoors, hike, play softball or soccer with kids or go bike riding up Mt. Diablo.

Deserted island wish list:

Top-of-the-line kitchen, unlimited food supply, and TV with satellite dish.

Favorite vacation:

Provence, France, with my wife and daughter, and parents. We rented villas, took bike rides to the surrounding vineyards, and had a grand old time.

What are your hobbies?

Cycling, baseball, going on vacations, cooking, eating, reading.

Most prized possession:

Vacation photo albums that my wife puts together. She always does an exceptional job.

All-time top 5 CDs:

  • Beatles - Revolver
  • Beatles - Abbey Road
  • The Doors - All of them
  • Bob Dylan - Pick one
  • Van Morrison - Greatest Hit

Favorite film(s):

  • Chariots of Fire
  • The Graduate
  • Breaking Away
  • Star Wars (all the originals)
  • Indiana Jones

Words that best describe you:

Happy, positive