Q. What's the toughest business decision that you've ever made?
Deciding not to take on a substantial client. While the financial opportunities would have been very beneficial to the company, the client didn't really fit our business model and would have overburdened the staff.
Q. What accounting law or regulation would you like to see changed?
Accounting for stock options, it's too complicated.
Q. Tell us about one of your favorite clients and why you enjoy working with them.
One of them is a client with whom we've developed a relationship over an extended period, because they were also working in parallel with other service providers. Over time we increased their confidence in our abilities and, today, they turn to us for all their business decisions. At the same time, we've built a personal and family relationship with the client.
Q. Describe your work style.
Hands-on, involved. I like to work with people and have fun working.
Q. Who is/was the most influential person in your life?
My father. He was a farmer and worked very hard to succeed. Family always came first. He was very driven. He grew apricots, prunes and walnuts right here in San Jose.
Q. What nugget of wisdom would you offer aspiring accountants?
Excel in client service. And know that, while the client isn't always right, you're still on their side. Sometimes that's not so easy to accomplish.
Beyond the Boardroom
Deserted island wish list:
My wife, a barbeque, suntan lotion, my Treo and our dog Bobo.
"Change or die."
What are your hobbies?
House and garden projects, running, music and hanging out with friends
All-time top CDs:
- Def Leopard – Pyromania
- AC/DC – Back in Black
- Eagles - The Long Run
- Star Wars
- Caddy Shack