Gary Pitchford: Tax Partner


Q and A

Q. What can others at Amanino McKenna learn from you?

We should never take our clients for granted; we should strive to stay more involved with them throughout the year, not just during tax season. They’re our friends and colleagues, not just our clients.

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

I don’t feel that tax laws will ever be simplified, as you can’t have a simple and fair tax system in a complex society. In the future, I feel that smaller firms will eventually dissolve or disappear due to the increasing complexity in the tax and accounting areas.

Q. What is the toughest business decision you have ever made?

The toughest business decision that I’ve ever made was deciding to merge my business with Armanino. This decision was also one of the easiest because I believe it was the best for my clients, my staff and myself in the long run.

Q. Describe your work style.

Persistent, diligent and organized.

Q. Who is (or was) the most influential person in your business?

My father, who was also a CPA, influenced me the most. He taught me a lot about this business, and to always think outside the box.

Q. If you could pass on a nugget of wisdom to aspiring accountants, what would that be?

The first few years of your career can be tedious, difficult and underpaid. As you get more experienced, the occupation can be personally satisfying and financially rewarding as you become more knowledgeable and in a better position to help your clients.

Beyond the Boardroom

Desert island wish list:

My wife, plenty of Bombay gin and cigars, a satellite TV and a golf driving range.

Favorite vacation:

My wife and three other couples stayed in a villa in Positano, Italy.

What are your hobbies?

Golf, working out, watching sports and hanging out with friends.

Favorite Films:

  • Great Escape
  • The Sting
  • The Game

One word that best describes you: