John Brychel: Tax Partner


Q and A

Q. What fundamental business lessons have you learned from your experience as an accountant?

Being proactive and relating with your clients is key to business success. Have open communication year-round, not only during tax season or while doing their tax return.

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

At one point I left AM to go into private industry. Leaving was the toughest decision but I eventually came back—it was a very short interval. It really brought home the adage, you never know what you got until it’s gone.

Q. If you could go back in time and change some aspect of your life, what would it be?

My father passed away when I was very young, so if I could go back in time I would like to spend some time with him and just talk. Talk about what life is all about, where we were and where we are now and everything that has happened in between.

Q. What’s your proudest moment?

Professionally—when it was announced I made partner. Non-professionally—birth of my daughters.

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

Joe Moore, former managing partner, and Brad Cless, head of tax department. I’ve learned a lot from them over the years and they have been very instrumental in shaping me professionally. They are great mentors.

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

My family in general, and my mom in particular. As a single mom, she made sacrifices for our family and helped me get where I am today. My wife is a huge supporter of mine and I would not be where I am today without her.

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

You have the chance to be in control of your own destiny; take advantage of that.

Beyond the Boardroom

What do you do to relax?

Watch sports, listen to music, exercise/work out and spend time with family.

Desert island wish list:

Family, a good book and a nice hammock.

Favorite vacation:

Hawaii - Maui.

Quotable quote:

“If you have no confidence in yourself you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence you have won even before you have started.”

What are you reading right now?

A lot of Dr. Seuss with my two-year-old daughter. The War Within, by Bob Woodward. Various works by John Grisham and David Baldacci.

Favorite Films:

  • Hoosiers
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • Old School

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