Malcolm Ellerbe: Tax Partner


Q and A

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

My Junior High School aptitude test scores indicated that I was a good fit for all things accounting.

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

Embrace change.

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

My favorite type of client has a definite need that Armanino is able to serve, and recognizes that we can fill that void.

Q. Describe your work style?
Attention to detail.

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

My family, each in their own way. It’s all about family. If you’re held to a higher standard by those close to you, you’ll likely achieve it.

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

Two things: Make your grades and strive to communicate effectively.

Beyond the Boardroom

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

I cook, especially Louisiana-style foods, like jambalaya.

Favorite vacation:

Where the beaches are white sand and the water’s warm, like Destin, Florida.

Most prized possession:

My health.

Favorite film(s):
Planes, Trains and Automobiles

  • Groundhog Day
  • Fight Club
  • Scarface
  • The Outlaw
  • Josey Wales (all-time favorite)

Word that best describes you:


Quotable quote:

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

All-time top 5 CDs:

  • Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
  • UFO – Strangers in the Night
  • AC/DC – Highway to Hell
  • Def Leppard – Hysteria
  • Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous