156 episodes

Welcome to the Thrivecast, a show about accounting leadership and growth that’s now two decades in the making! Our host, Jason Blumer, CPA, interviews the best accounting minds on the planet, bringing you engaging accounting entrepreneurial lessons and principles designed to help you grow just by listening. So, jump right into our ocean of info—the water’s warm!

Thrivecast: A Podcast for Accountants Thriveal CPA Network

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Welcome to the Thrivecast, a show about accounting leadership and growth that’s now two decades in the making! Our host, Jason Blumer, CPA, interviews the best accounting minds on the planet, bringing you engaging accounting entrepreneurial lessons and principles designed to help you grow just by listening. So, jump right into our ocean of info—the water’s warm!

    Episode #156: Changing Perception in Accounting with Calvin Harris

    Episode #156: Changing Perception in Accounting with Calvin Harris

    Welcome to another Thrivecast episode, where Jason and Calvin Harris dive deep into the evolving landscape of the accounting profession. They tackle the intricate rules and regulations that impact the mobility of CPAs across states, emphasizing the crucial role of state CPA societies in advocating for the profession and protecting public trust.

    Calvin Harris, the CEO of the New York State Society of CPAs, recounts pivotal moments in his career, including his unexpected ascent to leadership roles and his passion-driven journey.

    Jason and Calvin will also explore pressing issues like the 150-hour rule, private equity's role in modernizing firms, and the need to reshape the perception of the accounting profession starting as early as middle school. We’ll discuss the importance of mentoring, the non-linear career paths enabled by technology, and the future of accounting amid a changing professional landscape.

    Join us as we unravel these themes and more in a dynamic conversation that promises to provide valuable insights for professionals at every stage of their careers.

    • 48 min
    Episode #155: Building Corporate Models for Firm Growth with Jeremy Clopton

    Episode #155: Building Corporate Models for Firm Growth with Jeremy Clopton

    Welcome to another episode of Thrivecast. Today, we’re diving deep into the transformative journey firms undergo when moving from traditional consensus-based models to streamlined business-oriented models. Jason’s thrilled to have Jeremy Clopton, managing director of Upstream Academy, joining us to share his experiences and the complexities this transition entails.

    They’ll explore how embracing a corporate structure can offer partners more entrepreneurial freedom and enhance firm efficiency by clearly separating governance from operations. This separation is crucial for enabling firms to operate more like businesses and less like old-school partnerships, which can often hinder growth.

    Jason and Jeremy will also tackle private equity in professional services. With views ranging from seeing it as a potential exit strategy to leveraging it for growth, they unpack the varied perspectives and experiences surrounding this controversial subject.

    Their discussion aims to shed light on how shifting mindsets, embracing new roles, and implementing structured leadership can pave the way for a more successful future. Stay tuned as they break down these complex issues and offer insights into making the transition smoother and more effective for everyone involved.

    • 45 min
    Episode #154: Reinventing the CPA Pathway with Tom Hood

    Episode #154: Reinventing the CPA Pathway with Tom Hood

    Welcome back to Thrivecast, where we dive deep into the mechanics of running a firm and the trends shaping the professional landscape. In today's episode, we're excited to have Tom Hood, EVP of the AICPA and Business Learning Institute, join us to unravel the complexities surrounding the CPA profession.

    We tackle the hotly debated 150-hour rule for CPA exam eligibility and discuss its ten-year journey to legislative reality. As we navigate the impacts of this requirement on professional mobility and the talent pipeline, Tom sheds light on the formation of the National Pipeline Advisory Group (NPEG) by the AICPA, aiming to align the accounting world amidst varying state regulations.

    Our discussion leads into concerns over the profession’s outlook, from legislative challenges affecting mobility to the potential risks of an anti-licensing movement. But it's not all hurdles and high jumps; the silver lining reveals itself as we dissect the necessity for CPAs to find balance – charging fair prices, avoiding burnout, and staying ahead of technology, including AI, to thrive in their roles.

    Tom reminds us of the importance of asserting value and provides insights on maintaining professional standards while nurturing work-life harmony. His insight will leave you pondering on the vision of a profession empowered by AI, a discipline that continues to demand the brightest minds to innovate and evolve.

    So, tune in, as we reflect on these pressing issues, explore the necessary legislative landscapes, and ultimately, chart a course for a hopeful future in accounting.


    Talent Pipeline & Survey – National Pipeline Advisory Group https://www.accountingpipeline.org/participate/

    Future of Finance – Forbes article – fits CAS Practices CFO Ongoing Evolution: From “CF-No” To “CF-Know” https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesfinancecouncil/2023/08/23/cfo-ongoing-evolution-from-cf-no-to-cf-know/?sh=57ddf2aa2acc

    • 40 min
    Episode #153: From Side Hustle to Success with Seth David

    Episode #153: From Side Hustle to Success with Seth David

    Welcome back to the Thrivecast, where we dive into the heart of what makes firms thrive. In today's episode, we're honored to host Seth David, the founder and chief nerd at Nerd Enterprises, who's here to share his unique and inspirational journey with us. Seth takes us from his former life on Wall Street to 25 years of sobriety and entrepreneurship in sunny California.

    This episode also spotlights the evolution of Nerd Enterprises from a side hustle to a sought-after firm and how Seth's genuine and helpful content carved out a niche on YouTube. We'll touch upon the future of accounting, the integration of AI and advisory services, and the radical transformations within the industry.

    Seth talks about the art of making banking fun and how his passion led him to challenge the norms within the accounting industry. We'll dissect the concept of impact over numbers as we discuss the growth of Seth's YouTube channel, breaking down why influence is more significant than subscriber count while exploring Seth's discomfort with being labeled as an ""influencer.""

    Join us as we dive into Seth's innovative use of AI in his business practices, where his AI assistant, Sandy, is revolutionizing the way he works. We'll hear why Seth believes in nurturing community, selflessness, and the importance of ""esteemable acts"" in both recovery and business success.

    • 49 min
    Episode #152: Education, Technology, and the CPA Path with Dr Josh McGowan, CPA

    Episode #152: Education, Technology, and the CPA Path with Dr Josh McGowan, CPA

    Our special guest, Dr. Josh McGowan from Troy University, brings his wealth of knowledge as a university professor with a robust background in public accounting, teaching, and serving as a CFO. He offers insights into the professorial life and the importance of incorporating modern technology like AI into the classroom. Also, we'll glimpse into the high flex classes at Troy University, designed to adapt to various student needs.

    Our host, Jason Blumer, also emphasizes the critical role of mentorship and real-world experience in shaping future accountants. Meanwhile, firms are grappling with increasing salaries to combat a talent shortage and adjusting their operations to reflect the true value of their services.

    Their discussion will not just revolve around the figures; they’ll also tackle recent changes to the CPA exam structure, the implications of these changes for students, and career trajectories. There's a buzz about whether the 150-hour rule is serving its purpose, amidst concerns of a shrinking pool of accounting major graduates.

    Stay tuned, as Jason and Josh unpack these topics and much more, breaking down everything you need to know to understand the evolving landscape of the accounting profession.

    • 52 min
    Episode #151: Dark Horse’s Revolutionary Model for CPAs and Clients with Chase Birky

    Episode #151: Dark Horse’s Revolutionary Model for CPAs and Clients with Chase Birky

    Venture into the accounting realm with none other than Chase Birky, founder of Dark Horse CPAs— a firm that's galloping ahead of the competition by empowering small businesses and accounting professionals alike.

    With an innovative platform designed to incorporate outsourced teams and private wealth management, Dark Horse is redefining value for CPAs and clients.

    Explore the personal entrepreneurial journey, highlighting the balance between commitment to business and personal life, as well as the emotional toll that comes with the territory of being a business owner. Chase opens up about his transition from big four accounting to the helm of Dark Horse and the innovations that keep them unique amid private equity's watchful eye.

    The journey doesn't stop there. Learn how Dark Horse stands out by offering CPAs growth, equity, and incentives— a cocktail of opportunities rivalling what some might expect from a private equity model, yet still personifying a touch of entrepreneurial freedom and support. And of course, we'll touch upon the crucial support networks required in such a demanding field, underscoring the importance of community, family, and technological tools like Bill, our exclusively featured sponsor, that glue businesses together.

    So, whether you're a CPA looking to leap onto a new saddle or simply keen on the foresight that's driving modern firms forward, grab your headphones, and let's embark on a journey into the evolving world of accounting with Chase Birky and Jason Blumer as your guides.

    • 58 min

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