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Life In Accounting, the Where Accountants Go podcast. The career podcast for Accountants, by Accountants!

Whether you work in industry, public accounting, are considering becoming an accounting professor, or have aspirations to start your own business, Life In Accounting will enlighten you on all the possibilities as our successful accounting guests share their stories of how their career has developed. Please visit our homepage as well at www.WhereAccountantsGo.com. Welcome to the community!

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Life In Accounting, the Where Accountants Go podcast. The career podcast for Accountants, by Accountants!

Whether you work in industry, public accounting, are considering becoming an accounting professor, or have aspirations to start your own business, Life In Accounting will enlighten you on all the possibilities as our successful accounting guests share their stories of how their career has developed. Please visit our homepage as well at www.WhereAccountantsGo.com. Welcome to the community!

    164: Ryan Lazanis, Founder of Future Firm

    164: Ryan Lazanis, Founder of Future Firm

    Ryan Lazanis, the Founder of Future Firm Inc. in Canada, joined us for this episode of Life In Accounting, the Where Accountants Go podcast.



    Ryan’s career journey started as many do.  His father was a strong influence in his life, and being an entrepreneur himself, he caused Ryan to naturally have an interest in business and accounting.  However, after a few years in the accounting world, Ryan realized that he enjoyed the accounting business, but not necessarily how other firms performed the work.  It was at that point that he decided to form his own firm built on the idea that accounting could be done 100% in the cloud.



    That would be quite enough for an interesting story, but Ryan’s journey didn’t end there.  Yes, he formed and built an accounting firm that was 100% cloud-based called Xen Accounting, but then he was fortunate enough to be approached many times about selling the practice.  Eventually he sold to another entity in 2018 that had similar values regarding maintaining their cloud-focused structure.



    Ryan now owns and runs Future Firm, a Canadian-based company focused on making life better for accountants at other firms by guiding them down the path of becoming cloud-based.



    If you operate an accounting practice, otherwise work in public accounting, or are considering moving into that space, you will find loads of value in this episode.



    For more information on Ryan Lazanis and Future Firm, visit www.futurefirm.co



    Other episodes you will enjoy include:   Joseph Rugger and Jay Kimelman



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    • 38 min
    163: Even a Nerd Can Be Heard – An Interview with Geni Whitehouse

    163: Even a Nerd Can Be Heard – An Interview with Geni Whitehouse

    Geni Whitehouse, CPA, small business consultant, author, keynote speaker, and really a comedian (!), joined us for this episode of Life In Accounting, the Where Accountants Go podcast.



    You are really going to find happiness in this episode.  We start by talking about Geni’s early career as a tax accountant, and even during that part of the interview you can hear the joy in her voice.  We quickly moved into how her career transitioned into the software training and sales business, and then eventually into keynote speaking, training, and small business consulting.



    After you listen to this podcast, make sure you check out Geni’s website as well for her TEDx talk video, and a link to her book – “How To Make a Boring Subject Interesting:  52 Ways Even A Nerd Can Be Heard”.  I think you will find loads of value in her own resources, as well as the podcast interview of course.



    Other episodes you may enjoy:  Byron Patrick and Amanda Aguillard.



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    • 48 min
    162: Wayne Richard, Partner & COO at Bean Ninjas

    162: Wayne Richard, Partner & COO at Bean Ninjas

    Wayne Richard, the Chief Operating Officer and a Partner at Bean Ninjas, joined us for this episode of Life In Accounting, the Where Accountants Go podcast.



    In this episode, Wayne shares how his career started with major corporations in industry such as IBM and HP. He spent many years “climbing the corporate ladder” with Hewlett Packard, until an unfortunate turn of events caused a downsizing and restructuring in his department. However, it ended up not being as unfortunate as many would expect. It was exactly this catalyst that launched him full-time into the world he loves: working with small businesses.



    Wayne now serves as a Partner and the COO of Bean Ninjas, the company he merged his prior business into, and he fully enjoys his career. If you are curious about the business model of working with remote clients, or even looking for that type of accounting service yourself, make sure you listen to this episode. Wayne is a very humble individual, but you can tell that he is definitely passionate about their services and the flexibility the business model gives him. With 5 kids, flexibility is vital!



    Other episodes you may enjoy will include: Joseph Rugger and Matt Malcolm



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    • 45 min
    161: An Interview with David Cieslak CPA, aka Inspector Gadget!

    161: An Interview with David Cieslak CPA, aka Inspector Gadget!

    David Cieslak, a CPA and frequent presenter on technology in the accounting world, joined us for this episode of Life In Accounting, the Where Accountants Go podcast.



    In this interview, we start with David’s early career as a staff accountant with Price Waterhouse, and then move into how he ventured into a partnership with previous colleagues and built an accounting practice.  Along the way as they built that practice, he realized that his true interest was in how technology could help companies run more efficiently, so they further developed that aspect of their offerings.  Fast forward 20+ years, and through a couple mergers David now serves as the Chief Cloud Officer for RKL eSolutions, a larger company that they merged with a few years ago.  In addition, for years he has been a speaker on various technology topics and very deservedly earned the nickname “Inspector Gadget”!



    You will thoroughly enjoy this story if you…



    Have an interest in how your accounting background can fast track you into a career involving the latest business technologies, or

    Have thought about how you could build your own company doing what you most enjoy.



    David was very open and generous with his insights in this episode.  I’m sure you will enjoy it.



    Other podcasts that may interest you will include:  Kurt Rathmann and Stephen King.



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    • 41 min
    160: From CPA to Mediator and Conflict Strategist – Dana Garnett

    160: From CPA to Mediator and Conflict Strategist – Dana Garnett

    Dana Garnett, CPA turned mediator, speaker, and conflict strategist, joined us for this episode of Life In Accounting, the Where Accountants Go podcast.



    Listen in as Dana shares her career journey with us…



    Starting from a solid foundation with one of the major accounting firms,

    To 12 years with the multi-national Coca-Cola Company,

    Through her many roles with Coca-Cola, including several overseas,

    To taking an “early—out” package and eventually transitioning into her business now, The Mindful Strategy, a mediation and conflict resolution service



    If you have ever considered what opportunities may arise from a career with a global organization, or conversely are interested in how your accounting background can have benefit in other small business areas, this episode is for you.



    Other episodes that will interest you include:  Shanikwa Davis and Sandy Smith Leyva



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    • 44 min
    159: Bringing Leadership Back – An Interview with Bridget Kaigler

    159: Bringing Leadership Back – An Interview with Bridget Kaigler

    Bridget Kaigler, an accomplished state & local tax expert in the Louisiana area that is also making a difference in the area of helping emerging leaders grow, joined us for this episode of Life In Accounting, the Where Accountants Go podcast.



    In this interview, we cover how Bridget’s career journey…



    Started later than you may expect as she was a “non-traditional student”, needed to work to support herself early in life,

    To how she turned to accounting as a way to provide a better life for her young son and herself,

    To her entry into the SALT (state and local tax) field happened by accident, but was a blessing as well,

    Up through her creation of Bringing Leadership Back LLC, an entity she formed to help aspiring leaders grow their leadership skills



    This is a truly inspiring story, and I hope you take the time to listen to the whole interview.  Bridget worked hard to get where she is, with the help of a few friends of course.  But now she is working hard to help others grow as well.  You may even want to listen twice!  😊



    Other episodes you may enjoy on similar topics will include:  Shanikwa Davis and Amanda Aguillard



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    • 43 min

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