Accountants Just Want to Have Fun... on the Subway and Streets of New York
Innovative CPA firm WithumSmith+Brown isn't resting on its laurels. After creating what might be the world's first entertaining music video about accountants last year to the tune of Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling," the firm has chosen to kick off tax season with its 2012 State of the Firm Flash Mob video demonstrating that this looks like the most fun place to work in the profession. Managing Partner and CEO Bill Hagaman seems to be the aberration: an accountant without inhibitions. The firm uses its videos to help with recruiting efforts, but the impact goes way beyond new-hires. Certainly clients must be proud to be associated with a firm that works together so well.
Perry is a CPA and a former senior tax accountant with Big Four firm Deloitte. She maintains a small tax practice, she is a personal finance instructor, and the author of thirty books, including Surviving Financial Downsizing: A Practical Guide to Living Well on Less Income (Adams Media); QuickBooks on Demand (Que); Excel 2007 Macros Made Easy (McGraw Hill); The Complete Idiot's Guide to Doing Your Income Taxes (Alpha/MacMillan); and, most recently, Mint.com for Dummies (John Wiley & Sons). In addition, she is a former columnist for the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis News daily newspapers.
Perry is a nationally recognized speaker who advises public accountants on using Internet tools to improve their accounting practices. She also taught a college-level introductory accounting class and was on staff at the Indiana CPA Society as a computer applications instructor. For five years, she was a contributing editor for Accounting Today magazine before taking over the helm at AccountingWEB.
Perry is a graduate of Indiana University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She returned to school to study accounting at Illinois State University, passed the CPA exam (in one sitting!), and worked for Deloitte in the Chicago tax department.
Gail has been named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Accounting by CPA Practice Advisor magazine and the American Society of Women Accountants.