When the THRIVEal network began, my first reaction was, "This sounds like fun!" And "fun" is not a term often associated with the accounting profession, so I was intrigued. Founded by Jason Blumer of Blumer & Associates in Greenville, SC, THRIVEal embraces a concept that some might consider revolutionary and many might consider unpopular.
The idea, according to Blumer, is that the accounting profession is broken. It is a profession that doesn't welcome creativity and innovation. Blumer is out to prove that the next generation of accountants can change that image, and this week's THRIVEal Firm of the Future Symposium in South Carolina will offer options to help accountants who are looking for a way to break from the mold.
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.