As founder and CEO of TaxOps, Brian leads an award-winning, rapidly growing tax specialty firm. He is also the principal of FirmGrowth.com, providing content, education and consulting in support of sustainable growth for accounting professionals and firms, and manages TaxOps Investments, meeting tax needs of promising early stage companies. A promoter of entrepreneurship in the accounting industry, Brian has worked with, biked with, trained with, and consulted with some of the top entrepreneurs in North America. He is recognized by Accounting Today’s 2013 Managing Partner Elite as a top firm leader in the nation and is the recipient of the Denver Business Journal’s PowerBook award as a key influencer in accounting and finance. Brian will be profiled in the upcoming book, The SevenKeys to Successful CPA Firm Management, which identifies best practices and characteristics of competitively successful firms.
In addition to business development and practice management expertise, Brian has specific skills in strategic planning, growth strategies, entrepreneur and leadership coaching, partner compensation and pricing strategies. He is dedicated to changing the professional services model in the accounting industry through fixed-fee pricing, which offers the best solutions for clients, partners and employees. He opposes the status quo of the industry around the use of time sheets and is passionate about achieving best results. He frequently speaks, writes and consults on the business issues accountants face, and enjoys helping others find their niche where they can meet or exceed personal and professional expectations in the industry. For two decades, he has been focused on recruiting and team development in his leadership roles with Ernst & Young and TaxOps, and has acquired an eye for talents and soft skills leading to higher levels of success in the business.
He began his accounting career in New York with Ernst and Whinney, the predecessor to Ernst and Young, where he focused on privately held clients in the entrepreneurial services industry group. Brian moved to Colorado in 1995 to take on the role of director of tax compliance for Ernst & Young’s Denver office. In Denver, he continued to serve clients, primarily in the technology, communications and entertainment industry group. In 2000, Brian became the area tax outsourcing operations director for the Pacific South West. He left his career with Ernst & Young in May of 2002 to launch TaxOps.
Brian graduated cum laude from Pace University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance and has attended the Masters of Tax program at the University of Denver. He is an Advisory Council member with the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Business School as well as a member of the:
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants;
- Colorado Society of CPA’s;
- Professional Pricing Society; and
- Association of Corporate Growth.