Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting

Walking the Walk: Your Firm Culture in Practice (Cool Culture Counts Series)

Monday, Sept 18, Noon ET

[This webcast was rescheduled because key speakers for the event were based in Houston and had to evacuate because of Hurricane Harvey.]

Many firms talk a lot about culture without taking the necessary steps to make it a reality. Putting your vision into practice is a critical part of making your firm a place people want to work. Join Wesley Middleton, Managing Partner of MiddletonRaines+Zapata, one of the fastest growing firms in the country, and Brian Siet from Wolters Kluwer for a conversation about culture in firms.

In the final part of this 5-part series, we’ll discuss the role “practice” plays in firm culture, including:

  • The importance of profitability and accountability for creating a sustainable work environment
  • How to provide the flexibility that your employees demand
  • Getting great results out of innovative ideas.

Creating a cool culture is key for firms that want to survive and thrive in the future. Find out how a high-performing firm accomplishes it.

Program level: Basic (no prerequisites required).

Receive 1 hour of free CPE credit for participating in this live webcast.

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Presented by:
  Wesley Middleton
Managing Partner
MiddletonRaines+Zapata, LLP

Wesley is the managing partner of the fastest growing firm in the U.S. MiddletonRaines+Zapata, LLP has been voted Houston’s #1 best place to work in 2015 and 2016, with consistent growth and low staff turnover. MRZ has led the way in technology, unlimited PTO and an incredible culture that people want to be a part of. Wesley is also a Tax Partner at MRZ, with over 20 years of tax compliance and consulting experience with expertise in oil and gas, construction and manufacturing. Wesley is also the managing partner of the firm and is responsible for the expansion and growth of the firm. Wesley earned his B.S. in Accounting from the University of New York. He is a member of the AICPA, Texas Society of CPA’s and the Association of Accounting Marketing. He is active as a musician at church, and in his free time, enjoys traveling with his family and watching football.

Wesley has published multiple articles in Accounting Today and IPA.
  Brian Siet, CPA
Senior Manager, Strategic Relationships
Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting US

Brian Siet is a Senior Manager, Strategic Relationships at Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting US. Siet’s primary focus is building and expanding strategic relationships with professional associations and accounting organizations to drive increased value to individual firms. Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer, he worked for CBIZ Tofias for eight years in the accounting and audit department and the tax department. During this time, he was instrumental in implementing policies and procedures with the firm’s workpaper management system, CCH® ProSystem fx® Engagement, as well as other accounting and audit and tax solutions.

Siet joined Wolters Kluwer in 2005, consulting firms on policies and procedures utilizing CCH® ProSystem fx® Engagement. From 2006 to 2008, Siet was a Solution Architect/pre-sales engineer and was promoted to Division Sales Manager for the Solution Architect team. During this time, Siet managed and coached teams who support and assist the sale of software and research solutions to wide audiences, specifically accounting firms. Siet has participated in many leadership programs as well as co-led the completion of the organizations first career path program, focusing on development and career advancement.
  Gail Perry
CPA Practice Advisor

Gail Perry is the editor-in-chief of CPA Practice Advisor. She also speaks at many accounting events, trade shows, and webinars. Gail is the author of over 30 books (including Mint.com For Dummies and QuickBooks 2014 On Demand), and she maintains a small tax practice. Gail 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, earned her CPA, and worked for Deloitte in the Chicago tax department. She has taught college-level accounting principles and was on staff for 10 years at the Indiana CPA Society as a computer applications instructor. Gail was the publisher and editor-in-chief of AccountingWEB before joining the CPA Practice Advisor team.

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