As a student, after taking a number of programming and computer-related classes, Brian switched gears and began applying his interests in logics and analytics to the world of accounting. “I’ve always had an analytical mind. In accounting, I saw an opportunity to work in the business world in a way that helped other businesses while also discovering how they run.” In completing the balancing act that modern accounting requires, Brian is also aware that, beyond the numbers, people seek to connect with those around them on personal levels. “It’s important to be approachable. I want my clients to think of me as a good listener and advisor, not just someone who knows numbers and forms.”
Working across industry groups, from manufacturing to professional services, Brian taps into his early love of exploring the ways different businesses operate, how they’re structured, and the systems that support them over time. “For my manufacturing clients, for instance, we spend a lot of energy on their inventory. Flip that around to professional services, and our work often focuses on costs related to labor, which is one of their biggest concerns. You really have to be able to apply as broad a view as possible, while staying up-to-date on readings, trainings, and discussions related to each industry.” When not working, Brian and his wife like to check out different sushi restaurants around Portland, and when they take off on vacation they like to land somewhere tropical.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting, University of Portland, 2001, cum laude
Master of Business Administration, University of Portland, 2002
Certified Public Accountant, Oregon