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The Green Apple Podcast: there's life beyond the cubicle

“Recovering CPA” John Garrett talks with professionals who are shattering the stereotype by being known at work for a hobby or passion. Accountants, consultants, lawyers and other professionals are doing some really cool things after they leave the office -- things that impact their careers in surprising ways.
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Dec 16, 2015

Donna races her way to better client relationships

 

Donna Bruce started running almost 5 years ago and hasn’t stopped, having completed 19 marathons and countless other races — including the 2013 Boston Marathon.

In this episode, we talk about how running has given her an identity that clients are interested in. Donna spent many years at a Big 4 firm before starting her own firm with two other Partners, that was later merged with BKD.

 

Donna graduated from Mississippi State University and is currently a Tax Partner and also serves as Tax Director for the Mississippi practice of BKD.  She works primarily with high net worth family groups, closely held businesses, nonprofits spending a large amount  of time with income tax, retirement and estate planning..


 
 

 

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Donna poses after finishing the 2014
Boston Marathon.

 

Donna poses with some friends just before the Tupelo Marathon.

 

Donna runs the 2014 Mississippi Blues Marathon.

 

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Dec 2, 2015

Mike Kelley bunts his way to better coworker relationships (and a job)

 

Mike Kelley has always loved baseball. And it allowed him to have a special connection with his son, born four months early and now a thriving 15 year-old.

Mike is the Managing Partner at Wheeler Fairman & Kelley in Austin, TX -- his name is on the door! -- where he's a tax accountant who also does litigation support and business valuations. He graduated from the University of Michigan and went to work at Deloitte & Touche for a few years before moving to Texas. Mike connected with me on LinkedIn after I presented at an AICPA conference last year so it's great to catch up with him now.

After having their son, Mike's wife Kelli created Hand to Hold, a charity to help other families going through similar experience as they did.

 

 

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Mike gets ready to field a ground ball.
Mike just before playing in Tempe Diablo Stadium, home of the Anaheim Angels Spring Training.
Mike at bat during a recent baseball tournament.
Mike's son Jackson volunteers at a special baseball camp.
Mike's son Jackson takes a swing.
Mike's wife Kelli and their son Jackson at a Hand to Hold event.

 

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