The Green Apple Podcast: don't let professionalism suffocate your personality

“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. We discuss how these passions continue to impact their career in surprising ways.
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Mar 2, 2016

Misty’s Junior Leagues creates better coworker relationships


When it comes to volunteering, Misty Geer is a pro. Now she’s focused her energy on the Junior Leagues and this has helped her develop presentation skills she uses in her job and many more connections both in and out of work. And all of this helps her become more human to her coworkers.

Misty talks about how others reacted to her when she started sharing her passions at work. She also brings up an excellent point that talking only about yourself could be counterproductive, so be sure to use your sharing as a way to get others to open up as well.


Misty Geer is an Accounting Supervisor with Halliburton performing managerial accounting functions for the Rockies Area.  Previously, she worked as an auditor for Postlethwaite & Netterville before moving into industry with CARBO Ceramics.

Misty obtained her bachelor’s degrees from Southeastern Louisiana University and her MBA from Florida State University and is a CPA and CGMA.



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Misty and the Junior League volunteer to update a women’s shelter.


Misty helps others paint at a women’s shelter.


Misty and the Junior League gathered over 1k pounds of food in their last food drive.


Misty’s links

Feb 24, 2016

Kevin relays his way to better client relationships


When he’s not using his business valuation skills, you can find Kevin running around the country on a 200 mile Ragnar Relay or interviewing rock stars as a Beat Writer for AXS Entertainment.

Kevin is a Shareholder and the Director of Valuation Services for Brueggeman and Johnson Yeanoplos, P.C. in Tucson, AZ. He was inducted into the AICPA Business Valuation Hall of Fame in 2010, recognizing fewer than 30 individuals whose lifetime achievements and contributions have significantly advanced the valuation discipline and have enhanced the valuation profession for CPAs. We met after I presented at an AICPA conference last year so it’s nice to talk with him again here.


Kevin graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah, is a Certified Public Accountant Accredited in Business Valuation and Certified in Financial Forensics and was in the charter class of those earning the ABV credential and the CFF credential.



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Kevin talks with Jeff Bridges.


John Mayer poses with Kevin after an interview.


Kevin poses with Sting before a concert.


Kevin running his leg of the Ragnar Del Sol.


Kevin posing after the Pat’s Run for the Pat Tillman Foundation.


Kevin carrying the baton in the Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay.


Kevin’s links

Feb 10, 2016

Randy rocks his way to better client relationships


All the Partners at Anton Collins Mitchell have website headshots that show their hobbies or passions. When Randy became a Partner, golf was already taken so he had to dig into his past to bring out his guitar. By opening up a little about his college guitar playing days, clients began asking him to jam with them. That’s when he had to admit that he needed to practice quite a bit before taking the stage with them, which shows that you don’t have to be proficient in your hobby to share it with others. You just have to be passionate about it.

I talk with Randy about how Anton Collins Mitchell uses a Fun Calendar to encourage staff to develop stronger relationships with others that share the same passions. And how, as a Partner, he looks for people who are eager to continue to grow — which is only enhanced by bringing your hobbies and passions to work.


Randy graduated with a degree in Accounting from University of Northern Colorado and has worked in public accounting ever since.



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Randy let’s loose on the golf course.


Randy poses with Blues Traveler after the NOCO Unify Suitcase Party fundraiser.


Randy’s Blues Traveler tattoo signed by lead singer John Popper.


Randy’s links

Feb 3, 2016

Caleb writes his way to better professional relationships


While Caleb Newquist no longer works in accounting, he is very busy being around it all the time. He’s the Founding Editor of Going Concern, easily the most talked about website about he accounting profession. Caleb is also the head of content for Accountingfly and the Founder of Yarn, a creative firm that serves the accounting profession.

I talk with Caleb about how his hobby became his passion, then his work, and now his job. And the friendships he’s developed since working from home have all stemmed from him talking about this.


Caleb graduated from a BBA at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and later a master’s in accounting from Colorado State University. He worked public accounting for 6 years before starting Going Concern.






Caleb’s links

Jan 27, 2016

Rumbi is the social butterfly between her many networks

Whether it's singing karaoke in front of thousands in Berlin, running the New York City Marathon or being a part of the New York African Film Festival, Rumbi is making connections.

I talk with Rumbi about how important developing relationships is for someone who started her own forensics accounting firm. Which is pretty impressive considering she admits to becoming an accountant "on accident".

Rumbi graduated from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts with a degree in Economics and Mathematics before going to study accounting at the University of South Africa. She worked for Big Four and industry before starting her own firm, Rock Financial Forensics in New York City.

She's also the editor of Figuring Financial Forensics where she discusses news and her views of the world of financial forensics.



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Rumbi participates in a panel at the New York African Film Festival.
Rumbi sings karaoke in front of over two thousand in Berlin.
Rumbi is getting ready to run another Brooklyn Half-Marathon.


Rumbi's links


Jan 13, 2016

Stuart jokes his way to better networking


Stuart Hack recently stepped on stage at the Improv Comedy Club and was big hit with his clients.

In this episode, we talk about how Stuart’s radio host days and stand-up comedy hobby have allowed him to be much better at networking to generate more business for his Firm. He spent many years working for accounting firms before taking a leap of faith to start his own practice, Hack Tax and Accounting Services.


Stuart has a Bachelors in Mathematics and a Masters in Accounting, both from the State University of New York at Albany. He’s got over 27 years of experience providing individuals and small businesses with tax and accounting needs.



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Stuart on stage at the Improv Comedy Club.


Stuart cuts the ribbon at his new office.


Stuart speaking at the Chamber of Commerce.


Stuart’s links

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.


Donna’s links

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.


Mike's links


Nov 25, 2015

Cathleen Anderson runs her way to better client relationships


Cathleen Anderson is an avid runner of 5k’s and half-marathons. So much so that one time she actually them in consecutive days.

Cathleen received her BS in Business Accounting from Indiana University and then went to work for a payroll processing company in her hometown of Elkhart, Indiana. She later moved to Pennsylvania where she worked in public accounting and earned her CPA. And for the last 14 years, she’s been at Burnham, working her way up to Tax Manager and Retirement Plan Administrator.




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Cathleen and her family before the Bob Bard 5k in Quarryville, PA.


Cathleen running the Amos Herr Honey Run in Landisville, PA.

Nov 18, 2015

Jason cooks up great coworker relationships


Jason Kalies grew up on a small family dairy farm in Wisconsin so he appreciates cultivating the land for fresh food. Then one day he decided to share his homemade salsa and marinades with a team visiting from out of town and deep coworker relationships were made.

In this episode, we talk about whiskey, the Circus Parade in Milwaukee, growing up on a dairy farm and why baking is better than cooking -- not necessarily in that order. Jason is currently a senior manager at big 4 accounting firm - having spent over 15 years in the accounting world in both public accounting and industry.

After graduating from St. Norbert College outside of Green Bay Wisconsin, Jason started working at PwC. He later worked for a bank for several years before returning to public accounting a few years ago.



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Boiling Ball Jars as part of the peach canning process.
Jason gets ready to can some peaches.
Jason sets up his "12 Whiskies of Christmas".


Jason's links

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