Change Your Mindset

Welcome to Change Your Mindset (formerly known as Improv Is No Joke) where it is all about believing that strong communication skills are the best way in delivering your technical accounting knowledge and growing your business. The way of building stronger communication skills is by embracing the principles of applied improvisation. Your host is Peter Margaritis, CPA a.k.a. The Accidental Accountant, will interview financial professionals and business leaders to find their secret in building stronger relationships with their clients, customers, associates, and peers, all the while, growing their businesses.

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S3E23. Let Go of My Ego
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S3E21. Awakened to Change! An Improviser's Journey
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S3E20. Small Town Leadership with Natalie Siston
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S3E19. Being More Present: 3 Exercises to Make ...
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S3E18. Raising Sensational Children with Sensor...
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S3E17. Listening to Understand Vs. Listening to...
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S3E16. Buying and Selling CPA Firms with Branno...
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S3E15. Leadership in Hyperdrive: Powered by Imp...
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S3E14. Making Marketing More Human with Jürgen ...
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S3E13. Getting LEAN in Leadership with David Veech
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S3E12. How to Focus on Deep Work Without Distra...
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S3E11. Leaving a Legacy You Are Proud Of with R...
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S3E10. The Therapeutic Value of Improv with Mar...
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S3E9. Artificial Intelligence is the Future of ...
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S3E8. We Need Laughter Now More Than Ever with ...
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S3E7. The Funny Thing About Stress with Kay Fra...
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S3E6. How to Recover from Disaster Faster with ...
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S3E5. An Improviser's Approach to COVID-19 with...
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S3E4. Being an Authentic Leader with Christophe...
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S3E3. Making Accounting Come Alive with Peter F...
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S3E2. We Are The Sum of Our Experiences with Di...
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S3E1. Ego is Getting in the Way of Empathy with...
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S2E46. Looking Ahead at Season 3
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S2E45. How to Retain Employees Longer with Cara...
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S2E44. Becoming a Better Leader with Roxanne Ka...
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S2E43. Learning New Skills by Getting In The Ga...
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S2E42. Being a Strategic Partner for Businesses...
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S2E41. From Fear of Public Speaking to TedX Thr...
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S2E40. Get The Sleep You Need by Breathing Righ...
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S2E39. Raising Self-Esteem Through Improv Techn...
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S2E38. Entering the Niche Realm of Forensic Acc...
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S2E37 - Ralph Picano | Adapting to New Technolo...
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S2E36 - Kevin McCarthy | Uncover Your Blind Spo...
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S2E35 - Dave Caperton | Using Humor to Open Peo...
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S2E34 - Bill & Don Tomoff | From Compliance Lea...
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S2E33 - Jay Sukow | Teaching Improv to Business...
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S2E32 - Dr. Gleb Tsipursky | Never Go With Your...
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S2E31 - Brian Wagner | A Radical Vision: Elimin...
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S2E30 - Robin Thieme | Creating a Virtual, Outs...
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S2E29 - Phillip Lovegrove | Becoming a Needs-Ba...
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S2E28 - Amy Franko | Cultivating The Modern Sel...
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S2E27 - Samantha Bowling | MindBridge: Making A...
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S2E26 - Kimberly Ellison-Taylor | Community, Me...
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S2E25 - Cara North | Networking & Opportunity: ...
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S2E24 - Lucy Hayhurst | How to Avoid the Busy S...
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S2E23 - Jennifer Elder | What, So What, Now Wha...
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S2E22 - Bill Sheridan | Becoming Future-Proof
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S2E21 - Gary Zeune | The Pros & The Cons: Why W...
We would like your feedback on today's podcast by answering this quick two-minute survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MS2T6P6. Thank you so much for your support.   My guest today is a gentleman who knows more about fraud than just about...
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S2E20 - Jennifer Briggs | Indiana’s Competency-...
Jennifer Briggs is the CEO of the Indiana CPA Society, and we talked about a year ago about the State of Indiana’s House Bill 1467, which allows competency-based learning through professional development opportunities to qualify accountants for...
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S2E19 - Allen Lloyd, Boyd Search, & Chris Jenki...
Happy New Year, everyone! As I thought about 2019, I wanted to get off on the right foot – and I wanted to try something a little different. So today, I interview three wonderful guests at the same time. And you know what? It was a blast!   Our...
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S2E18 - Karl Ahlrichs | Multitasking is a Myth
We, as humans, are not wired to multitask – but we’re also addicted to it! So today, we’re going to learn about why multitasking doesn’t work and then some strategies we can use to be more productive. I thought this would be a perfect episode...
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S2E17 - Stephanie Feger | Color Today Pretty
Stephanie Feger is a passionate communicator who believes that a shift in perspective can help people live truly fulfilling lives.   After working in the public relations and marketing industry for over 15 years, she realized that happiness isn't...
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S2E16 - Carrie Sechel | You Have the Power to P...
Carrie Sechel is an entrepreneurial business consultant, speaker, and the bestselling author of BASE Jump: Finding Yourself in an Unfulfilling Professional World. Before creating her business, Carrie spent 18 years in public accounting, including...
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S2E15 - Sean Kenny | How PrepLink Plans to Tran...
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S2E14 - David Krebs | Making Tax Law Fun
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S2E13 - Kristen Rampe & Jason Lieu | Slide Deck...
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S2E12 - Courtney Kirschbaum | Give Humanity a S...
My guest today is Courtney Kirschbaum, who I had the pleasure of speaking with after her keynote address at the Georgia Society of CPAs’ Southeastern Accounting Show in Atlanta. Courtney’s keynote address was titled “The Beginning of the End or...
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S2E11 - Kate Colbert | Think Like a Marketer
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Rebekah Brown | The Rising Tide Lifts All Boats...
Rebekah Brown is the Director of Development for the Maryland Association of CPAs and the Business Learning Institute. Rebekah frequently presents to groups both locally and nationally on the future of the accounting profession and, as a certified...
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S2E9 - Byron Patrick | Staying Ahead of Technol...
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S2E8 - Owen Wyss | The Value of Volunteering (F...
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S2E7 - Cara Silletto | Why Your Employees Leave...
Cara Silletto is a retention guru who works with companies all around the country, in all different industries, to help them reduce employee turnover. To accomplish that, she bridges the generational gaps and helps managers be more effective in their...
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S2E6 - Jennie Scheel | How to Translate Account...
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S2E5 - Rich Stang and Brad Hoffman | The Future...
My guests today are Rich Stang and Brad Hoffman, who are partners in the Maryland accounting firm DeLeon & Stang – and it is not your average firm. I have included a case study on DeLeon & Stang in my upcoming book, Taking the Numb out...
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S2E4 - Dr. John Molidor | The Science Behind Br...
My guest today is Dr. John Molidor, a Professor of Psychiatry and Community Assistant Dean at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine as well as a past president of the National Speakers Association Board of Directors. John shares his...
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S2E3 - Eddie Turner | Facilitated Collaboration...
Collaboration is a buzzword in business today. Everyone talks about it. But how do you do it?   Well, today’s guest, Eddie Turner, thinks he has the secret sauce to collaboration: “It should be facilitated – facilitated collaboration is...
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S2E2 - Michelle Sopp, Jennifer Oleksa, Chris Fl...
Today I sit down with four incredible guests – Michelle Sopp, Jennifer Oleksa, Chris Fleck, and Bret Johnson – to discuss our major takeaways from the 2018 National CPE Educators conference held earlier this year.   If you are in the learning...
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S2E1 - Amy Vetter | The Future of Accounting: H...
This is an exciting time to be in the accounting profession – we are at a turning point, and the profession is recognizing that just counting beans is not going to get us into the next century (or even the next decade). We need to change our...
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Ep. 99 - A Very Special Announcement About the ...
Today I’m celebrating my 100th episode (because I technically started this show with episode 0) – and I have a special announcement for all of you.   First, I’d like to thank all of the guests who have given their time and shared their...
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Ep. 98 - Scott Palmer | Improvisation in the Wo...
Scott Palmer is the Executive Director of Adult Education at Butler Technology and Career Development Schools, and he joins me to discuss how the principles of improvisation have helped him create a collaborative environment with his team, his...
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Ep. 97 - Kay Frances | Lighten Up & Stress Less...
Kay Frances is a motivational humorist who has shared her message to “lighten up, stress less and take care of ourselves” for over 30 years. Kay is “America’s Funniest Stressbuster” – and she even wrote the book on stress, The Funny Thing...
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Ep. 96 - Bob Pacanovsky | Develop a Black Tie M...
Bob Pacanovsky is what you might call a “Wow!” expert – with 20 years of entrepreneurial experience, primarily in the hospitality space, he has learned how create engagement, retention, and loyalty with customers, employees, and clients. Bob...
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Ep. 95 - Kristen Rampe | Another CPA Who’s All ...
Kristen Rampe,  Founder of Kristen Rampe Consulting, returns to the show to discuss how CPE educators can get the best out of their presenters and subject matter experts and a new training tool for those who want to build confidence when speaking...
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Ep. 94 - Chris Loehrer: Creativity, Collaborati...
Chris Loehrer is a right-brain person living in left-brain world, meaning he is extremely creative, has a BFA in animation and film, but currently operates in a leadership role within The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA)… not exactly what you might...
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Ep. 93 - Ted Janusz: What You Need to Know Abou...
Ted Janusz is a speaker and marketing guru, and he’s here to help you get the most out of your online presence. We discuss how you can set your organization apart from the competition, how to get your clients and prospects spending more time on your...
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Ep. 92 - Mary Foley: Don a Red Cape, Be Bodacio...
Mary Foley energizes female entrepreneurs with the clarity, confidence, and tools to attract, engage, and win more clients. She is an author, energizing keynote speaker, business mentor, host of the P.O.W.E.R. Plug Podcast, and a lover of red capes....
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Ep. 91 - Jim Canterucci: Finding Your Purpose S...
Jim Canterucci is a catalyst for growth leadership change. He is the Founder of Transition Management Advisors and Constituent Hub, the author of Personal Brilliance: Mastering the Everyday Habits That Create a Lifetime of Success, and creator of a...
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Ep. 90 - Laura Stoll: Using Improv to Develop I...
Laura Stoll is the Talent Development Consultant at Ernst & Young, and she has a fascinating perspective on how you can develop top talent within your organization that is influenced by her background in improv.   Laura studied at Second...
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Ep. 89 - Jon Petz: Laugh Louder, Perform Better...
Jon Petz is born to be on stage – so much so that he left his highly successful career as a corporate vice president to fulfill his purpose and passion by helping others laugh louder, perform better, and achieve more. We discuss how he evolved from...
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Ep. 88 - Jody Padar | The Roadmap to the New Firm
Jody Padar, AKA The Radical CPA, is a leader driven by a passion to foster real change in the accounting profession. She represent the next generation of accounting professionals, leading the vanguard for both digital CPAs and future-ready firms....
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Ep. 87 - Marilyn Sherman: How to Overcome Obsta...
Marilyn Sherman is a speaker and author who has spent years motivating and inspiring audiences to get out of their comfort zone and get a front-row seat in life, and this is the perfect time of the year to check in with her because she has tips and...
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Ep. 86 - Keith Harmeyer | SmartStorming: How to...
Keith Harmeyer is all about ideas! He is an expert in innovative thinking, creative problem solving, and idea generation who spent over two decades coming up with great ideas for some of the world’s best known and most successful companies (such as...
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Ep. 85 - Merle Heckman | Intentional Storytelli...
Today’s guest, Merle Heckman, truly understands the power of storytelling – and why it is needed in all aspects of business today.   You see, Merle works with engineers, but he’s not an engineer (he’s the Manager of Organizational...
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Ep. 84 - Antonio Ocampo-Guzman: Designing Impro...
I’m really excited to introduce you all to Antonio Ocampo-Guzman, an actor, director, author, and theater teacher originally from Bogotá, Colombia. He is an Associate Professor at Northeastern University, where he teaches all levels of acting,...
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Ep. 83 - 2017: A Year in Review
Happy New Year! To celebrate the beginning of what is sure to be another interesting year, I’ve gone through every episode from 2017 and pulled out a quote that I found impactful.   Inspired by one of these quotes? You can find an image to...
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Ep. 82 - Tim Sinclair | Business Development: W...
Tim Sinclair is the Industry Consulting Director at the accounting firm WebsterRogers, and he has worked with more than 350 companies across the U.S. and in a variety of industries. He is passionate about helping business leaders advance and grow...
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Ep. 81 - Jerry L. Esselstein: How Professionals...
Jerry L. Esselstein specializes in strategic planning, implementation strategies, personnel development, and performance measurement for private company owners, executives, and other senior management groups.   Jerry has an extensive leadership...
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Ep. 80 - Boyd Search | Transforming Corporate C...
Boyd Search is the President & CEO of the Georgia Society of CPAs. Our conversation centers around how he approached changing the organization’s corporate culture, and the impact that the George Society is making on its members, associates, and...
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Ep. 79 - Ryan Parker: Adding Value to Your Orga...
Ryan Parker is the President & CEO of Endicott Clay Products and the newly installed chair of the Nebraska Society of CPA’s executive board.   Our conversation focuses on the process of adding value to your organization as you grow your...
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Ep. 78 - Jay Sukow: Teaching Improv to Business...
Jay Sukow believes that the world would be a better place if everyone took just one improv class – and I agree! Jay is trying to make that world a reality as the Founder of Today Improv, where he teaches improv to actors, businesses, and everyone...
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Ep. 77 - Colin Blalock | It’s Not What You Say ...
Colin Blalock, a shareholder with Jones and Kolb, is a CPA with a very unique set of skills: Colin has developed a talent for understanding the nonverbal messages that people are saying. That's right – He has developed the ability to read body...
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Ep. 76 - Dr. David Brobeck: How FUN Increases E...
Dr. David Brobeck (AKA The Problem-Solving Professor) is a professional speaker and a professor of graduate education at Walsh University. His current academic focus is researching various means to enhancing teaching and learning based on...
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Ep. 75 - Jack Park & Maureen Zappala: Writing B...
What do a cow, a snapping turtle, and a goat have in common? Ohio State Football (really, we’re not kidding)! This is just one of the fascinating anecdotes you’ll find in the new book Buckeye Reflections: Legendary Moments from Ohio State...
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Ep. 74 - Jennifer Briggs: Indiana Passes Compet...
Jennifer Briggs is currently the Senior Vice President and COO of the Indiana CPA Society, and she will be the CEO of the society beginning January 1, 2018.   On July 1st, 2017, the state of Indiana signed House Bill 1467 into law, which...
53 min
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Ep. 73 - Dr. Alan Patterson: How to Go From Tec...
Dr. Alan Patterson is the Founder of Mentoré, a consulting practice specializing in leadership and organizational development, and a thought leader at the Business Learning Institute. Dr. Patterson also wrote Leader Evolution: From Technical...
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Ep. 72 - Bill Sheridan | Human Work in the Age ...
Only 8 percent of CPAs believe that the profession is future ready, according to CPA.com’s study Welcome to the Fast Future. This is a rather concerning statistic because the future is coming, and it might be closer than you think.   Bill...
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Ep. 71 - The Accidental Tour Guide: Peter’s Fav...
We’re doing something a little different today: Peter shares his favorite places to eat all over the country. He was inspired by former guest Clarke Price, who keeps a record of every restaurant he visits and often suggests new places for Peter to...
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Ep. 70 - Annie Conderacci: Facilitating Growth ...
Annie Conderacci is a change management consultant and a passionate student of improv. She studied and performed improv at The Second City, Annoyance Theater, and IO Chicago, and she performs improv and sketch all around the city. As a change and...
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Ep. 69 - Byron Patrick: Be Selfish & Get Involv...
Byron Patrick, Managing Director of CPA practice at Network Alliance, is a nationally-known industry thought leader and a multi-recipient of the CPA Practice Advisor's 40 Under 40 award. Byron has been an active member of the Maryland Association of...
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Ep. 68 - Greg Conderacci: Supercharge Your Spir...
We’re talking to returning guest Greg Conderacci, the energy management expert who wrote Getting Up!: Supercharging Your Energy and, at the age of 66, rode his bicycle across the United States in just 18 days. In Getting Up!, Greg writes about the...
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