Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of H.J. Umbaugh & Associates, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Please contact Jeff Phillips to learn more about firm partnerships.
For nearly 70 years, H. J. Umbaugh & Associates CPAs, LLP, a regional Midwest firm, has been providing financial advisory services to entities like utilities, libraries, school corporations, airports, cities, towns and townships. Their work includes assisting in planning and financing projects, which includes handling complex matters like negotiating economic development terms. The firm, which is listed in the Top 200, doesn’t do any traditional tax or audit work.
“That was very appealing to me from the time I was looking for my first internship,” says Manager Andre Riley. “With the type of work the firm does, we need to keep an open mind and be flexible. There’s no one way to solve a problem. You need to approach the issue from different perspectives. That’s not at all like tax or audit.”
One of the things that persuaded him Umbaugh was the right place for him was the interview process. “It was very reassuring to be interviewed by someone who was no more than five years older than me. He was interested in getting to know about me and my interests. It wasn’t what I expected.”
Andre has been with the firm since that internship. During that time, he’s watched the firm from fewer than 20 professionals to 112. “And we still feel like a family. We’re still a team that communicates openly up and down. We work hard, and we’re respected for that. We’re mentored. We learn the ropes that way.”
To learn more, watch our complete interview with Andre below. And to see all current openings with Umbaugh, click here.