This month’s staff spotlight features Halt, Buzas & Powell’s managing partner, Andy Powell. Andy brings over 30 years of accounting experience to the HBP team.
What made you decide to pursue an accounting career?
Accounting actually runs in my family. My father was an accountant; my mother was an accountant; my sister is an accountant. It interested me as a high schooler, so I took a couple classes in it, and then I decided that’s what I was going to do in college.
If you did not work in accounting, what would your alternative career path be?
I’d be an astronaut. When I was a kid, we took a trip to Florida and I went to Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Flight Center. That was all really cool and really interesting to me.
Tell me about your hobbies outside of work.
One of my biggest hobbies is beekeeping. I don’t have a hive yet, but I’m interested in getting one—hopefully next year! I hope the year after that to receive honey from the hard work of those bees. Another big interest of mine is gardening. I make my own salsa and pickles (among other products) from produce we grow in the garden.
What does your position as managing partner at HBP entail?
As managing partner, I have to look at the firm as a whole and set the direction of where we want to go and what we are trying to accomplish. It is my job to communicate that with the rest of the staff so that we’re all working as a unified team to get to those goals that we set for ourselves.
What has been your favorite project you have worked on at HBP so far?
There have been many, but it would probably be on the audit and accounting side when we revamped the entire audit process. A lot of the staff sat down and figured out what we wanted to do in order to make it easier for everyone to accomplish an audit. We took a lot of input from everyone, and then from that we developed a template process. Depending on the type of engagement we’re doing, we now have templates that people can use so they’re not starting from scratch every time they start a new project. That took a lot of time, but it was very interesting and it paid off.
What is the best thing about working at HBP?
All the people. Everybody has such different backgrounds, and I love seeing the excitement in people’s eyes when they finally understand something they have been challenged by for a while. It’s gratifying to see that on people’s faces when something finally comes together.
Learn more about Andy and the rest of the HBP leadership team here.