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Brandy Davis – Providing Accounting Services

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Brandy Davis, CPA

Business Name: SingerLewak LLP

Website URL: http://www.singerlewak.com/

Email Address: bdavis@singerlewak.com

Year Founded: 1959

Number of Employees: ~250

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What does your company do?: SingerLewak is a leading regional accounting services firm.  We provide Assurance & Advisory Services, Tax, Business Risk & Technology Services, Litigation & Valuation Services and Business Management Services.

Was there a specific turning point when you realized your business was moving to the next level?: The firm has had many turning points over the past 50 plus years.  I will speak specifically to my practice which is Business Management.  I was originally transistioned into the Business Management practice to ensure a next generation of the practice.  I spent many years working under the partners in the practice to learn the craft.  The turning point in the practice has been the recent addition of higer level of clients we are now able to attract and the acknoldgements as a top business manager in trade publications such as Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

What processes or procedures have you implemented that have helped grow your company?:
The most important thing I have done is to maintain valuable relationships with my existing clients and thier representatives.  The most important thing you can do to grow a business is to continue to care for the base.  From there I have branched out and have developed new relationships that have been able to help the department grow.

What is most rewarding about running your business?: That I am able to help amazing people everyday.

What challenges have you faced and how have you overcome them?: With rapid growth comes growing pains.  I have grown too fast with too little support and I have have added too much support that didn’t support the growth.  It is very challenging to determine the exact amount of support that you need to match the growth.  I have gotten much better about this and now have some good formulas as to when to add support based on growth.

If you were starting over today, what would you do differently?: I would push for less change.  I was a big proponent of change and I still am.  That being said, sometimes too much change can create upheavel and cause more problems that those you were trying to resolve.

What advice do you have for other business owners?: Enjoy the ride.  If you love what you do, enjoy it.  It is very easy to get sucked into minutia and to forget why you love what you do.  Take some time each day to appreciate what you do and the great people that you work with and the amazing clients you work for.

Please list any favorite books, tools or resources (software, website, etc.) you would recommend for others:  I love listening to books on tape.  I love Good to Great – Jim Collins, The Advantage – Patrick Lencinoi and Emotional Intelligence – Daniel Coleman.

What is something that people might be surprised to learn about you?: I am very interested in Neuroscience.  I find the humman brain absolutely fascinating.

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