Smith & Howard Promotes Dan Smith to Chief Operating Officer
Aug 06,2018
Smith & Howard recently announced that Dan Smith has been named Chief Operating Officer. Dan, a seasoned business and finance executive, will lead Smith & Howard’s operations and finance departments. Since joining Smith & Howard in 2016 as Director of Finance, Dan has increased operational efficiencies that improve quality and reduce time and cost. “We are excited to have Dan assume the role of Chief Operating Officer at Smith & Howard. He is making rapid and important strides in making the firm more efficient, focused and strategic in its finance and operational approaches. As important, he is a great fit in Smith & Howard’s culture and is having a positive impact on our entire team,” said John Lucht, Managing Partner of Smith & Howard. Dan’s career has spanned banking, Big 4 accounting firm consulting and another mid-size accounting firm. Most recently, he served as Operations Manager for a national Registered...
Sean Taylor to become Managing Partner of Smith & Howard on January 1, 2019
Jul 31,2018
We are excited to announce an important step in Smith & Howard’s future. On January 1, 2019, Sean Taylor will assume the role of Managing Partner, succeeding John Lucht who has served in that role for a decade. This transition is the culmination of a planned leadership transition guided by the partner group of Smith & Howard. We are pleased to share this news with you and invite you to hear directly from our co-founding partner and first Managing Partner, Jim Howard, as well as John Lucht and Sean Taylor in the video below. Click below to watch the videos! To read more on this story, click here. *If you are viewing this page in Internet Explorer, please click here to view the videos.  Smith & Howard Managing Partner Legacy Video Sean Taylor, Smith & Howard's Incoming Managing Partner  
With a Disciplined Approach to Purpose and Innovation Honed Over 25 Years, Smith & Howard’s Former Intern Becomes Its Managing Partner
Jul 24,2018
To lead first requires individuals to see the needs of those around them before acting. It's a conscious decision that results in great impact, and in today's business climate, is, unfortunately, a fading characteristic of leaders. But when combined with the commitment to encourage others' success, servant leadership can become the defining principle of a firm's culture. It's certainly the story of Smith & Howard, which celebrates that philosophy with perhaps one of its most notable announcements in its 47-year history: Sean Taylor who joined the firm 25 years ago as an intern, will assume the role of managing partner. Sean, currently partner-in-charge of Smith & Howard's Assurance Service practice, takes the helm in January 2019. He brings the values of and lessons learned from his modest mentors Jim Howard and John Lucht, among others, to his leadership role, and epitomizes Smith & Howard's commitment to recognizing drive and results...
Sean Taylor to become Managing Partner of Smith & Howard on January 1, 2019
Jul 24,2018
We are excited to announce an important step in Smith & Howard’s future. On January 1, 2019, Sean Taylor will assume the role of Managing Partner, succeeding John Lucht who has served in that role for a decade. This transition is the culmination of a planned leadership transition guided by the partner group of Smith & Howard. We are pleased to share this news with you and invite you to hear directly from our co-founding partner and first Managing Partner, Jim Howard, as well as John Lucht and Sean Taylor in the video below. Click below to watch the videos! To read more on this story, click here. *If you are viewing this page in Internet Explorer, please click here to view the videos.  Smith & Howard Managing Partner Legacy Video Sean Taylor, Smith & Howard's Incoming Managing Partner  
“Smith & Howard Announces New Managing Partner,” CPA Practice Advisor
Jul 24,2018
An article published on July 25, 2018 in CPA Practice Advisor discusses Smith & Howard’s leadership transition plan, including the appointment of Sean C. Taylor as Managing Partner. The announcement marks an important step in the firm’s future, as Taylor, who has been with the firm for 25 years, assumes the role from long-time managing partner John W. Lucht on January 1, 2019. To access the full article, please click here.
Randy Shrum and Kate Maxwell Featured in Current Accounts
Jul 11,2018
Smith & Howard Assurance Principal, Randy Shrum and Tax Manager, Kate Maxwell published articles that were featured in the May / June 2018 edition of The Georgia Society of CPA’s bi-monthly newsletter, Current Accounts. Randy Shrum writes on how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will affect the financial statement audit. “The enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is one of the most significant and impactful policy developments in many years and brings with it complex, wide-ranging ramification in financial reporting” Shrum writes. It’s expected that implementing and accounting for the elements of tax reform will be a challenging exercise for both preparers and their auditors. To read Randy’s article, click here and view page 18. Kate Maxwell took a different angle with her article and discussed how manufacturers can leverage the TCJA to fund Industry 4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution. Opportunities offered by Industry 4.0...
Smith & Howard Awarded the 2018 Top Workplace Award by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mar 16,2018
For the eighth consecutive year, Smith & Howard has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC (formerly Workplace Dynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few. In announcing the award, John Lucht, Managing Partner, said, “We are particularly pleased to be recognized in this survey, as it measures organizational health using questions built around our culture. Landing on this list for eight straight years is an indicator that our focus on our people and our values achieves our objectives of creating a healthy, productive culture where employees can grow and succeed.”“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows...
Preparation for Busy Season
Jan 24,2018
Happy New Year!  We have made it to another January and the start of another busy season.  This is a big time of year for Smith & Howard; 60% of the firm’s billable hours are charged during the months of January – April.  To make busy season run smoothly, it takes preparation before it begins.  Starting in December, we reach out to all our clients.  This contact can range from a simple email to touch base to planning calls and meetings. We use these interactions to understand what are clients have been doing over the last year.  This information helps us ensure that we have the appropriate level of staffing (whether it be assurance, tax or advisory) for tax planning, initial risk assessments for our audits, etc.For our employees, the field of accounting is ever-changing. We must stay on top of these changes. Have you heard about the new tax law...
Smith & Howard’s 2017 Community Involvement
Jan 23,2018
Smith & Howard’s Statement of Purpose reads, “We exist to be valuable to our clients, our people and our community.” No one can argue that without clients who find our services valuable or highly skilled and valued employees to serve those clients well, our company cannot exist. But what does it mean to be valuable to the community?At Smith & Howard, we believe in giving back to the community around us. Here are just some examples of where we used our time, talent and treasure to enrich our community and the people within it. Barack and Michelle Obama AcademyWe hosted holiday parties for three 2nd grade classrooms at the Barack and Michelle Obama Academy (formerly known as D. H. Stanton School). We make the holiday “wish list” for these children come true. Atlanta Habitat for Humanity & RestoreSmith & Howard sponsored and participated in a home build with the Atlanta Habitat for...
Smith & Howard’s 13th Annual Leadership Institute
Jan 23,2018
Smith & Howard’s 13th Annual Leadership Institute for Accounting Students will take place July 12-13, 2018.  Attendees will benefit from a day and ½ of networking, leadership skill building and an opportunity to get an inside look at the accounting world.  The event takes place at our office in Midtown Atlanta.  Lodging and meals are provided by our firm.  This is an exciting learning opportunity that will help students succeed in the future.   When past attendees were asked why they would recommend the Leadership Institute to future students, they responded that it is a great opportunity to get a first-hand look inside a public accounting firm, to meet and network with experienced accountants, and to build communication and leadership skills.If you are interested in applying to attend this year’s Leadership Institute, the application can be found here. Please complete the application and submit it with a copy of your resume by...

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