In college, I had the 2 greatest jobs on the planet. I got to work outdoors, get dirty, get a great tan and work with some fun people. One job was mowing the greens and fairways at Kirksville Country Club located in the frigid North Pole of Missouri.
I’ve been studying and analyzing financial statements going back to my days at KPMG Peat Marwick in St. Louis. But I’d have to say I started doing it for fun (yes, fun) when I would receive hundreds of annual reports mailed to my home thanks in part to my membership with the National Association of […]
I used to look forward to walking through my local Barnes & Noble in Columbia, Missouri on a weekly basis. I could browse the book shelves for hours and easily drop a hundred dollars before leaving (so much for the family budget). In 2011 while rushing for a connecting flight with about 6 books under […]
Periodically, I get a call or email from a client early in the month stating something like, “Hey Mark, we had an awesome month. What do you think?” CEOs love sales. Heck, CFOs probably love sales even more. But I still hate these messages unless I know the plan calls for increases on the top […]
I have designed hundreds of financial reporting packages–I’m not even sure of the count. I’ve created reporting packages spanning 3 pages to nearly 100 in varying formats including raw HTML back in the ’90s, in Microsoft Publisher (I still do), Access, Excel (via F9 or Jet Reports), the old Microsoft FRx (is it still around?), […]
I used to like cookie jar accounting earlier in my career. But now I don’t. When I was younger, I thought, “Oh, that’s just being conservative.” And in my misguided naivete, I also didn’t have a problem with smoothing out earnings (positive) hiccups which could be used for a rainy day. But it’s also a […]