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S. James Smith, CPA
"Don’t ask others to do something you wouldn't do yourself. "
My dad, James Smith
Years with the company:
Major Practice Areas:
Tax planning and preparation, Business Consulting. Industry emphasis: Small Business
What is it about accounting that drew your interest?
Accounting is an “exact” profession. I enjoy the detailed nature of our work.
What has given you the greatest satisfaction on your job?
Opportunity to work directly with clients to help them grow their business and make sense of complicated tax and business regulations.
Describe your most memorable MHC&S moment:
Celebration of our firm’s 60th anniversary combined with our open house showcasing our remodeling project.
What words of wisdom would you offer aspiring accountants?
Work for a firm that allows you to work with a variety of clients and learn a variety of skills
Describe your work style?
Disciplined and structured – probably to a fault.
What are your favorite interests and hobbies?
Jogging, Biking, Iowa State athletics.
Describe yourself with one word:
Detailed and organized
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Administration and a major in Accounting, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 1974
American Institute of CPAs, Iowa Society of CPA’s, Winterset Optimists Club, Winterset Lions Club, Madison County Cycle Club, Madison County Development Group - Treasurer, Madison County Historical Society Endowment Committee Chairman