What it was like to work for a legendary CPA

Hosted by Chris Baysden

 Lester McKeever
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Lester McKeever is one of the most accomplished CPAs in the United States. He is a former Chicago Federal Reserve chairman who in October was presented with the AICPA’s Gold Medal Award of Distinction. But McKeever, who recently sold his firm, Washington Pittman & McKeever, also has another notable professional distinction: He was a protégé of Mary T. Washington, a legendary accountant who became the first female African-American CPA in 1943. In this podcast episode, McKeever talks about what it was like to work for Washington and also offers advice on succession planning at smaller firms.   

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • What it was like to work for Mary T. Washington.
  • His thought process behind selling his firm.
  • The keys to a smooth transition to new ownership.
  • His advice for minority-owned firms.

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