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Why Accounting Firms Lose Independence: Randy Johnston

Learn about the challenges and risks of losing independence and how to safeguard it, with Randy Johnston.

Welcome to the Accounting Influencers Podcast, going live every Monday to 150 countries and 30,000 accounting practitioners, fintech specialists and influencers in the accountancy, CPA and bookkeeping space.

In the latest episode of the Accounting Influencers Podcast, Randy Johnston shares insights from his experience at AICPA Engage. The event was abuzz with discussions around artificial intelligence (AI), with several major players in attendance. Randy highlights the significance of the event, including the 40 under 40 influencer meeting and the recognition of the most powerful women in accounting. He mentions engaging conversations with CEOs and CTOs, delving into product strategies and insights. Over the years, the focus of the event has shifted from low-level technology to management strategy, reflecting the fast-paced changes in the industry. Randy also addresses concerns about independence in the profession, undisclosed relationships, and the impact of private equity acquisitions on operations and support. He emphasizes the importance of independent advisors and the need for transparency in the industry.


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Guest Bio

Randy Johnson is a seasoned finance and accounting professional with an impressive 20 years of experience in the field. With a strong background in credit and collections spanning 10 years, Randy has honed his skills in effectively managing financial transactions and mitigating risks. For the past decade, Randy has focused on accounting, taking on diverse projects and assignments as a Salaried Professional consultant for Robert Half, Inc. Throughout this time, Randy has gained valuable expertise in various accounting areas, including sales and use tax, property tax, Sarbanes-Oxley auditing, and general ledger accounting. With a comprehensive understanding of financial processes and regulations, Randy brings a wealth of knowledge to his roles and consistently delivers accurate and reliable results.


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