You What?

With Jeff Taner, CPA Managing Director at Dulin, Ward & DeWald Inc.
Aug 1, 2016
Jeffrey Crane
You What?

Describe yourself in 3 words. Disciplined, hardworking, OCD

What is the first movie you ever saw in a theater? The first one I remember was the Disney movie entitled “The Computer Who Wore Tennis Shoes” at the Embassy Theatre.

What is your favorite part of your job? I love the variety of clients I serve and the work I do. I also enjoy the flexibility my job offers related to work/life balance.

What was your first job? My senior year of high school, I started a part-time job at McDonald’s. I worked there for four and a half years until I graduated from college. That is where I learned the work ethic that I have maintained throughout my career in public accounting. At McDonald’s they used to say, “If you have time to lean you have time to clean.”

What is your greatest accomplishment? My three children Chloe, Leah and Wesley. I am so proud of them for what they are and what they will become.

Who is your hero? My mother who has always supported me in whatever I do. I don’t think anybody loves me more than my mother and would hope my kids feel the same way about their mother.

What is your biggest pet peeve? People who treat a yield or merge as a stop sign.

What would you choose as your last meal? Lobster, Greek salad and gooseberry pie

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? Jesus, George W. Bush, Michael Jordan, John Grisham, Jack Reacher

What was the first concert you attended? It was a Styx concert at the Memorial Coliseum in 1980.

Who would you like to see perform in concert? Taylor Swift

Do you have any secret talents? I learned to juggle when I was a sophomore in high school. We had a substitute teacher and he showed us how to juggle. I went home, bought three balls and with a lot of practice learned to juggle.

If you could solve one major problem, what would it be? World hunger

What’s one thing you can’t live without? Exercise, I am addicted. It makes me strong both mentally and physically.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Frank Dulin, a former partner at DWD, gave me a book when I started my career titled The Richest Man in Babylon. The model I followed after reading that book was to save 10 percent for retirement, give 10 percent to your church or charities, put another 10 percent in savings and live off of the remaining 70 percent.

What is the best gift you have ever been given? My three children.

Name one person who has inspired you in your life. Mike DeWald took me under his wing from the very first day I started at DWD. He was a great mentor and a father figure for me, the best teacher I have ever known.

Is there a community organization you are particularly passionate about? I have been on the Metro board of the YMCA for about 10 years. I served a two-year term as president of the board and am currently the treasurer. It is a great organization and I truly enjoy my work with the leaders of the YMCA.

Vacation spot? Hawaii
Sports team? IU Basketball
Band or music group or singer? Def Leppard
Song? Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run”
Movie? “Titanic”
Downtown locale? Parkview Field
Fast food restaurant? McDonald’s
TV Show? “Seinfeld”
Hobby? I love to read books by authors such as John Grisham and David Baldacci.
Flavor of ice cream? Butter pecan

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