Humans of Appareo | Meet Brian

December 11, 2020

Meet Brian, Controller at Appareo.

Describe your job in 25 words or less.

Oversee accounts receivable/payable, treasury management, reporting, monthly financial statements and general ledger (parent and subs) audit coordination, tax compliance/filings, facilities.

What has been your favorite project so far?

In an accountant’s life there is a lot of repetitive parts of the job.

Question: Why did the accountant cross the road?

Answer: Because that’s what he did last week, last month, last quarter and last year!

I have enjoyed leveraging opportunities to automate repetitive, mundane tasks (see above) and new/challenging transactions involved in creating new companies, departments, etc.

Any favorite line from a movie? 

Not a lot of movie favorites, but I will have a Seinfeld quote off with anyone, anywhere, any time (yes, the TV show that ended 20 years ago that I still find to be relevant to most present-day situations).

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

My dad was a CPA in public practice and, consequently, growing up I thought accounting was the very last thing I would be interested in. Turns out that accounting came naturally to me when I started generals in the College of Business at UND and the inner practical accountant in me could not deny the solid career path that accounting lends itself to. Unfortunately, my dad did not live to see me advance in my career, but he probably would have said “told ya!”.

If you weren’t working, what would you be doing instead? 

I am a decent handyman and I like working on projects at my home or at the lake. I have 3 children, so of course that keeps me busy. If I had more time I would love to play a lot more golf.