Career Success with Doug Veliky

On episode 39 of The Unique CPA, Randy Crabtree talks to Doug Veliky, Chief Strategy Officer of craft brewery Revolution in Chicago. Doug’s unusual career path started in public accounting. After being knocked back for several positions which could have combined accounting with his love of craft beer, he started an Instagram account and a blog about craft beer for fun. These ultimately helped him land his first position with Revolution.

Important Links

BeerAficionado on Instagram

@BeerCruncher on Twitter

Revolution Brewing

About the Guest

Doug Veliky fits The Unique CPA mold perfectly, with a passion for social media, analytics, and their applicability to the beer industry. After becoming Revolution Brewing’s CFO in September 2016, Doug led the Finance, HR, Legal, and Compliance functions. In June 2017, he also began utilizing his artistic passions to oversee Communications (Packaging Design, Website, Social Media, Digital Marketing) for the company. Doug’s current role is Chief Strategy Officer, overseeing Finance & Marketing, along with the strategic initiatives of Revolution Brewing.

Prior to joining Revolution, Doug was the second hire into the Reyes Holdings Internal Audit Department in 2009 after spending two years in KPMG’s Audit, Risk & Assurance practice, followed by two years at Huron Consulting Group in their Financial & Economic Consulting practice. Over the course of 8 years, Doug evolved the Reyes Holdings Internal Audit department from a team of 2 to 12, while regularly placing members into leadership roles around the company. Doug was promoted to Internal Audit Manager in 2012 and Director/Head of Internal Audit in 2014.

Doug earned his bachelor’s in business administration, with a double major in accounting and economics, from the University of Richmond in 2004. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.

Meet the Host

Randy Crabtree, CPA

Randy Crabtree

Randy Crabtree, co-founder and partner of Tri-Merit Specialty Tax Professionals, is a widely followed author, lecturer and podcast host for the accounting profession.

Since 2019, he has hosted the “The Unique CPA,” podcast, which ranks among the world’s 5% most popular programs (Source: Listen Score). You can find articles from Randy in Accounting Today’s Voices column, the AICPA Tax Adviser (Tax-saving opportunities for the housing and construction industries) and he is a regular presenter at conferences and virtual training events hosted by CPAmerica, Prime Global, Leading Edge Alliance (LEA), Allinial Global and several state CPA societies. Crabtree also provides continuing professional education to top 100 CPA firms across the country.

Schaumburg, Illinois-based Tri-Merit is a niche professional services firm that specializes in helping CPAs and their clients benefit from R&D tax credits, cost segregation, the energy efficient commercial buildings deduction (179D), the energy efficient home credit (45L) and the employee retention credit (ERC).

Prior to joining Tri-Merit, Crabtree was managing partner of a CPA firm in the greater Chicago area. He has more than 30 years of public accounting and tax consulting experience in a wide variety of industries, and has worked closely with top executives to help them optimize their tax planning strategies.