Getting Your Life Back with Doug Brown

On episode 55 of The Unique CPA, Randy is joined by Doug Brown of Summit Success International. Doug and Summit specialize in helping professionals and businesses take control of their workflow and time in order to better serve their clients, their employees and coworkers, and themselves. Randy focuses his questions around burnout, and Doug shares his considerable insights, including a number of useful takeaways.

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About the Guest

Doug Brown, J.D. is an Executive Coach and Chief Learning Officer at Summit Success International, which aims to help entrepreneurs and business professionals grow and scale their businesses in a sustainable, healthy way.

Doug works with successful executives and professionals to help them achieve more while reducing stress and the potential for burnout through time and workflow management, delegation strategies, successful marketing, and the use of operations and technological tools, all with the aim of taking stress and pressure off his clients.

Doug has a long entrepreneurial and legal career, having worked both as a law firm partner and as in-house corporate counsel, as well as serving as the Executive Director of the Connecticut Bar Association. He earned his Juris Doctorate from American University in 1991, graduating cum laude.

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.