Spotlight on Partner Compensation with Kristen Rampe

On episode 42 of The Unique CPA, Randy welcomes Kristen Rampe, whose company, Rampe Consulting, specializes in vital big picture issues for firms, including partner compensation, partner agreements, and strategic retreat facilitation. Kristen discusses the importance of getting these elements right in order to boost partner trust, accountability, and promote fairness from within a firm’s structure.

Important Links

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About the Guest

Kristen Rampe is the Founder and Principal at Rampe Consulting. She started her career in public accounting and spent ten years helping companies report their financial results and comply with regulations. In 2011, she switched tracks to serve the CPA industry as a management consultant by founding Rampe Consulting. She’s been awarded Woman to Watch by the California Society of CPAs/AICPA, 20 Under 40 by CPA Practice Advisor, and Ones to Watch (part of the Top 100 Most Influential list) by Accounting Today.

Today Kristen works with progressive CPA firm leaders and teams on projects such as partner compensation, partner agreements, individual coaching, workshops and strategic retreat facilitation.

When not working with the accounting industry, you can find Kristen spending time with her family, enjoying the outdoors, or taking improv classes.

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.