The Journey Back from Stroke with Rich Kane

Episode 132 of The Unique CPA features an inspiring conversation with Rich Kane about his experience surviving a stroke at a young age. Rich talks to Randy about his harrowing stroke story and recovery journey, including the lingering effects it’s had on his daily life and career. Both of them discuss the emotional impact the stroke has had on their lives. For accounting professionals, this episode highlights the real-life challenges stroke survivors face and promotes greater awareness of risk factors, with Randy and Rich discussing how to identify stroke symptoms through the BE FAST acronym. Overall, it’s an insightful look at overcoming adversity through the lens of two stroke survivor CPAs.

Important Links

Rich Kane on LinkedIn

Rich Kane on Facebook

Stroke Survivors Empowering Each Other

American Stroke Association

About the Guest

Richard Kane, CPA, is a client accounting and tax specialist and a member of the QuickBooks Pro Advisory Group. He has been honored by Intuit for being a QuickBooks Pro Advisor for over 25 years, and has been a Top 100 QuickBooks Pro Advisor for six years running. He suffered a stroke at the age of 44 and has a remarkable story of recovery.

Rich currently serves as the Director of Business Services for Northshore Professional Group in Northbrook, Illinois, a role he has served in since 2019. 


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.