Leading the Way with Kenji Kuramoto

On Episode 84 of The Unique CPA, Randy Crabtree welcomes Kenji Kuramoto, CEO and founder of Acuity. Kenji follows on from Matthew May’s appearance last week, as the two of them are co-hosts of the Drink While You Think podcast, which Randy has also appeared as a guest on them. Randy and Kenji talk about what makes Acuity unique in the accounting space, including a plethora of information on how to maximize your accounting firm’s revenue and profitability, and with a focus on technology.

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About the Guest

Kenji Kuramoto is the CEO and founder of Acuity. Acuity builds and maintains financial functions for thousands of companies with a full range of financial solutions from high-level strategic financial counsel through its fractional CFO practice, all the way to virtualized bookkeeping and tax services. Acuity has been named one of Accounting Today’s Top Firms For Technology and Top Firms To Work For.

Kenji also co-founded Acuity Invests, which makes seed-level investments in Accounting Technology, SaaS, FinTech, and Crypto companies. Prior to Acuity, he was the CFO of an Inc 5000 tech company and worked in the assurance practice at Arthur Andersen.

Kenji has served as a board member or advisor for The Entrepreneurs Organization, Staplehouse Restaurant (a subsidiary of The Giving Kitchen), Refuge Coffee, the Xero Partner Advisory Counsel, the Gusto Partner Advisory Counsel, and the FreshBooks Partner Advisory Counsel. He has an accounting degree from Wake Forest University and was The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40, a TIE Top Entrepreneur, and a Hubdoc Top 50 Cloud Accountant.

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.