Options to Help Firms Thrive

Randy talks with Alan Deichler, president of CPAmerica, about the importance for CPA firms to join associations and networks such as CPAmerica and CPA Connect. They discuss the opportunities these organizations provide for firms to share resources, clients, referrals, knowledge, and more—and most importantly, to build relationships and community.

Important Links

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About the Guest

Alan Deichler is the president of CPAmerica, Inc., a Top-10 accounting organization made up of independent certified public accounting firms. Since joining the organization in September 2009, he has led the expansion of the association of mid-tiered accounting firms in the United States by implementing a corporate philosophy of service, organization and consistency within the association.

Top accomplishments include development of CPAmerica’s strategic vision built on four key goals of member expectation: to continuously improve; to make more money; to strengthen relationships among member firms; and to bring prestige to firms both domestically and internationally. Deichler guided the development of many successful special interest groups, including the International Group, Client Accounting Services, the Large Firm Group, Next Generation, New Leading Partners, Valuation and Litigation Services, and the New Partner Group.

Prior to joining CPAmerica, Deichler has had an extensive career in management, business development and marketing. Experience in services including support of the accounting profession and technology with both software and hardware expertise.

Other previous positions include associate director with Ernst & Young, LLP, where he was responsible for business development and coaching partners in the firm’s southwestern region, international expansion of business partner growth with sales performance consulting firm Acclivus Corporation, and multiple management positions at IBM.

Deichler holds a B.S. in Management from Jacksonville University.

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.