On episode 68 of The Unique CPA, Randy talks to president and managing partner of GRF CPAs & Advisors, Jackie Cardello, about issues in the accounting industry like hiring and retaining employees, remaining diverse and inclusive, and the intimidating effects of social media.

Important Links

Jackie Cardello on LinkedIn

GRF CPAs & Advisors

About the Guest

Jackie Cardello is president and managing partner of GRF CPAs & Advisors. She has been in the accounting industry for over two decades. Cardello is passionate about recruitment of younger people into the accounting industry, especially by promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.




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.