The Future Is Now with Blake Oliver

Blake Oliver joins Randy Crabtree on Episode 72 of The Unique CPA. The founder of Earmark CPE, Blake pieced together the seemingly disparate ideas of podcasts—a world to which he contributes via co-hosting the Cloud Accounting podcast—and CPE, utilizing his skills in web design, tech, and business building to bring free CPE to accountants nationwide. Plus, The Unique CPA has joined the Earmark family! So now you too can earn CPE by listening!

Important Links

Earmark CPE

The Cloud Accounting Podcast

Blake Oliver on Twitter

Blake Oliver on LinkedIn

About the Guest

Blake Oliver, CPA, is an accountant, entrepreneur, and podcaster who specializes in technology. He is one of Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People and has been named a 40 Under 40 in the accounting profession by CPA Practice Advisor. Blake is the creator of Earmark CPE, an app that offers NASBA-approved CPE for listening to your favorite accounting and tax podcasts. He also co-hosts the Cloud Accounting Podcast, a Top 50 Business News show on the Apple charts and the most popular podcast for accountants and bookkeepers in the world.

Blake lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he likes to hike in the winter and swim in the summer.

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.