John Garrett on Being More Than Your Job

In business, especially in the world of accounting, people are often boiled down to billable hours, expertise—what they can bring to a firm—but not who they really are. Emmy nominated writer, comedian, and “Catalyst for Corporate Change“ John Garrett, himself a podcast host and author of What’s Your “And”?, talks to Randy about the importance of having interests, hobbies and passions outside of work. He explains how finding your “And” makes you a better professional, how firms have a responsibility to create better workplaces by honoring their employees’ “And”s, and how for him, everyone is a Unique CPA.

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About the Guest

Profile photo of John Garrett John Garrett, catalyst for corporate culture change, is trained as a CPA, having graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1998 with a degree in Accountancy. But after spending time at PriceWaterhouseCoopers as an internal auditor and in pharmacy/healthcare with multiple firms, John stepped away from the accounting world to pursue his passion for comedy full time.

He followed up his comedy career by transitioning into consulting, where he helps organizations create a stronger culture based on their true differentiator—their people. He hosts the What’s Your “And”? Podcast, which he started in 2015, which now has over 400 episodes. He also wrote a book of the same name that was published in 2020.

A nationally recognized speaker and emcee, John can be heard on several channels on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Pandora performing his debut comedy album, Outside the Box. He’s also been heard on The Bob & Tom Radio Network, featured in The New York Times, seen in concert with Train, opened for Louie Anderson at resort casinos, and has been invited to perform at several comedy festivals.

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.