Hello! I’m Nick Farr and I’m thrilled to join the Kroon & Mitchell team. It’s been a great first month getting to know our firm’s clients, processes and culture. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself on our blog and share a little bit about my background and what I hope to bring to the firm.
I grew up in Grand Rapids, graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Social Science and came back to town to earn my MBA from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I moved out to Washington DC and went to work for the CDFI Fund of the US Treasury Department. From there, I took an opportunity with McKinsey & Company’s DC practice which led to other roles with several NGOs in the Mid-Atlantic region in various accounting and consulting positions.
My work with various startups in the 3D Printing, Blockchain and High Frequency Trading spaces brought me to New York City. Between those startup exits, I studied for and passed the CPA Exam, hoping to get experience in Public Accounting with a CPA firm. I knew I wanted to work for a firm where my diverse experiences could be put to good use for entrepreneurial clients. As I saw in industry, larger accounting firms employ narrowly focused specialists that can often miss the bigger picture for their clients. Smaller accounting firms tend to miss advances in technology or practice strategy. My goal was to work for a smaller firm that strikes the right balance between client service and a focus on the future.
Throughout my career, I’ve helped businesses streamline and automate their accounting and finance processes. I see entrepreneurs focusing too much time on the raw process of their financials and not enough on analysis and value creation. Thanks to cloud accounting, now every business owner has access to the same tools used by Fortune 500 companies for automating accounting and getting business analytics from their accounting data. As a Certified Advanced Quickbooks Online ProAdvisor, I enjoy showing clients how to best deploy these tools to save time, work smarter and stay in touch with the financials from anywhere.
It’s been rewarding to work alongside Amy and Art, two of the nicest professionals you’ll ever meet. I’m amazed at Art’s deep knowledge and experience and look forward to each set of notes and insights I get from him during each engagement. What’s great about the firm is that our clients have direct access to the tremendous experience of the team along with the integrity to provide exactly the right services and advice needed to achieve the client’s goals.