Former pro athletes make competitive CPAs
Post Independent Contributor
Tax season is upon us. Most cringe at the thought of crunching the year’s numbers every spring, but what if you had real pros — pro athletes, that is — to ease the process?
Enter Jeremy Lederer and Tammy Jacques at CPA Solutions.
Jacques, a former professional road and mountain biker, recently joined the young local firm as a senior accountant.
“She really brings the competitive drive of an athlete to her position,” said Lederer, who took ownership of CPA Solutions in 2014. “Tammy is a very hard worker, and I knew she would be a great fit for our team.”
Lederer was able to recognize Jacques’ competitive zeal when he saw it — after all, he is a former professional athlete himself.
“I had a pretty successful college golf career, and afterward was given an offer to chase the PGA tour for a little while,” he said. Lederer graduated from Durango’s Fort Lewis College with a degree in accounting but pursued professional golf until 2008, when he switched gears and became a licensed CPA. Jacques and Lederer bonded instantly over their former athletic careers.
“When I went in for an interview with Jeremy I didn’t know that about him,” Jacques said. “But now I can really see that his background in athletics helped foster a commitment to diligence and attention to detail. We definitely had some things to talk about in regard to our sports backgrounds.”
She added, “I retired from pro cycling years ago, but before that I competed professionally around the world for about a decade.” Her travels took her to many high-profile competitions including the World Cup and National Series events. She was also named a designated alternate for the mountain biking team during the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.
Now she’s applying her degree from the University of Colorado and years of experience as a certified public accountant.
CPA Solutions, with offices in Avon and Glenwood Springs, serves a variety of clients in both Eagle and Garfield counties. Beyond these physical offices, the company has pushed to offer high-tech solutions and services the firm describes as uncommon among Western Slope accounting firms.
“It’s really interesting work,” Jacques said. “We utilize a Thomson Reuters professional suite for our tax and accounting software — it makes everything really slick. Plus the cutting edge cloud storage means that we generate pretty much zero paper waste. It’s a very ‘green’ organization.”
Lederer said the company strives to set itself apart by diverging from the practices of more traditional accounting firms.
“We don’t bill by the hour. We offer free initial consultations, and once we determine if we are a good fit for both parties,” he said, “we are able to offer clients a fixed, flat monthly fee. This helps them plan and budget without any surprises.”
With offerings such as daily bill pay, monthly reconciliations, payroll and tax prep, Lederer noted that CPA Solutions does not shy away from the full range of accounting services — large or small — and the business prides itself on strong in-house expertise.
This year, Lederer hopes to expand the company’s reach to Pitkin County.
“Our goal this year is to open a third office in Basalt,” he said. “We love working with solid small businesses and entrepreneurs — and we hope to begin serving the Pitkin area soon in addition to Garfield and Eagle counties.”
Although CPA Solutions has set its sights on working hard and expanding in 2016, its team members also strive for the all-important work-life balance that is coveted by so many Western Slopers. For both Lederer and Jacques, this means finding harmony within their busy professional schedules and the athletic pursuits they have enjoyed for years. Lederer hikes, bikes and fishes whenever away from the office, and Jacques still competes in cross country ski racing and trail running.
“With our athletic backgrounds, it can’t be all work all the time,” Lederer said with a laugh. “We have created a system that lets us work from any device, anywhere, anytime; this allows us to be extremely responsive for our clients, but also allows us to enjoy these valleys that we all love so much.”
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