Hall, Kistler & Company – “Walk net” – The importance for a CPA to communicate

By S. Franklin Arner, CPA, Partner

Every year, aside from my role as a CPA and partner at Hall, Kistler & Company, I sit in as a guest lecturer for an auditing class at a university in our area. As I wrap up the class I always try to give the potential future CPAs sitting in front of me some practical advice from someone who has been in the accounting profession for over 30 years. The one tidbit that elicits the most discussion is my use of the “walk net”. They look at me a little strange and then I explain. The “walk net” is where I get out of my chair, walk down the hall to the office or cubicle of my colleagues and we discuss in person the matter at hand. I then go on to explain how important it is for a CPA in the accounting profession to know how to verbally communicate with their peers as well as the clients being serviced. The communication tools we have today vs. 30 years ago are amazing, however there is nothing like face-to-face verbal communication. Whether you are a CPA or work in another profession, I encourage you to consider the “walk net” as a communication tool that will never go out of style.

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About Franklin Arner

Franklin is the Audit Partner at Hall, Kistler & Company and has been with the firm since 2002. Prior to that he was with a local accounting firm for 15 years. He is skilled in providing consulting, auditing, tax and accounting services for closely held companies. He has experience with companies involved in various kinds of manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, construction activities, and not-for-profit organizations. His experience includes the audit and review of privately held entities, tax and business consulting services for closely held companies, and individual income tax preparation and planning with emphasis on S Corporations. Franklin currently serves as the BKR International Americas Region (Canada, the United States and Latin America) Manufacturing Committee Chair, is a member of the Ohio Manufacturers Association and sits on the Finance Committee of the Stark Development Board. He is on the Advisory Board of the Accounting and Finance Department of Stark State College

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