Honoring his visionary approach to and respected leadership for the accounting industry, Jeff Phillips, the CEO of Padgett, has been named to the exclusive Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting list compiled by Accounting Today.
This annual, prestigious report includes several prominent leaders in the accounting industry and tax policy, including U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden; Tracey Golden, chair of the American Institute of CPAs; Sasan Goodarzi, the CEO of Intuit; Sen. Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; and outgoing U.S. Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin.
“It’s an honor to be featured again as one of the Most Influential leaders on Accounting Today’s annual list, particularly given the brilliant minds and respected leaders that were included,” Phillips said. “I’m inspired by the passion of Padgett’s local accountants, CPAs and tax professionals for helping us grow into a thriving modern firm and their willingness to innovate so that Padgett can deliver new services to our thousands of clients.”
Phillips was selected because of his leadership on how remote work can transform the industry, particularly given the disruptions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through his prior work as founder of Accountingfly, he has long been an advocate for hiring and training remote workers to attract the best talent and drive future business growth.
At Padgett, he has helped guide the company’s transition to accommodate increased remote work opportunities given the safety concerns stemming from the pandemic. As a result, the company has been able to provide a unique level of expertise and unrivaled support for its network of more than 300 offices across the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, Padgett shifted several of its conferences, events and trainings to virtual platforms, including a recent tax seminar in November that drew greater attendance and participation than previous in-person ones.
Phillips, who previously was included on the list during his tenure as CEO of Accountingfly, joins Roger Harris, Dan Sautner and Les Shapiro as representatives from the company who have been featured on Accounting Today’s Most Influential list.