What does helping people in Guatemala have to do with accounting in Portland, Oregon? The answer is NOTHING!
So, why would my employer Morris + D’Angelo support my traveling to Guatemala? When I was hired by Morris + D’Angelo in San Jose to open and expand their office in Portland Oregon, I expected to have a “typical” retail space someplace where potential customers could come and get advice and counsel about their taxes. However, that’s not typically all we do at Morris + D’Angelo. While it’s true, we help our customers solve their specific tax ...
Seldom do our Customers hire us because of what we do or how we do it
At Morris+D'Angelo, We look for Customers that fit within our “Why”
At Morris + D’Angelo we pride ourselves on providing Freedom and Liberty for our customers; the ability for you and your families to expand and explore and engage the way they want to engage with limited interference to choose and attain their personal goals.
We also believe that entrepreneurs are the continuing factor to our strong future in the world. Family entrepreneurs are very special because they are often multi-ge...
Generally speaking we all desire the same outcomes and benefits. Our processes are different. Politicians desire robust economies with happy, healthy, and enriched citizens free of conflicts and stress. Business leaders desire robust economies with happy, healthy, and enriched citizens that are willing and able to purchase their products and services.
I recently became a member of the Portland Business Alliance (Portland Chamber of Commerce) and the Oregon Business Council in the Organizations’ annual pilgrimage to Washington, DC to meet with our elected officials ...
I Believe That It Is Important to Ask Questions Toward Clarity
Often, it takes two halves to make a whole
A couple of weeks ago I came across a heartfelt open letter from Julianna Wiegand, Owner of Make Cents Make Sense, LLC in New Orleans (http://www.MakeCentsMakeSense.com) in “Accounting Today, January 2018” “She dared to ask “Why”?”
As the Chief Dragon Slayer at Morris+D’Angelo, I know first-hand the browbeating “We-Who-Question-Others” often receive.
First, our overall Accounting profession is far better (as it relates to people) ...
As savings decline and consumer debt increases, the likelihood of future reductions in consumer demand will send shockwaves through the business economy as production will shrink, employment will decline, and recessionary impacts will further reduce consumer confidence. This will impact construction spending and manufacturing investments leading to a downward cycle until we hit a solid core and time allows an economic healing.
Looking ahead, we believe the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will certainly modify people’s behaviors as companies determine how their revised cash ...
I’m finally on my way home to be with my wife and family over the Holidays and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been on the road traveling it seems this last 2017 Business Quarter almost nonstop.
I often feel like the famed American journalist Charles Kuralt. Kuralt's "On the Road" segments like my travels have had its peaks and valleys. There are vast moments of “discovery” and “amazement” and the accompanying frustration and stress (you can’t have one without the other). Traveling alone I am comforted with patterns and systems. Travelling with my ...
What are some of the things we should be thinking about?
It will have hills and valleys and undulations and peaks, vistas, views and frustration
We are a $20-Trillion economy; it’s difficult to model this
We have obligations that we want to support, but we have to fund them
We have a lot of demands on infrastructure
What about civic services and humanities?
This is a topic that’s been top-of-mind for us at Morris+D’Angelo for quite some time now. Here’s what we could reasonably know at this point in the discussion. Remember, beyond the uncertainty ...
It’s All About the Human Touch and how we connect with People
Business is People: the Customer Experience and Keeping Commitments
Sometimes business leadership means making difficult decisions that might seem to marginalize or shirk responsibilities at “World Headquarters” but pay large dividends for all down the road.
Last week, before our Company Retreat and October’s looming tax deadline, I had to leave for an overseas trip to London at the dismay of my fellow colleagues.
We Serve Global Markets: It’s Tough to Be Me Sometimes
In an era of the ...
Classical economics is built on the assumption that people make rational decisions based on the desire to increase their economic well-being.
In some groups where I participate, we are reminded of an ongoing conflict between our internal Mr. Spock and our Homer Simpson.
Spock is logical, rational, and predictably boring. If we were all Mr. Spock there would be no need for traffic cameras because everybody would be on their best behavior and follow the traffic rules. There would be no need for welfare and government aid as we would each be responsible for each ...