Succession Planning CPA Style

The famous author Henry David Thoreau has been quoted time and time again for saying “things do not change, we change.” Many less famous people have referred to change as “passing the baton or the changing of the guard or a passing from generation to generation.” CPAs call it succession planning.

This week, just that kind of succession planning occurred at Anders when Robert J. Minkler, Jr., the second youngest partner in our firm, was elected Chairman of the Anders Executive Committee by his partners.

The move is significant. Robert is the first ever Chairman of this committee, which was formed in 2004 to lead the firm’s operational and strategic initiatives. He became a member of the Executive Committee in 2007 when he replaced his father Robert J. Minkler, Sr., CPA, as the third voting member.

Robert represents a new generation. Earlier this year, he was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2009. Forty-four years young, Anders is a firm with a young staff, positioned for growth as clients look for new, bright ideas, balanced by a great technical and service-minded base. Robert has been elected to lead those efforts.

He is not alone, other members of the Anders Executive Committee assisting him are Thomas E. Hilton MS, CPA/ABV, ASA, CVA and Michael J. Evans, CPA. Minkler, Sr. remains on the committee as a Member Emeritus.

Anders’s position statement is “based on tradition, focused on the future.” That’s never been more accurate than today.