PAUL BRYANT:
 
PAUL BRYANT




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Partner at Plante & Moran, PLLC in Southfield. Bryant joined Plante & Moran, the nationís 12th largest certified public accounting and business advisory firm, in 1993 and was named a partner in 2007. He has risen through the ranks and specializes in providing assurance, tax, and business consulting services to clients in the manufacturing and distribution, education, government, and not-for-profit industries, and also has extensive experience in A-133 single-audit compliance. Bryant serves as a mentor and resource to his co-workers through accounting and diversity initiatives. As a member of the firmís Single-Audit Compliance Team, he provides training to staff and functions as a resource for newer staff. He is also a founding member of Plante & Moranís Diversity Council, created in 2004 to guide the firm toward long-term success and growth by identifying opportunities to engender a thriving and diverse environment. Under his leadership, the council developed a strategic plan; diversity related guidelines for the firm; diversity awareness workshops for staff; and increased campus recruiting efforts. A member of the National Association of Black Accountants, Bryant received its 2009 National Achievement in Public Accounting award, recognizing him for going above and beyond as an accounting professional. Earlier this year, Bryant was named to the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountantsí board of directors. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and serves as chair of the Academy of Finance, Golightly Vocational Center in Detroit. Bryant received his bachelorís degree in business administration from Eastern Michigan University.


WHERE BORN: "Highland Park."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "Ronald Eckstein. Heís one of the group managing partners at Plante & Moran. Heís taken an interest in my career. Heís like a father figure, he can get on you and circle back and make sure youíre moving forward."

LAST BOOK READ: "Peaks and Valleys by Spencer Johnson, the same author who wrote Who Moved My Cheese?Ē

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Caring, persistent, determined."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "Itís moving away from compliance to a more advisory form. People want people they can talk to, not just a compliance officer that comes in and leaves. They need someone who can really help their business instead of submitting an audit and leaving."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "My BlackBerry, just having everything in one spot Ė addresses, emails. My wife says Iím addicted."

FAVORITE PLACE: "Marthaís Vineyard near Boston. Iíve had a chance to go the last couple of years and do nothing."

FAVORITE HOBBIES: "I collect college sweatshirts. I enjoy visiting different campuses so I make sure I get something when I visit."

FAVORITE FOOD: "Pizza Ė it doesnít matter if itís sophisticated or cheap. I love pizza."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "I play the saxophone. Iím shocking my daughter because sheís just started playing this year and didnít realize that I play."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "As someone who always held a door open to other people so they had an outlet and someone to talk to, to try to help them out."


At the annual awards reception in May 2015, one Leader & Innovator from the previous 12 months will be selected as the Leader & Innovator of the Year.