Everyone is looking for instant success, but it doesn’t work that way. You build a successful life one day at a time.
Describe the best thing about Green Hasson Janks and why it matters to you.
I love the opportunities the firm provides to me as an entrepreneur. It constantly requires me to change and adapt to market conditions and trends. By living as an entrepreneur, I am able to better understand the challenges and opportunities our clients face.
What makes you get up in the morning, and how does it impact your work style?
My children, the most important things in my life! Being a good father is paramount to everything I do and creating flexibility in my schedule and using technology allows me to be more of a father and husband while still giving a full commitment to the firm.
If you could go back in time, what would you do differently and why?
I would have taken my career more seriously in my 20’s. I had viewed it as a job more than an experience to grow and learn both personally and professionally.
What/who influenced you to join the firm, and how?
The people. I have been at the firm for over 20 years and, from day 1, it was the people; their generosity, respect and positivity.
What is your proudest professional moment, and why?
I don’t recall the specific moment, but it was the pride and satisfaction my parents had in my achievements. They made many sacrifices for my sister and I, and our successes are their greatest joy.
What is your favorite quote that best describes your professional philosophy?
“Everyone is looking for instant success, but it doesn’t work that way. You build a successful life one day at a time.” Lou Holtz
Where do you see the profession heading, and what innovations can we anticipate?
The profession will continue to be challenged with the talent wars. The use of technology and continual process innovation will be needed to increase productivity. Location and time will be irrelevant.
If I weren’t an accountant/consultant, I’d be a __________________. Why?
Database Architect or Analyst. I am fascinated by data and the stories it can tell.
Tom Barry, CPA, believes in building a successful life one day at a time. He does that by leveraging technology to create a flexible schedule that allows him to be a father and husband in addition to fully committing to his career at Green Hasson Janks, where he has worked since 1997. Tom’s role as Managing Partner of Green Hasson Janks is a combination of entrepreneur, partner, consultant, mentor and business advisor.
Additionally, with more than 20 years of public accounting experience, Tom provides audit and accounting, tax and general business consulting services to clients in a variety of industries including waste management and recycling, manufacturing, distribution and the restaurant industry. Tom is regularly involved in transaction advisory services for clients looking to buy or sell businesses and has worked on dozens of transactions. In addition to leading the Firm’s Waste and Recycling Practice.
Tom is also an active member of YPO Santa Monica and is currently Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee. He is also Chairman of the Accounting Advisory Board for Loyola Marymount University.
When Tom is not working, you will find spending time with his wife and four children. He is also an avid fisherman. He has launched the Firm’s concept of #BeMore, which encourages members of the firm to live their best lives, professionally and personally.
Due to his leadership both at Green Hasson Janks and the community at large, Tom was recognized in 2018 by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of LA’s 500 most influential people in business.
Tom is a graduate of Villanova University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. He has received a master’s in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of CPAs and serves on the Loyola Marymount University Accounting Advisory Board.
Favorite place in the world:
On a fishing boat
My current playlist includes Public Enemy, The Grateful Dead, Black Sabbath and Ben Folds. Try to figure me out!
Favorite movie or book of all time:
Band of Brothers, Sopranos
One word that best describes me:
When I’m not working, you’ll catch me doing this:
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For many, the holidays are a time to convene with family and recharge our energy. We reflect on our gratitude for one another, and the clients we serve. And we gear up for inspiration to move into the year ahead, with a renewed commitment to one another. With this in mind, Green Hasson Janks has provided our people with a week off between Christmas and New Year’s Day for the last five years. Family is one of the core tenets of the Green Hasson Janks #BeMore philosophy, and we hope this […]
The world is changing, with new technologies making it easier to connect than ever before, and thus easier to work 24/7 with people across the globe. But while these changes mean great things for business, they also mean traditional companies need to change their mindset to compete against more progressive business models for the limited talent pool available. The paradigm shift that is occurring, and must continue, is what inspired our #BeMore culture here at Green Hasson Janks. We realized […]
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I went on vacation in early April for a week. There, I said it. It had been a secret I had been carrying around the office for months. I even felt guilty about it. The few people I even mentioned it to looked at me with bewilderment. But that’s not where it ends. I had the gall to not work in the office a single weekend in February, March and April. Have I gone crazy? Am I looking to lose my job? NO!!! I just finally realized that for me to #BeMore I had to take greater control of my schedule […]
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