The man of the hour for this edition of #EPGDShiningStar is a very close friend of the firm, Brian George of CALAS Group. So close, his office is literally next to/within ours!
As always, let’s get to know Brian professionally before we delve into the personal questions! Here’s a brief Bio on Brian. To read the rest, you can click here.
Brian A. George is the Managing Partner of CALAS Group LLC, a globally recognized Accounting and Financial Services firm, located in Coral Gables, FL. A 20+ year veteran of the industry, he specializes in providing accounting and advisory services to a number of closely-held businesses and non-profit organizations. Mr. George has dealt with a wide range of business operations, including hotel, manufacturers, contractors, wholesale and retail operations, and other service organizations. As the Managing Partner, Mr. George has overall responsibility for achieving CALAS Group’s goals and growth plans. In addition, as the Managing Partner, Mr. George has ultimate responsibility for employee and client satisfaction for CALAS Group.
Mr. George is a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and is a Certified Financial Manager. He has served as an officer in many charitable and business organizations and proudly serves as Officer within United States Army Reserve.
Before we get to the fun questionnaire, EPGD Law would like to take a moment to say Thank You Brian. For fighting and protecting our country. Your service is greatly appreciated.
With that said, let’s get to peel the layers back a bit and find out who Brian is outside of the office!
1. What, or who, are you a “closet” fan of?
Big fan of 90 alternative music. Pearl Jam – seen them in concert 4 times
2. What is the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time?
Game Boom Beach. It’s my escape every chance I get.
3. What is the most annoying question that people ask you?
As a military reservist and AFG Veteran; Did you kill anyone? (always a terrible question).
4. Name two things you consider yourself to be very good at.
Snow skiing (yes born/living in wrong place) & Making fun of myself.
5.What’s a favorite family memory that has stuck with you into your adult life? Why?
Snow skiing in Steamboat, Colorado. This was a 2x a year trip and it was probably the last major thing we ever did collectively as a family – they were a real blast and it was before cell phones/ipads. It’s a real shame we kids all grew up and we went our separate ways; life took over.
6. What would you do with your “15 minutes” of fame?
Probably something silly like trip on stage while receiving an award.
7. Have you ever won anything? What was it?
My wife and daughter. They both have put up with my schedule, non-stop work habits and army deployments.
8. Who would you choose to be your mentor, if you had the choice?
So I have been lucky always to be working with role models such as my father, Henry George, and Senior Partner Michael Shlachtman. Both have taught me the power of patience and perspective beyond technical accounting skills – both have also been there to quickly call me out on my BS.
9. What’s your most significant current challenge?
Finding enough qualified and capable staff members.
Thank you so much to Brian George for taking the time out of his intense schedule to grace us with some wonderful and real answers.
If you’d like to contact Brian directly, he may be reached at email@example.com
This is #EPGDLaw signing off!