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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Music-loving accounting
                                                                                                                                                                                                       professionals March to a different

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Members of cover band Roshambo joke around before a recent performance at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Brookfield.

By Cynthia M. Hodnett

  Members of Roshambo entertain the crowd.                                                             Ethan Bach serenades the crowd on saxophone.

                             H      ow do six professionals from accounting and business unplug
                                    after a long day at work?
                                They find work-life balance on the stage as members of the local
                                                                                                       you want background music. We are the
                                                                                                       band you hire to have a good time and
                                                                                                       dance to.”
                             cover band, Roshambo.                                                        According to Smith and the band’s
                                “I used to tell people — when they asked about the things I do —       promotional materials, the group initially
                             that I’m in a band,” said Carver Smith, CPA, SPHR and vice president      formed under different name, The Poten-
                             of professionals in executive recruitment and search at Wegner and        tials. The Potentials were formed when a
                             Associates in Milwaukee.                                                  couple of friends, including Smith, attend-
                                “People who know me well aren’t surprised,” said Smith, a vocalist     ing University of Wisconsin–Madison,
                             and drummer in the band. “Those who don’t are surprised, I think,         performed at a college graduation party.
                             because of the stereotypical reasons that exist about CPAs. I think you   The band continued to perform at festi-
                                                                                                                                                           photography by shelly wittstock orlandini

                             see a lot of accountants who break down the stereotypes these days.”      vals, bars, weddings and corporate events
                                Roshambo performs popular songs from the last 40 years includ-         in Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago.
                             ing “Vertigo” by U2, “A Little Less Conversation” by Elvis Presley           The Potentials performed six more
                             and “Mustang Sally” by Wilson Pickett. The band performs at various       years before disbanding. After establishing
                             events throughout the year including festivals, corporate parties and     successful corporate careers and playing in
                             Summerfest.                                                               several reunion shows, members decided
                                “We play songs that have high energy, that people can listen to and    to get back together.
                             dance to,” he said. “We don’t want to be the band you hire because

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   Reuniting also meant choosing a new         they organize a special performance for their families and friends.
name for the band. The group selected
Roshambo, which is also the name of the
                                                  “We’ve been able to maintain deep friendships with people we re-
                                               ally care about, plus it’s cool for our families to get together and see us
                                                                                                                                                                                          laugh your Way uP the corPorate ladder
common game of Rock, Paper, Scissors.          perform,” Bach said.                                                                                                                       A good sense of humor can be a profes-                  them to see humor in everyday items
   The group had difficulty with com-                                                                                                                                                     sional catalyst, according to Robert Half               and situations. If you exhibit a good
ing up with a new name until one of the          CYNTHIA M. HODNETT is editor of On Balance magazine. She can                                                                             International Inc., a specialized financial             sense of humor, it’s likely you’re fairly
members suggested that they “roshambo”         be reached at 262-785-0445 ext. 3004 or cynthia@wicpa.org.                                                                                 recruiting service. How? Here are a few                 creative, are able to approach challenges
                                                                                                                                                                                          ways levity can help your career:                       from different angles and have an open
for it, Smith said. Besides a new name, the
band also added several members. Every                                                                                                                                                    •	 People enjoy working with you. Us-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               •	 You help relieve stress. You’ve probably
member has been involved in music in                                                                                                                                                         ing humor is one of the best ways to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  heard the phrase, “Laughter is the best
some capacity for nearly 25 years, he said.                                                                                                                                                  enhance your relationships with others.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  medicine.” This advice is especially true
   “I never took a formal (drum) lesson,”
said Smith, who began playing the instru-
                                                        “the fact that it’s such a                                                                                                           Working with someone who’s fun to be
                                                                                                                                                                                             around feels good and tends to make the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  on the job as well. The workplace gets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  stressful, and humor is very effective at
                                                                                                                                                                                             day go by more quickly. When people
ment in college. “I had been watching oth-
ers and it was something that came fairly
                                                       diversion froM My day job                                                                                                             enjoy themselves, it builds rapport and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  relieving that tension. If you are able to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  feel at ease during pressure-filled situa-
                                                                                                                                                                                             camaraderie among team members.
natural to me.”
   While skills such as networking, team-
                                                       is what i love about it the                                                                                                        •	 You think more creatively. Comedians
                                                                                                                                                                                             are observant and look at the world a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tions, you’re more likely to work through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the task at hand in an efficient manner
work and creativity are typically associ-
ated with the workplace, they also come
                                                       Most. i play the guitar for                                                                                                           little differently than most, seeing things
                                                                                                                                                                                             a lot of people overlook. This allows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and help others who are frustrated by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the challenge overcome it.
into play during the band’s rehearsals and
                                                    45 Minutes. that’s 45 Minutes
                                                                                                                                         Wrensch moves into neW                           porate Social Responsibility award from       review of the firm’s quality control system.
   “Back when I was serious about being
a musician, I was doing a lot of impro-
                                                     where My Mind is in the zone                                                        Johnson creek office, Joins                      PR News at its annual Corporate Social
                                                                                                                                                                                          Responsibility Awards luncheon at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The PCAOB inspections are required for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        accounting firms registered with the Board,
                                                                                                                                         chamber of commerce
visation where you are operating off the
music that is in front of you,” said Ethan
                                                    and where i can do soMething                                                         Richard J. Wrensch, CPA recently moved to
                                                                                                                                                                                          National Press Club. The AICPA received
                                                                                                                                                                                          the award for the corporate citizenship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and are used to assess compliance with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the rules of the
                                                                                                                                         a new location in Johnson Creek and joined
D. Bach, partner at Virchow, Krause &
Company, LLP in Chicago and band
                                                        that i really love to do.”                                                       the Johnson Creek Chamber of Commerce,
                                                                                                                                         according to the Daily Jefferson County
                                                                                                                                                                                          efforts it initiated following the relocation
                                                                                                                                                                                          of the majority of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Board, the rules of the SEC and professional
                                                                                                                                                                                          AICPA’s operations
member. “You know that chords are play-                                                                                                  Union. Wrensch provides business/indi-
ing in background and you have play off
                                                                 - bob Quinn, executive vice president finance
                                                                                                                                         vidual tax preparation, retirement/financial
                                                                                                                                                                                          from New Jersey to               DOING YOUR OWN DENTAL WORK?
                                                     and adMinistration for the Milwaukee brewers and guitar                                                                              Durham, N.C. in 2006.
those chords.                                                                                                                            planning, and consulting.
                                                                       player in local cover band, roshaMbo.                                                                              The AICPA maintains
    “Playing in the band has given me                                                                                                                                                     offices in New York;
some ability to think on my feet and to be                                                                                               aicPa’s off-ramPing retention                    Washington, DC; Dur-
flexible,” said Bach, a vocalist who plays                                                                                               guide available                                  ham; Ewing, N.J.; and
saxophone, acoustic and electric guitar.                                                                                                 Throughout their careers, 37 percent of pro-     Lewisville, Texas.
“When you are sitting down and talking                                                                                                   fessional women will voluntarily leave their
with clients, you have to be able to com-                                                                                                jobs early, or “off-ramp”, and 30 percent will   clifton gunder-
                                                                                                                                         opt to take a flexible work arrangement,
municate and think on your feet.”                                                                                                                                                         son achieves
                                                                                                                                         leaving fewer people to do more work. To
   Most of their performances, along with
                                                                                                                                         address this issue, the AICPA Work Life &        highest marks
breaks, last about four hours. Band mem-                                                                                                                                                  on Public com-
                                                                                                                                         Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee
bers said performing provides them with                                                                                                  has created a free Guide to Building a Suc-      Pany accounting
work-life balance.
   “In my day job, there are so many
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                                                                                                                                         provides innovative ideas to build employ-       insPection
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                                                                                                                                                                                          Clifton Gunderson
multitasking,” said Bob Quinn, executive                                                                                                 connected to the organization through            has successfully              Accounting Practice Sales. We have 1000’s
vice president-finance and administra-                                                                                                   improved technology options, flexible work       completed its Public         of qualified buyers looking to buy a practice
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player in the band.                                                                                                                      cations, support systems, and suggestions
    “The fact that it’s such a diversion                                                                                                 for facilitating the on-ramping process. To
                                                                                                                                                                                          ing Oversight Board
                                                                                                                                                                                          (PCAOB) inspection,
                                                                                                                                         receive a hard copy, e-mail womensinitia-        achieving the highest               C a l l t o d a y a n d re c i e v e a F R E E M a r k e t
from my day job is what I love about it the
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most,” Quinn said. “I play the guitar for
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45 minutes. That’s 45 minutes where my
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mind is in the zone and where I can do
something that I really love to do.”
                                                                                                                                         ity aWard from Pr neWs                           deficiencies based on
                                                                                                                                         The American Institute of Certified Public       the review of audit
   Long-lasting friendships have also de-
                                                                                                                                         Accountants recently received the Cor-           engagements and
veloped among band members. Each year,                                                                                                                                                                                                     NORTH AMERICA'S LEADER IN PRACTICE SALES

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