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Brooke Bruns, CPA

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Brooke has more than 14 years of experience in public accounting. She provides audit and business consulting services and works extensively with clients in the nonprofit, private schools, insurance, financial services, real estate and solid waste sectors.

A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, Brooke has a B.S. in business administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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Experience

Professional History

Associations

  • California Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Education

  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Community

  • Board member, Development Executives Roundtable
Q&A
Q. What is it about the accounting or consulting profession that first drew your interest?
Honestly, I didn’t really like my accounting classes in college. But once I started working in audit, I learned that the job isn’t just rote checklists and debits and credits. Being an auditor requires teamwork, and you use logic and analytical skills to help clients solve problems.
Q. Without naming names, tell us about your favorite client and why you enjoyed working with them.
I have an insurance industry client that I’ve been working with for almost a decade. They are always changing, growing and striving to lead their industry, and it has been very interesting and rewarding to work with them through the addition of new service lines and acquisitions. We have a very collaborative, year-round relationship.
Q. Describe your work style.
Analytical, hands-on and collaborative. I dig in and really learn about an issue, then work with my team to find the simplest and best approach to solve it. I like to be out in the field, so I can answer staff questions and talk to my clients.
Q. What’s your proudest moment?
Professionally, it’s making partner. Personally, it’s climbing to the top of Huayna Picchu, the mountain that rises above Machu Picchu in Peru.
Q. Who is (or was) the most influential person in your life?
My dad. We have different views on a lot of things, but he instilled in me the importance of a strong work ethic and of always doing my best. He also taught me to be able to laugh at myself and not take myself too seriously.
Q. If you could pass on a nugget of wisdom to aspiring accountants or consultants, what would that be?
Ask questions. Really talk to your clients and work with your engagement team to understand why you’re doing something. If you understand the why, you can figure out the how.
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