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Ryan Goodbary, CPA

Risk Assurance Advisory

You’ll fall on your face. Get back up, move forward.

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Bio

Meet Ryan

Using a collaborative approach to client service, Ryan specializes in insurance, tech (SaaS) and manufacturing audits. He helps clients of all sizes and across a wide range of industries meet their SOC 1, 2 and 3 reporting requirements while also providing assurance and auditing services.

From small startups to corporations with more than $8 billion in revenue, Ryan identifies gaps in his clients’ processes and controls to help them optimize their efficiency and reduce overall risk. Ryan places a strong emphasis on aligning technology with organizational objectives to provide high-quality value-added services to CFOs, CIOs, controllers, board members and audit committees.

Ryan is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, where he earned his B.S. in accounting.

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Experience

Professional History

Associations

  • Iowa Society of CPAs (IACPA)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA)
  • Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)

Education

  • California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo

Q&A

Q. What do you predict the future will look like for clients in the industries you serve?
Automation is one of the biggest shifts for the clients that I serve. It helps them reduce risk, increase efficiency and set up monitoring tools. As a strategic advisor, I focus on best practices and education. I find the places where we can eliminate manual processes to streamline their workflows and keep them compliant.
Q. What is the toughest decision you have ever made?
Out of college, I felt pressure from professors and classmates to join a Big Four accounting firm. But I had a gut feeling that I would enjoy myself more at Armanino. And I’m still here today, so it was obviously the right decision for me.
Q. Describe your work style.
I like to give people room to learn, while offering daily check-ins and constant communication so they know I’m there to support them.
Q. Who is (or was) the most influential person in your life?
My parents. My dad was superintendent of a plumbing company and, from middle school through all high school, I spent my summers working with him. He would wake me up at 3:30 a.m. and drop me off at the job site. I knew I didn’t want to do that for a living, but it gave me great appreciation and respect for hard work. My mom was a real estate agent. After many years of that work, she transitioned to doing real estate for Habitat for Humanity. To me, this is a great example of making a career out of the work that gives you personal satisfaction.
Q. If you could pass on a nugget of wisdom to aspiring accountants or consultants, what would that be?
When you’re starting out, you may feel like you don’t know anything. But that honestly doesn’t matter, because you’re going to learn a lot on the go. What matters is that you look at the big picture and take it one day at a time.
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