Andrew C. Hayes , CPA, MBA
Partner, Audit Services Group
Andy is a Partner here at KLR. Once an intern, he has now been with the firm for over 10 years. Find out how over time, his position and career goals have evolved to align with his vision for the future and a leadership role at KLR.
How do you explain what you do to others not in the industry?
Good question. It typically depends on the audience, but generally I tell people we provide assurance to banks, investors, shareholder and stakeholders that a company’s financial statements are materially correct. I don’t usually receive too many follow-up questions, which I guess is because the other party wishes to remain awake.
Describe a typical day for you
Most days start with a train ride into the office where I catch up with any emails that I have to return or to set up (read: warn about) meetings with any colleagues to go over something when they get in to the office. Throughout the day there are various phone calls with clients, meetings, review of workpapers, relatively standard stuff. My workdays often end with a networking event which provides an avenue for me to discuss the firm and to learn about what other professionals are seeing in the marketplace.
Why did you choose KLR?
I have chosen KLR as my employer twice, the first was when I was a 21 year-old accounting major who interned at the firm and jumped at the offer to work with same people I had for 15-20 hours a week during my internship at KLR. After leaving KLR and spending 2 years at a large growth equity firm here in Boston, I decided to come back to KLR to work with those same people and to help build on the KLR brand that had been so good to me over the years.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
If I had to pick a favorite I would have to say it is talking to either new/prospective clients or referral sources about how the firm operates. I am proud of what we do here every day. The inherent standardization of tax returns and financial statements may give the impression that what we do is no different than any other firm out there. However, delivering superior service, solving client’s problems quickly and efficiently and making those who may see their audit as a necessary evil, happy to have us in their offices, now that is the fun part.
What are you passionate about?
This is an easy one. My wife and I are lucky enough to have our lives run by our three year old, Owen. He makes the most mundane tasks seem fun (nobody has a better time taking the trash cans to the end of the driveway, nobody). He laughs at almost all of my jokes, which my wife says he will be over by the time he is four, but I will still try. Honorable mention would have to go to my Providence College Friars, I am a proud basketball season ticket holder….GO FRIARS.