By Nick Hopkins, CPA, CFP®
Partner, Director of Tax Services

What is expected of us in our position within a business or organization? It's a question people tend to ask when they're first hired or promoted, but not afterward -- especially those in an executive or management role.

If you want to excel on a personal basis as well as make the company better, it's a good idea to regularly ask others, "What do you expect of me?" And not just your supervisors, but also those under you within the hierarchy.

What we often see in a lot of work environments is that in order for a person to achieve excellence, they must have a clear set of expectations for themselves in terms of what their responsibilities and duties are. Sometimes these can be different from the expectations your superiors and subordinates hold. When your sense of expectations varies too far from those you work with, invariably conflict or disappointment arise.

One of the newer faces on the team, Adam Parkhurst joined the Sponsel CPA Group team last fall as a Staff accountant in the Audit & Assurance Services department shortly after graduating from Purdue University's Krannert School of Management with a bachelor's degree, triple-majoring in Accounting, Management and Finance.

His work includes audits, reviews, compilations and agreed-upon procedures, mostly for clients of privately-owned companies in the construction, manufacturing and not-for profit industries. Adam has already passed the first three sections of the CPA examinations and is preparing to receive his score on the fourth and final part.

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By Eric Woodruff, CPA
Manager, Audit & Assurance Services

Indiana has moved up to two spots in CNBC's rankings of "America's Top States for Business," according to the new list for 2017. The Hoosier State now comes in at #14, compared to the 16th slot last year.

The annual list looks at a variety of factors, economic and otherwise, to determine which states are the friendliest to starting and growing businesses -- and which are not. For 2017, Washington ranked #1 and West Virginia came in dead last.

"Low costs and a solid infrastructure meet at the Crossroads of the World, but quality of life tends to lose its way," CNBC said about Indiana.

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Woehler, Cangany promoted to Senior

We are pleased to announce the promotion of two key members of our team to Senior staff accountant: Aimee Woehler of the Entrepreneurial Services department and Brandon Cangany of Tax Services. Aimee joined Sponsel CPA Group in 2014, and Brandon arrived the year after. Both have proven their expertise and dedication to bringing value to our clients. Congratulations to them both!

Casper Named to Emerging Leaders Alliance

Kudos to Lila Casper, a Staff accountant in Audit & Assurance Services, on being appointed to the Emerging Leaders Alliance within the Indiana CPA Society. Her term will start later this month. Aimed at up-and-coming leaders, ELA members serve as advocates for the CPA profession, as effective communicators to peers and as active volunteers in Society outreach.

Food Drive for Shepherd Community 

Thanks to everyone at Sponsel CPA Group who participated in the Quarles & Brady LLP 2017 Summer Hunger Drive benefitting Shepherd Community Center. We were able to put together quite a package this year to benefit Shepherd, which works with neighborhood youth on the Eastside of Indianapolis to break the cycle of poverty and cultivate strong families and vibrant neighborhoods.