In this episode, Rory engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Mike Maksymiw, CPA, an executive with Aprio Firm Alliance. Together, they delve into the dynamic and innovative trends shaping the accounting profession while emphasizing the importance of cultivating meaningful relationships. Mike shares his deep passion for leadership and connecting individuals with valuable resources, which he considers his “Zone of Genius.” He discusses the transformative impact of his involvement in the AICPA leadership academy and the invaluable support he received from his peers. Aligning values with goals and lifestyle choices is a key theme explored by Mike, who shares his personal values of freedom, family, and innovation and his aspirations to make a meaningful contribution to the profession. The evolving role of technology and artificial intelligence in the accounting field is also examined, with both Mike and Rory emphasizing the need to prioritize the human aspects of advice. The episode concludes with a powerful message about embracing the dimension of possibility and finding happiness in the pursuit of one’s goals. Don’t miss this engaging podcast featuring one of the accounting profession’s innovative leaders!