Super CPA Profile: Darrell W. Harris

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Witt Mares PLC
Newport News

Title:  Controller
Birthplace: Welch, W.Va.
Education: U.S. Military Academy, bachelor’s degree in applied science and engineering; Purdue University, master’s in industrial relations; University of Maryland, bachelor’s in accounting
Spouse: Sheila M. Harris
Children: Gregory W. Harris, 39; Michael P. Harris, 37
Grandchildren: Dakota Balser, 18; Madelyn Harris, 12
Favorite vacation spot:  Myrtle Beach, S.C.
First accounting job:  Staff accountant with a small CPA firm in Richmond
Career Mentor: Tom Brooks, partner at Witt Mares

What unique challenges do CFOs of accounting firms face?
“I don’t believe there are any unique challenges that CFOs of accounting firms face.  However, there is one large difference.  Unlike some small business owners, a CPA firm’s owners are acutely aware of the important role timely and accurate financial information and metrics can play in the management of the firm.  Consequently, one of my biggest challenges is to ensure I continually provide the financial information management needs to make sound business decisions. “

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