CPA profile: Gary W. Baum

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Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer PC,  Norfolk

Title: Valuation analyst
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Oxford University, England; MBA, Cornell University
Birthplace: London, England
Wife: Elena
Children:  Jaden, 10; Asher, 7; Micah, 5
Pets:  “In the process of adopting a beagle”
Hobbies: Cooking
Favorite vacation spot:  Napa Valley
Favorite meal:  “Curried anything (except beagle, that is).”
Fan of: “Environmental stewardship (That’s a concept ... not a band!)”
Recently read: “Tender is the Night” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
First accounting job:  Staff accountant with Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer
Career mentor:  Marty Einhorn, managing partner, Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer

What makes accounting an appealing career?
“The variety of projects and the myriad of complex issues that arise in a business valuation practice make each day a fresh challenge.”

What has been your most memorable or challenging business valuation/litigation case?
“I was recently involved in an allocation of purchase price engagement relating to a large acquisition by a multinational corporation. This involved valuing a wide range of intangible assets to the satisfaction of the client and their auditors from one of the Big Four firms.”   

If you weren’t an accountant, what occupation would you choose?
“Professor (but I’d have to buy a tweed jacket with elbow patches).”

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