Why We Love What We Do

Here at Kruggel Lawton CPAs, as we enter the month of March - well into the heart of "tax season" - our team is working at peak performance. This is both marvelous to behold and wonderful to be involved in. Two recent events reinforced in my mind why we in the accounting profession love what we do - even during our most stressful and difficult time of the year.

It's About Relationships

The first was when my colleague Alex Schaeffer was recognized as the Young Business Leader of the Year by the Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce (in the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor, MI area). Following the event, he was quoted in a Herald-Palladium newspaper article saying:

"I work with a lot of people and really enjoy that about my job. I love to meet with the people. I mean, taxes are great, but talking to people is better."

Alex's comments illustrate the delight that a profession replete with interaction can provide. Mastering and applying technically challenging tax and accounting knowledge can be rewarding on its own. However, constantly meeting and working with a wide variety of people - clients, colleagues, and other business professionals - brings that to life and gives our work meaning.

Happy "KLients"

The other event was the following note written by one of our clients on an invoice they sent in along with payment for our services:

"Your firm, and especially Monica, did a fine job for our family over the past 12 years."

I know my colleague Monica Brickel feels good about this feedback, and she should. The rest of us share it vicariously, and we strive to earn it ourselves.

Called to Serve

What it underscores for me is that our calling is to serve, and not only our clients.

Why do we love what we do? To me, countless opportunities to serve and interact with so many talented and inspiring people are a big reason. Why do you love what you do?


staff-terry-bushWritten by: Terry Bush, SPHR - Director, HR Services
Phone: 574.289.4011, x205



  1. Terry Bush

    Wow, Jeff Showalter, I am right there with you. It’s great being around people who love what they do, and you are one of those! I look forward to seeing you and your team next week at the Goshen Chamber Founders Day event.

  2. Jeff Showalter

    It’s ALL about relationships no matter what your profession, my background was 30 years in the car business, now almost 10 years in banking…are you kidding a “car guy” states most bankers! My love of people is the fuel, whether assisting an energetic entrepreneur achieve their goals, or mentoring a rising co-worker…I love to share what I have experienced while helping to manage a very successful family car dealership. The “deal” has always been secondary…my friend Terry Bush gets it!

  3. Terry Bush

    I’m struck as I re-read this how I – with a background in HR and not directly involved in providing audit, tax or accounting services – have a unique perspective on the Accounting profession. Hopefully some practicing CPAs will weigh in with their opinions.

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