Peter Reynolds Wins Ultimate CEO Award

Congratulations are in order! Peter Reynolds, managing partner, was recognized by the Jacksonville Business Journal as a recipient of the newspaper’s “Ultimate CEO” award at an Oct. 14 ceremony at EverBank Field.

The Business Journal selects its recipients for the awards based on leadership, company growth, and community involvement. In his remarks, Business Journal's Managing Editor Timothy Gibbons lauded Reynolds for his leadership in growing the Pivot CPAs firm by 45 percent over the last five years. He also congratulated the “Ultimate CEO” award winner for leading the firm through a rebranding process and developing a culture that promotes a work-life balance and deep-rooted community involvement.

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Our 2017 Web.Com Tour Championship Journey

When we embarked upon the journey of sponsoring the Web.com Tour Championship, we didn't really know what we were getting into.  We're accountants.  We've sponsored charity fundraisers and played in those, but an internationally-broadcast PGA TOUR event that spans a week (and six months to plan), in a word...a blast.  We were proud from the get-go to be part of it, but we had no idea it would take us to such incredible places (as fans, people and as a brand).

First of all, congratulations to the folks who ran this event: Adam, Allie and Cheyenne (and, yes, you too, Dan!). What an amazing job you all did.  You were challenged with a new venue, new sponsors, new players, new ideas and, for a second time, weather, and you pulled it off.  We applaud David Brown, CEO of Web.com, for having the vision to launch this tour and for keeping it local. Thank you to the volunteers who made it work.  Thank you and congrats to the residents of Atlantic Beach and the Atlantic Beach Country Club.  You are officially "on the map."

For us, did we mention we had a blast? To be aligned with the Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR brand was nothing short of incredible.  Who would think a locally-owned CPA firm could be the Official CPA Firm of a significant golf championship? We basked in the glow and we are still grinning.  The moment it hit us was when we walked into "The Truck" - the nerve center of tournament ops, and we felt immediately like we belonged.  We even said Tournament Ops, like we know what we're talking about.  We met an incredible group of guys and had an amazing experience in The Truck (follow them on Twitter).  

To see our giant Pivot logo floating in the pool at the Pivot Poolside Lounge was breathtaking. And then to see our logo again (and again and again) all over the course was so cool. Our party on Saturday night was fantastic - great job Kim Paige and Allie Rohrer for providing incredible music.  Thanks to the rain, we had to hustle to move 140 people from a huge outdoor space to a less huge (but still big!) indoor space, and it was flawless...a Purple Party like we've never seen.

Oh yeah...the golf part.  Congratulations to those Web.com players who received their Tour cards. As you chase your dream you embody what we love about this tour: humility, hard work, passion, team work, entrepreneurship, vision.  You are like many of our clients (and we hope some day you will be one!).  And about Sam Saunders shooting a 59 in the first day?  Don't be fooled by anyone thinking this is less golf than the PGA TOUR...there were 17 prior PGA TOUR winners out there and two major winners.  There was some great, great golf.  And to those of you who missed the mark, the beauty of golf is there is always another chance. We look forward to seeing you next year. Keep battling! 

Our favorite story: Sam Saunders making the turn on round two.  Walking off the tee box, the wind blew the sign off the pole the standard bearer was carrying (a 12 year old kid).  The kid was on his knees trying to put it together.  Sam was 15-20 yards ahead of him, but took notice and doubled back to re-assemble the sign - and more importantly, to help the kid get over his embarrassment.  Way to go Sam...the 59 was cool, but that act of graciousness was what this game is all about.  By the way, Sam is Arnold Palmer's grandson. DNA.  

It was a blast seeing our name in lights, having a great party and watching incredible golf.  Most amazing was being able to spend time with our clients, friends and staff outside the office and inside the ropes (another golf term we learned!). 

It was a great week in the timeline of Pivot. Being part of the community is what we do, and this was a big moment for the community.  Congrats again to all who made it happen and to all who reaped the rewards.  We loved being part of it.  We look forward to doing it again next year.  Start the countdown clock.

2017 Pivot Promotions!

Growing Firm Cultivates Talent From Within To Better Serve Clients

Enjoying the fruits of a fast-paced Jacksonville economy, Pivot CPAs has grown 45% over the last five years.  To keep pace with the growing market, the area’s largest independent CPA firm has promoted four key staffers to leadership roles.  Managing Partner Peter Reynolds today announced the promotions of the following people:

  • Darrell Clarkson was named Tax Principal. Formerly Tax Manager, Mr. Clarkson will take on a leadership role within the company and additional focus on business development. He will have an active role in managing, mentoring and training staff.   
  • Debra Smith was named Senior Tax Manager, working extensively with small business clients providing tax preparation and tax planning services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, and trusts.
  • Eric Sevatson was named Tax Senior Accountant handling complex tax returns and resolving more complex tax matters than in his previous role as an entry-level tax accountant.  The new role calls for increased communication directly with clients and with junior personnel.  
  • Kyle Vincent was named Assurance Senior.  In his new role, Vincent will be more involved in the planning, research, and management of our engagements.  He will assist with the management and completion of audit, review and attestation engagements as well as develop audit programs and procedures relevant to risk and test objectives. 

Said Reynolds, “In our business, providing continuity to our clients is strategically critical, so promoting from within is important. It is part of our culture and brand philosophy that we take care of the people that take care of our clients.”  He added, “These four have constantly shown leadership skills as well as being talented accountants, and we are thrilled to provide them the opportunity to grow.”

IRS Gives Tax Relief to Victims of Hurricane Irma

We hope that you and your families were able to stay safe during the storm.  Our hearts go out to those who have been displaced or are unable to currently return to their homes because of damage left by the storm.  The IRS has granted relief to the victims of Hurricane Irma to help minimize any additional penalties those impacted would recognize started on Sept. 4, 2017 in Florida.