Summer Sign-Off Marcum LLP | Accountants and Advisors | New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, California and Florida Certified Public Accountants
It's the last Friday in June and I'm about to start my summer vacation, so you know what that means. A respite (for all of us) from my weekly columns in July and August.
For those of you who have been following this column since I started writing it in January of 2013, you'll know that I take most of my vacation time over the summer. Here in the Northeast, summer is particularly special. We truly have four seasons here, and the geography of the NY metropolitan area lends itself perfectly to enjoying the local beaches, perhaps our greatest natural resource. From the Jersey Shore to the coast of Long Island and up through New England, we are surrounded by some of the best beaches in the world, and summer was made to enjoy them.
My family and I live full-time in New York City, but the summer gives us the opportunity to leave the City behind for about 10 weeks and enjoy the East End of Long Island. And since I take as much time off as my schedule permits, writing this column gets put on hold until we are back home after Labor Day.
I truly enjoy writing this column on a weekly basis. I try and mix it up with a variety of current events, political commentary, business topics and what's going on with the Weiner family. Since we have many clients whom I don't know personally, the column gives the people who do business with us an insight into who I am and how we do things here at Marcum. About 4,000 people are reading pretty consistently. In any given week, 20 to 30 people take the time to give me their own "Thoughts of the Week" by responding with their feedback on what I've written. Fortunately much of it is positive, although I do get my fair share of negative fallout as well. Hearing from readers makes me feel that I know a lot more of you than I actually do, and I hope you feel the same.
So this is my sign-off until September 5. I hope all of you out there get to take some well-deserved time off and to enjoy the warm weather and your loved ones. Be safe and have a wonderful summer!
My Top 10 Marcum LLP | Accountants and Advisors | New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, California and Florida Certified Public Accountants
My Top 10
Everyone loves a good Top 10 list. David Letterman I'm not, but I'm feeling reflective and decided that I'm going to use this week's column to write about the things that mean the most to me about my business. Hopefully some of them will resonate with you. Here goes:
Our clients, first and foremost, who have allowed us a place at the table and permitted us to contribute to their success, without whom there would be no Marcum.
The thrill of the chase. If you're a regular reader of this column, you've heard me say more than once that when I became managing partner of Marcum in 1990, we were a firm of one office and 20 people. Today we are blessed to be a firm of 23 offices, 160 partners and 1300 professionals. I would be less than honest if I said that the deal-making is not a big part of what makes going to work every day so exciting. Whether it's being on the deal team for a client, or closing in on Marcum's next merger or acquisition, being on the front lines of what makes business pop and sizzle is just plain fun.
Father's Day for the Ages Marcum LLP | Accountants and Advisors | New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, California and Florida Certified Public Accountants
Father's Day for the Ages
Sunday is Father's Day, perhaps one of the best days of the year for me. As with most one-day holidays, the Weiner's turn it into a weekend-long event. And for me, it's one of the precious few occasions I get to spend with all five of my children together in the same place at the same time.
With two in college and working summer jobs, one Monday-Friday and the other Saturday-Wednesday, getting them together for a weekend with their younger siblings, all under the same roof, is truly a treat for me. But our Father's Day get-together will be an extended family affair - my mother, brother, mother-in-law, sisters- and brother-in-law, nieces, and aunt and uncle will all be at our house to celebrate, probably around 20 of us all told. There's nothing like standing behind the grill on Father's Day afternoon, with most if not all of your family, just enjoying the day and having everyone together.
Scoot On Over Here Marcum LLP | Accountants and Advisors | New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, California and Florida Certified Public Accountants
Scoot On Over Here
A few Sundays ago, my wife Tracy asked me to go to our favorite specialty market and get my children's favorite chocolate cake for dessert for dinner that night. So around 1:00pm or so, while my youngest children Kate (3) and Max (21 months) were napping, my 5-year-old daughter Lily and I decided to go to the market. But rather than cabbing it or driving, Lily decided she wanted to take her scooter out for the trip – a 14-block, 2-avenue, one-way journey. So there and back, we were looking at 28 blocks and four avenues. This particular day was one of those lovely NYC spring Sundays that you wait all year for. Of course, I didn't have a scooter, but no matter, we were off (Lily on her scooter) and running (me jogging to keep pace). We did it, there and back, and had a great time.
That was an especially long one, but after a few more similar adventures, I took a cue from Lily and asked Tracy to pick up a scooter for me. If my children were going to scoot their way around town (Kate and Max both have them, too), I was going to scoot with them. Lily humored me by scooting around our building with me while I got the hang of it. Then we (probably more me than her) decided it would be a great idea (Tracy would debate this) for Lily and me to scooter home from her school one afternoon before the year let out for summer break. Now to put that in perspective, we live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and Lily's school is in Chelsea on the lower-ish West Side of the city, a distance of some 40 blocks and seven avenues. And yesterday was the big day.
Jeffrey M. Weiner joined Marcum in 1981 and has served as Managing Partner since 1990. Under his leadership, Marcum has expanded from a one-office Firm of 20 employees to a Firm ranked #15 in the United States.