We’re celebrating team member Brian Barton’s eight-year work anniversary at 8020 Consulting! We asked Brian to reflect on his experience working with clients as an 8020 consultant:
1. What do you enjoy most about your work, and has that changed over time?
I still really enjoy helping my clients to achieve their short-term and long-term goals. It’s been extremely satisfying to know I’m able to apply the experience and knowledge I continue to acquire during my tenure with 8020 to each new project.
2. What are a few memorable projects you’ve worked on at 8020, and why?
Hmmm, that’s a difficult question to answer! I have been fortunate to experience many the different dimensions presented by each project, so it’s hard to single out a specific project. I also really appreciate meeting and interacting with clients, fellow consultants and other professionals.
A couple of years ago, I was able to team up with a client and a few fellow 8020 consultants to provide support and guidance during the process of transitioning a private company into a publicly traded entity by way of a SPAC. It felt great knowing I was a contributing member of the team. I also experienced tremendous professional growth through exposure to new technical and system challenges, as well as the focused, coordinated effort and knowledge-sharing among all members of the team.
3. How do you think you’ve grown and your skills have improved over the last 8 years?
Being exposed to a variety of industries, organizations and technologies has really afforded me the ability to diversify and improve my skill set and remain current with technical issues and widely-used financial systems.
4. What advice would you give a new hire at 8020 Consulting?
Keep an open mind to the possibilities your full engagement could contribute to your client.
5. What has been the most unexpectedly rewarding part of your career path?
Interacting, sharing and working with a variety of professionals with diverse perspectives has challenged me to grow into a more thoughtful person.
6. What about consulting work still drives you?
I look forward to the contribution I can make to each client, the variety of challenges I will encounter and the growth opportunities available.
7. Is there anyone you’d like to thank or acknowledge?
Yes! I would like to thank my fellow consultants for providing their support and an unselfish willingness to share the workload and their knowledge. I would also like to thank the 8020 internal team for providing an organizational structure that encourages continued development.
8. What are you most excited about currently? (Doesn’t have to be work related.)
That we will soon be able to return to an environment where we can interact in-person and participate in events on a regular basis with family, friends and colleagues.
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Brian is a CPA with 20+ years of diverse finance and accounting experience across several industries. He is a Deloitte alumnus who has held leadership roles at Fortune 500, middle market and start-up companies in Consulting and as Director, Controller or VP of Finance. These companies have included PS Business Parks, Amgen, MGA Entertainment, THQ, Intuit and Hudson Pacific among others. Brian has provided leadership and financial project management to an entire Accounting organization, including restructuring planning, managing internal and external (including SEC) financial reporting, supporting a successful public stock offering, leading finance and accounting efforts for a business line divesture, and process re-engineering. Brian holds a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from San Diego State University.