LOS ANGELES, CA (May 23, 2019) GHJ Managing Partner Tom Barry was named one of Los Angeles Business Journal’s 500 most influential people in business for the second year in a row. For their LA500 issue, the Los Angeles Business Journal annually profiles Angelenos who make the biggest impact on business.
“It is a personal honor to be recognized once again by the Los Angeles Business Journal alongside so many eminent business leaders in the Los Angeles area,” Barry said. “I am proud to lead an immensely talented firm focused on helping our clients and employees #BeMore.”
As a leader in his field, Barry believes in building a successful firm and embracing a full life one day at a time. He does that by leveraging technology to create a flexible schedule that allows him to be a father and husband in addition to fully committing to his career at GHJ where he has worked since 1997. Barry’s role as the Firm’s managing partner is a combination of entrepreneur, partner, consultant, mentor and business advisor.
It has been nearly a year and a half since Barry officially took the role of managing partner. Through his hard work and dedication to changing the traditional accounting profession paradigm by encouraging individuals to #BeMore for themselves and their clients, Barry was able to create a brand that attracts top clients and achieve growth within the firm that exceeds industry averages.
“If we can #BeMore to our SELF, our FAMILY and our FIRM when establishing our individual goals – whether personal or professional – then we have the greatest opportunity for success,” Barry explained. “These three tenets of the #BeMore philosophy are how GHJ is building a next generation firm.”
Driven by this philosophy, GHJ upholds a flexible, entrepreneurial environment where employees can achieve their personal and professional goals. The Firm’s success is driven by retaining the best, diverse talent and investing in people and technology. This commitment deepens firm expertise and fuels sustainable growth.
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About Tom Barry
Tom Barry, CPA, believes in building a successful life one day at a time. He does that by leveraging technology to create a flexible schedule that allows him to be a father and husband in addition to fully committing to his career at GHJ, where he has worked since 1997. Barry’s role as Managing Partner of GHJ is a combination of entrepreneur, partner, consultant, mentor and business advisor.
Additionally, with more than 20 years of public accounting experience, Barry provides audit and accounting, tax and general business consulting services to clients in a variety of industries including waste management and recycling, manufacturing, distribution and the restaurant industry. Barry is regularly involved in transaction advisory services for clients looking to buy or sell businesses and has worked on dozens of transactions. In addition to leading the Firm’s Waste and Recycling Practice.
Barry is also an active member of YPO Santa Monica and is currently Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee. He is also Chairman of the Accounting Advisory Board for Loyola Marymount University.
When Barry is not working, you will find spending time with his wife and four children. He is also an avid fisherman. He has launched the Firm’s concept of #BeMore, which encourages members of the firm to live their best lives, professionally and personally.
Due to his leadership both at GHJ and the community at large, Barry was recognized in 2018 by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of LA’s 500 most influential people in business.
Barry is a graduate of Villanova University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. He has received a master’s in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of CPAs and serves on the Loyola Marymount University Accounting Advisory Board.
Founded in 1953, GHJ is a Los Angeles-based accounting firm that specializes in nonprofit, food and beverage, entertainment and media and health and wellness companies. Recipient of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce 2018 Employee Champion For Life Work Harmony Award and named a “Best Places to Work” by the Los Angeles Business Journal eight times since 2008, GHJ is passionate about helping clients and its people #BeMore by focusing on building thriving businesses and creating a better future.
The firm works as a business advocate for its clients — providing personalized service and building long-term relationships to help position our clients for growth. Also ranked as a top-20 largest accounting firm on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Book of Lists, the firm has 14 partners and approximately 150 staff members that serve over 3,000 clients. The firm is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the AICPA Governmental Audit Quality Center (GAQC), the California Society of CPAs and the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofit).