We are excited to share Biz Magazine's Bits & Bites feature article on Richard Weber, Tax Partner.
Thank you to the team at Biz Magazine for this great interview!
Who has had the biggest impact on your career and why?
"I would have to say, my dad. He is also a CPA and I learned from him what it takes to be effective in this type of role, including the importance of excellent client relationships and attention to detail. I was also fortunate to have excellent mentors early in my tax career."
What inspires and motivates you?
"You mean besides Rocky Balboa? [laughs] I would say living and active and healthy life and nurturing relationships with family and friends."
You've been in the accounting industry for more than 20 years and last year you merged your own firm Weber, CA, Tax and Accounting with SB Partners. What does the future hold for Richard Weber?
"I look forward to making a significant contribution to help take SB Partners to the next level, so to speak. We have bright, dedicated employees and a culture that is conducive to staff retention and success. On a personal level, travelling to a few places I have never been before, perhaps Austrailia and South America is appealing."
In addition to being a partner at SB Partners, you also play an active role in Oakville Chamber of Commerce events, not to mention countless fundraising initiatives. How important is it to give back to your community?
"Very important -we are fortunate to live in a desirable community. I believe it is important for local citizens to contribute back to the community. We can all do our part to sustain and continually improve the community and consequent quality of life for its occupants."
When you're not working, how do you like to unwind? (Judging by the photo, we'd guess it has something to do with playing hockey?!)
"One of my favourite things to do is attend my son's hockey games and Taekwondo. I keenly enjoy sports and music and also like to exercise, play hockey and occasionally sing karaoke with friends. Movies too! There seem to have been a handful of really good ones to watch during the past year!"
With tax time upon us, if you could give one crucial piece of advice to Biz Magazine readers, what would it be?
"First, people should keep a close eye on the upcoming federal budget on March 22 since it is conceivable significant tax changes are in store. Also, individuals should seek out and implement legitimate tax strategies to split income with lower income family members due to Canada's high personal tax rates. Entrepreneurs should consider incorporating, where possible, to access low corporate tax rates."