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Greg

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Greg Kyte

Greg was born in Akron, Ohio, in the shadow of the Firestone tire factory. He began swimming competitively when he was eight for the Mountlake Terrace Lemmings. He graduated in 1995 from the University of Washington with a math degree. He chose math for the ladies. After serving ten-years as an 8th grade math teacher, he decided it was time for a career change mainly because he “couldn’t stand those little bastards.” He began his accounting career with a local CPA firm in Orem, Utah, where he consistently failed the QuickBooks ProAdvisor advanced certification exam. Greg is the co-host of a monthly podcast that you’ve never heard of. He is a regular blogger for both Going Concern and the THRIVEal CPA Network. In 2011 he was awarded the “G. Robert Newhart Non-Value Added Fellowship” of the VeraSage Institute. Accounting Today recognized him as “one to watch” in its 2012 list of the Top 100 Most Influential people in the accounting profession. He didn’t make the list; he made a sidebar to the list. Over the past ten years, Greg has established himself as a unique voice in the world of stand up comedy. He has shared the stage with Rob Schneider, Finesse Mitchell and Weird Al Yankovic and was a finalist in the 2011 Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. Greg currently works as the controller for the Utah Valley Physicians Plaza. He lives in Provo, Utah, with his wife and two kids. He enjoys skipping church, drinking coffee, and swearing.

Recent articles from Greg:

Not sure if you knew it, but you can hire a company to kidnap you. It’s called Videogames Adventure Services (“VAS”), but they don’t sell videogames. They kidnap you.   Here’s how it works. You pay them a metric butt ton of money, sign ten kiloturds of legal documents, pass an invasive medical prostate exam, […]
A couple months ago I was working on a joke about Bitcoin and other virtual currencies. The punchline needed an extremely devalued, exotic currency. So I googled “devalued currency,” and that’s when I found out that dongs are the currency of Vietnam. Disclaimer: If you Google “Vietnamese Dong,” you will see questionable websites with banners […]
Whether you like it or not, your firm is telling a story. And it probably sucks. According to Lisa Johnson, author of the e-book Story Juicing, “being influential is about connecting emotionally with your audience and bringing your ideas to life.” Problem is we’re unimpassioned CPAs with no emotions for audiences to connect with. We tend […]
I’m not a big fan of the fraud triangle. It’s like ITT Tech. Both make people think they’re smart, but they’re not.   You know this stuff. Pressure, opportunity, and rationalization must be present at the same time in order for an ordinary person to commit fraud. Like how bacon, lettuce, and tomato must be present […]
Fraud is awesome. Because if nobody committed fraud, we would never get to find fraud. And finding fraud is the sexiest part of accounting. Sure, that’s like saying the sexiest part of Steve Buscemi is his forearm¹. But at least there’s some part of our job that’s materially sexier than sales tax compliance ². Unfortunately, we suck […]