037: Michele Heyman, CPA – Building a Forensic Accounting Practice

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Michele Heyman

Michele Heyman, owner of Heyman & Associates in Austin – an accounting firm that specializes in forensic accounting, business appraisal, & fraud prevention, joined us for this episode of Life In Accounting: The Where Accountants Go podcast!

It started in high school…

Michele first contemplated pursuing accounting as a profession when her high school accounting class was visited by an audit partner that talked to the class about his career path. The way he described auditing work appealed to her, and it sounded like accounting could give the successful individual a comfortable lifestyle, so she decided to pursue it. She attended the Rochester Institute of Technology, and took the public accounting route and became a CPA.

Becoming self-employed

Although it was audit that first attracted her to the profession, she initially worked in tax. Over the years she worked off-and-on in audit while doing tax work as well, until she eventually decided to start her own practice in 2011. Starting with only 2 clients, she’s grown the firm to over 300 clients today.

Forensic accounting

We cover quite a bit of ground in the area of forensic accounting on this podcast. Michele explains that the majority of their work is in the area of investigating employee theft, but also mentions that some of the engagements involve partner/shareholder disputes and divorce cases. If you have an interest in the investigation side of audit, this episode will give you a great overview of the forensic accounting field. Michele definitely enjoys the practice, particularly the client-service aspect of forensics.

If you enjoy this interview, make sure you stay tuned for our next episode as well where we interview one of the experts on Michele’s team, prior law enforcement officer Billy Petty.

See you next week! There’s more to come…

Mark Goldman CPA
President – Where Accountants Go
www.WhereAccountantsGo.com

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