We are public accountants and finance nerds with first-hand experience building high-growth companies. We've built finance and accounting teams from nothing to support organic growth, acquisitions, sophisticated debt transactions and exits. We know the value that public accountants bring to professionalizing a business and unlocking its ability to reach next-level growth.
We also know the recruiting world is broken. We're working hard to create a marketplace for growth-minded employers to find growth-minded professionals that can raise the ceiling on a company's performance. We're using data science and technology, along with raw first-hand experience, to build a next-generation solution.
Scott’s professional background is based in building... building businesses, teams, partnerships and spreadsheets. He’s fortunate to have accrued an extensive and unique professional experience at a relatively young age, and has grinded rigorously to build upon opportunities offered.
Prior to Kill Busy Season, Scott launched and ran Integrit Ops, a search fund resulting in the acquisition of a business services company for which Scott serves in an advisor capacity. Prior to IO, he served as a finance-oriented senior executive with Spring Venture Group (“Spring”). From launch of Spring as a startup, through growth to nearly 1,000 employees, Scott wore many leadership hats across finance, accounting, analytics, legal (and making Costco runs). His core responsibilities were primarily leading all things finance and accounting, which included the build of high-caliber teams that pushed the firm through 8+ years of accelerated growth, sophisticated debt financings and equity transactions. None of that was possible without the tremendous team @ Spring which included the high-caliber professionals found from Public Accounting.
Outside of work, Scott has a wonderful wife and three young and very loud children. He serves as the president of the board for Growing Futures, a Head Start program. Scott attended the University of Kansas and earned an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
Clint started his career at PwC. After drinking from a firehose for a few years, Clint figured out that he wanted to pursue a career outside of a traditional accounting track. This led to working with numerous recruiters, none of whom truly understood (or cared about) his career goals. From the recruiters, Clint only received vanilla accounting jobs and pressure to interview for them.
After months of frustration, Clint ended up leaving PwC for the wrong job. He was miserable, spending only five months there (most of which was used to find his next job). Somehow, Clint lucked into an acquisitions role at a private equity platform. He spent three years there while deploying nearly $100m in capital. Since then, Clint has spent 6 years in the venture capital world investing in early-stage businesses.
Clint is immensely grateful for his experience in public accounting. He’s also thankful for the terrible experience he had leaving. That has led to where he is today, including starting Kill Busy Season to help others avoid his career woes.
When not working, Clint spends most of his time with his wife and two wild boys. Clint enjoys running, joking about being a “recovering CPA”, and is constantly behind on reading.
As an ex-journalism major turned public accountant, Brig values the public accounting profession but believes there is a lack of content on how to handle your career post-public. When looking to make the transition out of public accounting, he struggled to find valuable resources on what else he could do outside of back-office accounting work and how to find a job track that aligned with his career aspirations. He felt he was typecast as a traditional accountant by every recruiter based on his background.
Prior to Kill Busy Season, Brig spent 3 years at KPMG before impulsively switching over to corporate accounting roles at local manufacturing and construction companies - neither being the right fit for his career goals.
Brig has a passion for creating genuine relationships with accounting professionals and providing transparent feedback for their most difficult career decisions. He understands the impact a bad job placement can have on someone and wants to help create the 'playbook' on how to avoid similar mistakes.
Outside of the office, you find Brig sharpening his cooking skills, cheering on the local sports teams, and chasing the elusive perfect '300' bowling game.
JoAnna never intended to study accounting, but after learning about the many doors that could be opened by knowing numbers, she put an accounting degree in the backseat “just in case”. She had full intentions to let Marketing drive her career after college. That is, until her professors steered her focus back towards public accounting. They stressed how beneficial the industry knowledge, connections, and growth experience would be regardless of her next step.
They were right. JoAnna had a great three years in public accounting at Grant Thornton where she explored various industries and stages of business to hone in on which she would pursue long term. Through external networking in Kansas City, she realized that startups and entrepreneurship were where her passions lie.
She then joined Five Elms Capital, a leading global growth equity firm, where JoAnna built relationships with other equity sponsors and startup founders. Through those conversations, JoAnna knew that the startup life would be the life for her. Enter: Kill Busy Season.
JoAnna loves helping other public accounting alums realize their non-traditional dreams outside of the typical next steps that come after public accounting. Even more so, she loves helping high growth businesses get connected to those dynamic alums from the accounting industry. Outside of work, JoAnna enjoys treks abroad, triathlons, and hosting wine nights with friends.
Erik started his career at PwC, working in both Advisory and Audit. Like most public accountants, he received countless emails, messages & phone calls throughout his tenure at PwC from recruiters pitching various jobs not aligning with his interests. After deciding to leave the world of public accounting, he struggled with what his next career move should be. He ended up reaching out to a few local recruiters to start his search, clearly stating he wasn’t interested in traditional accounting jobs. What jobs were presented over and over? You guessed it, traditional accounting roles.
After interviewing for a few positions Erik decided to switch things up and ended up taking on a new role as a Recruiter himself. For 6 years he worked diligently to help professionals in Kansas City find their next job. This didn’t sit right with Erik, especially given his experience leaving public accounting. After following Kill Busy Season’s, Erik knew he could do better for the professionals he’s connected with. When the opportunity to join KBS presented itself, he took it, and hasn’t looked back since.
Outside of work, Erik keeps busy raising two little (and very busy) boys with his rockstar wife! He is an active member of the Kansas City Disc Golf community and enjoys watching any and all sports whenever his kids allow it.
Lauren started her career in Kansas City within the Audit group at PwC. She transferred to the Chicago PwC office where she quickly learned not even a new city would diminish her aspirations of wanting something more outside of her accounting profession. Switching her career to a cloud-based technology company, Workiva, she finally felt at home and challenged in a new, exciting way.
Fast forward a few years and Lauren found herself moving back to Kansas City and in need of a new job. She worked with a recruiter, who although was told to steer clear of traditional accounting roles, sent her run of the mill accounting work. She fell back into her old profession and took an Internal Audit role at a reputable company in town. She knew it would only be temporary but didn’t know where to start to find the career path that would work for her outside of accounting as those were all the job listings that were sent to her on a daily basis.
Then along came Kill Busy Season, where Lauren had her first ever job opportunity that wasn’t a typical accounting role. Intrigued, as she went through the interview process, she couldn’t help but feel a serendipitous feeling that this role was made for her. She loved the idea of helping other public accounting alums in a similar boat find an exciting career path in a high growth business after feeling pigeonholed in her accounting profession for so long.
In her spare time, Lauren always has a DIY project or Happy Hour lined up and loves booking her next trip over one too many glasses of wine.
Driven by his passion for analytics and technology, Parth uses his always-developing skill sets to help build businesses centered around data-driven decision-making. His experience includes analytical, marketing research, and due diligence work for startups and search funds. Additionally, Parth enjoys researching and writing investment thesis articles focused on analyzing technology opportunities within the public markets. A sample of Parth’s work can be found here.
Parth holds a B.B.A in Finance from the University of Missouri - Kansas City and is pursuing his CFA designation. In his free time, Parth enjoys playing golf and spending time with friends and family.