A profile in apps
When we asked the Top 100 Most Influential People candidates for 2011 to name
their favorite apps, we expected to learn
something interesting about technology
— but we may have learned even more
about the Top 100 as people.
To start, we were surprised at how many
were clearly indifferent to the many mobile
technologies available, remaining blissfully unchained to iPhones, Droids and the
like. Still, more than enough listed their
favorite app or apps for us to develop a
composite picture of the typical influential
technology user in accounting.
First off, they travel. A lot. The most
commonly cited category of apps related
to being on the road, starting with flight
status apps like FlightAware, Flight Track
Pro and Trip Tracker. They also like to use
MapQuest and similar tools while away
from home — and, with so many being accountants, it’s not surprising that cheap-gas finder GasBuddy was mentioned, too.
Second, they keep informed. The next
largest category of apps cited involved
news and news alerts, with The Wall Street
Journal app taking the lead, along with
those from The Economist, The New York
Times, and (insert grain of salt of here)
Third, they’re fans of social media, particularly Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn,
regularly checking tweets, status updates
and the state of their networks, and using
FlipBoard to bring it all together in one
Fourth, they’re anywhere/anytime
types, with many using DropBox to access
and share documents over the Web from
wherever they happen to be, constantly
keeping track of things with Evernote, using the Kindle app to keep up with their
reading, and checking their e-mail on a
variety of devices.
Finally, they’re not all that different from
us: They use the Starbucks app to locate a
badly needed cup of coffee, have barbecues with the On the Grill recipe app from
Weber, check the Weather Channel app
and WeatherBug to know what to wear,
and secretly look at the ESPN Scorecenter
and Scoreboard on their smartphones in
meetings. And in case you’re wondering,
they play Angry Birds just like the rest of us
— that is, far, far, too much.
tee, Lehigh University; Board of Advisors, College of
Business; member, Audit Committee ... Member, Accounting Advisory Boards, Rutgers University; Seton
Hall University ... Member, New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce Cornerstone Group ... Chair, Audit
Committee, Shiloh Baptist Church.
Education: Lehigh University, 1977, MBA; 1976, BS
Business & Economics.
Personal: Born 1954, Washington, D. C. ... Married to
Valerie ... One daughter.
Global chairman and
CEO, Ernst & Young
With a decade in office,
Turley is the longest serv-
ing of the Big Four chiefs
— and the only one to head
both the U.S. and the international arms of a
firm, giving E& Y’s global leadership unparal-
Career Highlights: Chairman and CEO, Ernst &
Young LLP, 2001-present; deputy chairman, 2000-
2001; New York area managing partner, 1998-2000;
area managing partner for the Upper Midwest practice, 1994-1998; leader, entrepreneurial services
practice, 1993-1994; client service, St. Louis, 1990-
1994; national director, client services and business
development, 1987-1989; partner, 1987; joined,
Other Affiliations: Co-chair, The Russian Foreign
Investment Advisory Council ... Chair, Governing
Board, Center for Audit Quality ... Steering Committee, International Integrated Reporting Committee ...
Chair, Catalyst organization ... Member, President’s
Export Council ... Business Roundtable ... International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council for the
Mayor of Shanghai ... Board, Boy Scouts of America;
National Corporate Theatre Fund ... Trustee, Rice
Education: Rice University, Master’s and BA in Accounting.
Personal: Born 1955 ... Married ... One adult son.
Chairman and CEO,
Under Veihmeyer, KPMG
has stayed on the cutting
edge on a number of fronts
— launching apps to help users access its
huge range of reports and to give college students career advice, for instance, and going
“green” in a big way.
Career Highlights: Chairman, KPMG LLP, 2010-
present; CEO, 2009-present; deputy chairman, 2005-
2010; chairman, KPMG Americas, 2007-present;
board member, 2003-present; area managing partner — audit and advisory, Mid-Atlantic area, 2003-
2005; office managing partner, Washington, D.C.,
2003-2005; partner-in-charge, Washington and Baltimore — audit, 2002-2003; area professional practice partner, Mid-Atlantic area, 1999-2001; partner,
1987; joined, 1977.
Other Affiliations: Co-chair, CEOs Against Cancer ...
Member, Governing Board, Center for Audit Quality
... Board, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy ... Advisory Council, Notre Dame Mendoza
College of Business ... Business-Higher Education
Forum ... Past member, SEC Advisory Committee on
Smaller Public Companies ... Past chair, Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, D.C. ... Past member,
St. Mary’s College Board of Trustees ... Past member,
Executive Committees, Federal City Council of D.C.
and Greater Washington Board of Trade ... Board,
Kennedy Center Corporate Fund ... Partnership for
New York City.
Education: University of Notre Dame, 1977, BBA.
Personal: Born 1955, Washington D.C. ... Married to
Beth ... Three children.
Senior director of
Sage North America
Warawa is largely credited
with helping make Sage
and its products important to accountants
as she continues to head up the company’s
efforts to reach this influential community.
On her watch, the Sage Accountants Network
has grown to almost 20,000 members.
Career Highlights: Senior director, partner pro-
grams, Sage North America, 2008-present ... Owner
and operations manager, Dreamscape Business Ser-
vices Ltd., 1995-2008.
Other Affiliations: Mentor, Young Adult Guidance
Center ... Past board member, Courage for Youth
Association ... Founder and past board member, Uptown Rutland Business Association ... Past member,
Rutland Task Force.
Education: Okanagan University College, 1997.
Personal: Born 1976, Kelowna, B.C. ... Married to
Twitter: @jennifer warawa
Senior vice president
Division, Intuit Inc.
Responsible for develop-
ing products that help accountants be more
productive and serve their clients better,
Ward is Intuit’s face to the profession — and
its voice within the company.
Career Highlights: Vice president and general manager, Accounting Professionals Division, Intuit Inc.;
vice president, Accountant Central; vice president
and general manager, QuickBase; joined, 2001 ...
President, Telespectrum Customer Care ... Senior
vice president, Fidelity Investments ... Strategy consultant and manager, Bain & Co.
Education: Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth, 1998,
MBA ... Wellesley College, BA.
Waugh’s Rainmaker Acad-
emy workshops are a hot
commodity for account-
ing firms seeking to boost
value and the bottom line
in a tough economy. When not leading these
sessions, Waugh and his team have a steady
thought-leadership presence in print and at
Career Highlights: CEO, FiveStar3 LLC, 1991-pres-
ent ... Senior vice president, Jacques Miller, 1983-
1991 ... CEO, Advantage Companies, 1975-1983 ...
Audit manager, Price Waterhouse, 1969-1975.
Other Affiliations: Author, Leading an Accounting
Firm; Power Up Your Profits; 101 Marketing Strategies ... National Speakers Association.
Education: University of Southern California, 1973,
MBA ... University of Tennessee, 1969, BS Acctg.
Personal: Born 1944, Savannah, Ga. ... Married ...
CEO, BDO USA
Weisbaum leads BDO into
its second century as a firm
with a strong reputation as
a great place to work for ev-
eryone from women to recent grads — and a
raft of awards to prove it.
Career Highlights: CEO, BDO USA, 2004-present;
chairman and acting CEO, 2003-2004; partner and
executive director of specialized services, 1982-2003
... Partner, Benjamin Nadel & Co., 1968-1982; staff
Other Affiliations: American Jewish Congress ...
New York Institute of Credit ... B’nai Brith ... Brandeis
University ... Hofstra University.
Education: Hofstra University, 1964, BBA.
Personal: Born 1940, Bronx, N. Y. ... Married to Mary
... Three children, two grandchildren.
Even a Nerd Can
Be Heard and
Whitehouse has essentially brought cool to
being a tech-savvy CPA. The self-professed
“nerd” continues to leverage her years of
experience at a variety of accounting and
business software companies in training,
educating and advocating proper communication and marketing to firms sorely lacking
in these skills.
Career Highlights: Countess of Communication,