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Phil Vine Joins GJM as Assurance Manager

Phil Vine Joins Gilmore Jasion MahlerWe’re excited to share that Phil Vine has joined the GJM assurance department. We asked Phil to share a bit about himself so we all can get to know him a bit better. We hope you enjoy this Q&A. Welcome to the GJM family, Phil.

Describe your role at GJM:  It’s new, so it’s in the process of being defined.  I have a background focusing on EBP audits, M&D, and engagement quality reviews and a variety of other industries and types of projects that I hope to use to provide value on lots of different fronts.

When did you come on board with GJM?  August 10, 2020

Why did you choose the accounting industry? I initially majored in Actuarial Science, but then changed colleges. My new college didn’t offer actuarial science as a major, so like most people, I assumed that because I was good at math, I should be an accountant. Fortuitously, it ended up being a good fit.

What do you like best about accounting? Public accounting offers a great combination of intellectual challenge, entrepreneurship, and opportunities to build a diverse network of relationships with people who speak the language of business.

Are you from the Toledo area originally? Yes   

What do you like about living in Northwest Ohio? The Toledo area is big enough to have plenty of things to do, but not too big to still have that small-town feel.  

Anything you’d like to share about your past professional experience?  Of the projects that I’ve had the opportunity to be involved with, my two favorites have been focused on 1) helping members of the firm who were in the process of taking the CPA exam and 2) contributing to the firm’s pursuit of advanced audit technologies and general process improvement.

Do you have any pets, hobbies, family?

  • Pets – 2 cats (Fred and Ginger)

  • Family – Wife (Lydia), 4 kids (Eva – 6, Paul – 4, Vivian and Madeline – 2)

  • Hobbies – being a dad – I do like to read, most of which is in audiobook form

How do you like to spend your free time?  What is this free time you speak of?

Are you involved in any community organizations, do any volunteer work? Is there a particular cause you feel strongly about? If so, why?

  • Director of Children’s Ministry at Wyldewood Baptist Church

  • For about 3 years, I served on the board of a local nonprofit, Leading Families Home – The organization helps equip individuals and families who have become homeless to get back on their feet and return to permanent housing.

Favorite song or music?

It’s really a pretty broad range, but here are some.

  • Newer music – Imagine Dragons, Lewis Capaldi, Piano Guys, Ed Sheeran, Andy Grammar, One Republic

  • Older music – Aerosmith, Queen, Bon Jovi

Favorite book or movie?

Again, it’s a broad range.  Here are some favorites

  • Books – Thinking, Fast and Slow; Freakonomics; The Help; The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings (books 2 and 3); Pendergast series, Cotton Malone Series, Jack Reacher Series; Indistractable; Getting Things Done; Start With Why; Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

  • Movies – The Pursuit of Happyness, Indiana Jones (original 3), Knives Out, Lord of the Rings movies, Harry Potter movies

What is something people may be surprised to find out about you? My wife and I had only 6 weeks between our engagement and wedding day to plan our wedding (and I believe we made a profit on it).

Once again, Welcome to GJM!

Established in 1996, Gilmore Jasion Mahler, LTD (GJM) is the largest public accounting firm in Northwest Ohio, with offices in Maumee and Findlay. Locally owned, GJM offers cloud-based accounting and provides comprehensive services including assurance, business advisory, tax, risk advisory, healthcare management and outsourced accounting. The Firm’s professionals specialize in industries including construction & real estate, healthcare, manufacturing & distribution and utilities.