Kohn Colodny LLP
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Brian Colodny entered the accounting profession for the same reason many people do: he wanted a solid background for eventually running his own successful business. And today, he and his partner run their own successful practice in Reno, Nevada.
But Brian’s other venture is a little more unexpected.
He’s an owner and driver for his own race car team. When he’s not working with clients, you can often find him pushing one of his race cars to the limit on the track. His passion for racing has even helped fuel his business. “A lot of my clients are involved in the professional racing industry,” Brian says. “Team owners, manufacturers of racing products, you name it – they’ve come to me because I know their industry.”
Brian became a CPA more than 25 years ago, working for local, national and international firms before starting his own. “The great thing about being a CPA is that you can earn a salary that allows you to have fun with your life,” he says. “You’ll be able to achieve a balance between career and family.”
Of course, it helps when your crew chief is your wife, and your co-racers are your sons. That’s just how the Colodny family rolls.
“The great thing about being a CPA is that you can earn a salary that allows you to have fun with your life.”
Years as a CPA: 30
Best job: Driving a race car
Worst job: Grooming dogs
Hobbies outside of work: Stock car racing, volunteering
Pets: Dogs and cats
Words to live by: "Don't start it unless you plan to finish it."