Spring Mill Partners
“Generally speaking,” Russell Hauer can tell you, “financial issues cause stress for people.” Russell makes it his job to make that stress go away.
He’s Managing Partner at Spring Mill Partners, advising wealthy individuals and families about their taxes and investments.
He’s also an adjunct Professor of Accounting at Philadelphia University, where he teaches accounting to incoming freshmen. He considers teaching the biggest challenge of his professional career, but it’s a challenge he appreciates whenever he looks back on his own time in school.
“I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, and I was told that if I graduated with an accounting degree that I could be an accountant. This made sense to me – I liked money, so I figured that it would be fun to work with other people’s money.” When you look at it that way, Russell’s choice of career is pretty simple.
Now, for people at both ends of the life spectrum – from well-established to just starting out – he is there as an expert guide. People appreciate his expertise, too – so far in his career he’s been invited to fly in private planes, tour the facilities of Fortune 500 companies and even attend the 2008 World Series. They’re just some of the perks that come along with his job.
The others? “I am a pretty simple person and I genuinely enjoy what I do for a living. I think I am lucky because my skills and education have well prepared me to run my business, provide value to my clients and create a pleasant work environment for those that work in my office.” As Russell says, “It’s a powerful thing to make a recommendation to someone that will make a difference in their life.”
Maybe his story will even make a difference in yours.
“It's a powerful thing to make a recommendation to someone that will make a difference in their life.”
Years as a CPA: 14
Best job: Running Spring Mill Partners
Worst job: Raking leaves
Hobbies outside of work: Collecting casino chips
Pets: Molly the cat
Words to live by: "The harder you work, the luckier you'll be."