Star City Six – Brad Devall
SP Group P.C. (spgrouppc.com) is a growing entrepreneurial accounting firm that serves growth-oriented companies and talented individuals in the Midwest. Founded in 2003, the company is operated based upon a strong belief in real relationships, power of team, competitiveness, and balance of work and family life. Brad Devall is a team accountant at SP Group P.C.
Tell us a little about your business.
SP Group P.C. provides tax planning, tax preparation, business startup services, estate and trust preparation, QuickBooks support and training, payroll setup and reporting, business entity selection, IRS representation, and assurance services.
How did you get started in the business?
I transitioned into accounting from the private business sector. A phone call from Darin Petersen, one of our partners, really got me thinking that this would be a great long-term career option. I am very thankful to work at a place with such a great “work” atmosphere and awesome co-workers.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
Transitioning from business owner to the other side of the desk as the accountant. I think my experience in the private business sector has helped me a great deal with my business clients. I have experienced the same issues they are going through and hopefully can provide them with the proper advice.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
Winning the “40 Under 40” award and being recognized by the Lincoln Business Journal.
Tell us a little about your family.
I am married to one of the hardest working people I know, Stephanie. We have two children; Ashlynn (20) is a sophomore at UNL and Alec (17) is a junior at Lincoln Southwest. We truly enjoy watching our children grow into adults.
What do you see as the biggest turning points in your life?
Accepting a walk-on opportunity to play football for Nebraska from Tom Osborne, then attending UNL and meeting my wife during that time. My life is filled with people who I met during that time frame and I am very thankful for them.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Spend time with my family doing almost anything and attending anything Cornhusker-related.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I love to go kayak fishing with my son.
What are you the most proud of?
My family! My wife and children are my rock. I couldn’t be more proud of the type of people they are (not perfect by any means but none of us are).
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Each day learn something, be nice to people, and have fun!
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
I help coach football at Lincoln Southwest. I really enjoy the interaction with young people and helping them improve their football skills.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
Vincenzo’s and Lazlo’s.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
I would love to have dinner one more time with my Grandma and Grandpa Devall.
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