Star City Six – Jason Hardy
SP Group P.C. (www.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. Jason Hardy is a CPA 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.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
Like most accountants I’m challenged with finding a good work/life balance, especially during tax season.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
Passing the CPA exam stands out as a pretty significant achievement.
Tell us a little about your family.
I grew up in York and my parents still live there. I have one sister who lives in Kearney and one brother who’s moving to Grand Island. Lucky for me, he’s hired a moving company.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Without a doubt joining SP Group. The firm’s first office may have been small and some of the equipment was outdated but it didn’t take long to figure out their main priority, and what they truly cared about, was their clients and team. Over the years they have invested a tremendous amount of their time and money back into my development and I don’t know where I would be without their commitment to me. They’ve continued to update the office and equipment but even if they hadn’t, I think the original copier could still be working today. The one thing that hasn’t changed is the commitment to their clients and team.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
In high school I worked at a restaurant and every Sunday I prepared nothing but omelets for six hours. Since I did this for two years I’ve prepared thousands of omelets in my life. It’s a unique skill that I rarely take advantage of these days.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Treat others how you would like to be treated.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Every year after tax season I go to Las Vegas with some of my college friends. I think if I had the ability to stop time I might be able to win some money.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to be better at golf. Not like a professional or super good, just one stroke better than my coworker Mark Nave.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
What is your favorite movie?
Every time it’s on I find myself watching The Shawshank Redemption. I just hope I never find myself giving ‘sound financial advice’ to my fellow inmates.
What is your favorite TV show?
Even though the show has been off the air for 20 years I still love Seinfeld. It feels like a lot of their themes can still be related to everyday life.
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