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Finalist for the Nashville Business Journal 2011 CFO Award

 

This is an excerpt of the full profile published in the October 21, 2011 edition of the Nashville Business Journal.

Michael Bryant's influence as CFO is evident in his strong, positive leadership role at NASBA. As CFO of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, Michael Bryant is literally the accountants' accountant. Bryant is credited with helping set the tone at NASBA, a frequent winner of our Best Places to Work awards. Described as "not your typical CFO," Bryant has participated in local improv comedy groups in Nashville for over a decade.

What is your biggest challenge as CFO?

As a nonprofit, management reports to a board of directors elected by our membership, and, because of our mission, it is made up entirely of CPAs. They know a CFO's job and have high expectations. This is a great way for me to remain motivated to "sharpen the saw," as Steven Covey would say. Sometimes it is challenging to have this much expertise available as to how to do your job. But I have to say, it has made me more accountable and better in my role as a CFO.

Describe your leadership style.

Hip Hop. I am hip to listen and have everyone engaged and contributing, and then like to hop where I think we should be going. I have great people who know how to get there, and I stay out of their way.

On the homefront, is it a blessing or a curse to be a CFO, and why?

Ask my wife (please).