Corporate Anniversaries 2013: N&K CPAs, Inc.
Left to right, Blake Isobe, Wes Hiyane, Alton Miyashiro, Kenneth Yamato, Michael Tanaka, Brian Isobe
When a company reaches its 40th anniversary, you know they have got to be doing something right. N&K CPAs, Inc. will celebrate 40 successful years in business this year, and they make no attempts to keep their secret a secret.
“We hire the right people with the right core values,” says managing principal Alton Miyashiro. “We hire people with good character who are trustworthy and have a high level of integrity. All of those values have been very important to us, and we incorporate this into our recruiting.”
Once team members come on board, the management team at N&K CPAs immediately starts the development process to help them reach their potential.
“We’ve invested a great deal of resources into developing our people,” Miyashiro says. “The partners at our firm have made the commitment to help our team members progress as quickly as possible. Our people are our greatest asset and we need to invest in them.”
Part of the investment comes in the form of professional and personal development, coaching and mentoring and providing numerous opportunities for growth and success.
The right culture and a positive work environment have also been a big part of N&K’s success. Celebrating employee appreciation week, offering flexible schedules, massage therapy and company social activities is a big part of this effort.
“Each division has a budget for this, and with that they can do whatever they want,” Miyashiro says. “They usually go out and party together at least a couple of times per year.”
The company’s efforts have not gone unrecognized. A six-time recipient of Hawaii Business’ esteemed Best Places to Work recognition, N&K CPAs has also been recognized nationally as one of Accounting Today’s top 100 CPA firms to work for in the United States.
N&K CPAs has figured out that at the heart of a good business lies good people, and remaining true to this insight has carried the company through the years. What started in 1973 as an accounting firm with just nine employees has grown to a firm of 60. And they no longer focus solely on accounting. While audit and tax are still part of the firm’s services, they’ve also incorporated some higher-level consulting services.
“We felt that there was a need, not only for our clients, but also some of our prospective clients,” Miyashiro says. “Now, we have an IT consulting group, we do strategic planning, executive coaching and sales training.”
Looking to the future, N&K CPAs plans to improve on what they have done for the past 40 years. “We want to take the firm to the next level,” Miyashiro says, “and our younger team members are an integral part of this plan.”
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