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Episode 40:

Giving Your Staff a Voice and Path

Marty Brown


The Upstream Leader’s Heath Alloway connects with Marty Brown, President and CEO of PYA, to learn more about PYA’s intentional investment and development of young professionals. Although Marty shares a glimpse into challenges in our profession, he has a contagiously positive outlook on why public accounting is a promising career. He shares ideas to build staff engagement and mentoring opportunities to develop future leaders.

About the Guest

Marty serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of PYA, a highly trusted, respected advisory and accounting firm for the business community, serving clients from offices in Atlanta, Helena, Kansas City, Knoxville, Nashville, and Tampa. Since joining the Firm in 1991, he has approached clients’ needs with mindfulness and purposefulness based on defining values—relationships, excellence, character, and impact—and a culture of HELP.

During his tenure, Marty has helped catapult the firm to national recognition that includes INSIDE Public Accounting Top 100 Firm, Modern Healthcare Top 15 Healthcare Consulting Firm, and INSIDE Public Accounting Third Highest Percentage Female Ownership Among Top 100 Firms. PYA also was featured in Accounting Today’s “Inside the Top 100—In-Depth Looks at Four of the Most Successful Firms in the Country.”

Marty’s leadership experience spans more than three decades, many industries, and organizations that include start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Marty served as PYA’s Managing Principal of Consulting Services from 2006 to 2019. His deep and broad insight into healthcare, valuation, financial analysis and oversight, and strategic planning is the basis for his ability to define, seize, and best leverage market opportunities for PYA’s client partners. Prior to joining PYA, Marty served as a senior manager at KPMG.

With strong business acumen and a continued spirit of entrepreneurship, Marty has played an important role in the planning and startup of PYA’s successful affiliated companies, within which he has continued to serve on several executive committees. He also is a champion for excellence, hiring and promoting professionals of the highest character. And, he directs a posture of thought leadership, extending the Firm’s knowledge base to help clients and future clients.

Highlights / Transcript

In this episode we discuss:
  • Changing the narrative to show public accounting is an advantageous career.
  • How to give a voice to staff invested in their career, firm, and profession success.
  • The importance of opportunities for staff to showcase their voice and the positive results.
  • Accelerator program implementation, lessons learned, and outcomes.
  • How intentionality resulted in higher retention rates and boomerang team members.



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