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New Year Brings New Opportunities

Written by Jess Scheer

First, let me take the opportunity to introduce myself.

I’m Jess Scheer, the new editor of the Accountex blog – the nation’s largest online community of small accounting firm owners. I began writing for and about accounting firms in the late 1990s and I come to this role with a passion for helping firm leaders succeed.

I’m managing a staff of more than 100 contributors, all experts in various aspects of accounting technologies – and all committed to driving your firm’s performance and profitability.

In future blog posts, I’ll lay out a more detailed vision for what you can expect from us. But in short, we want to build on the legacy of this site that draws north of 65,000 accountants every month. With the backing of our global parent company, Diversified Communications, we are continuing to invest heavily in Accountex. Watch this space for more exciting announcements.

Another change I’m excited to tell you about is that longtime QuickBooks advisor Carrie Kahn is joining the team, sharing her 25-plus years of insights with you.

Carrie was named Insightful Accountant’s Top 100 ProAdvisor for the last four years and was Insightful Accountant’s 2017 Social Media Resources ProAdvisor. She currently serves on the Intuit Reseller Program Council. Carrie’s company, Complete Business Group, was named Partner Program of the year for 2017.

She began contributing to the blog last year, including stellar insights into Intuit’s acquisition of T-Sheets – the most downloaded article we posted last month.

Carrie will be writing regularly for the blog, taking over the writing duties of Charlie Russell, who postponed his retirement until Carrie was in place.

“I’m excited that Carrie is going to work with Accountex on the blog. I can’t think of a better person to continue what we started,” Charlie Russell told me. “The best part of writing these articles was the opportunity to interact with so many wonderful, intelligent, interesting people. My thanks to all of you for enriching my life.”

Charlie cannot be replaced. He was our blog’s first editor and most prolific writer. He’s mentored me, our managing editor Chris Horner, and countless writers and accountants over the years.

Charlie will be missed. But rest assured, he’s happy; I spoke with him recently at QB Connect and he glows when talking about his wildflower photography.

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Meeting of the minds: Charlie Russell and Carrie Kahn at QB Connect, November 2017

About the author

Jess Scheer

Jess Scheer is an award-winning business journalist who began covering the accounting profession in the late 1990s.

Jess currently serves as the executive editor of Accountex, the largest online community connecting accounting technology providers and owners of small to midsize accounting firms. The Accountex blog is read by north of 65,000 accountants per month; an annual trade show in the Fall serves as the must-attend event for those who are in search of technology to enable better and more profitable performance.


  • Carrie – all I can say is you have such small feet to fill such gigantic shoes, but I am confident you will do your very best for Accountex.

    And to Charlie…I know you will enjoy the extra time to travel, and take pictures, and tend to the bountiful trees in your garden.

    “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…”

    So it is with us, “my good friend.”

  • Congratulations Carrie and Charlie.
    Charlie you have definitely made a major impact on the community and will be missed. Send us some pictures of your travels.

    I’d also like to point out that the awards Carrie received that were referenced should say “Insightful Accountant’s Top 100 ProAdvisor” and “Insightful Accountant’s 2017 Social Media Resources ProAdvisor”.

    • Well, Thanks, David. That is a bit of a different compliment! It is true, I put a lot of thought into article titles and SEO issues, which is why Accountex Report ranks much higher than many of our competitors. But, heck, just put “QuickBooks” in the title, and your article ranks higher…

  • Charlie, with the news that you are retiring and Murph isn’t far behind, it just might be time for me to retire!!!

    I have always considered you two to be my go “go to people”. You have been such a huge part of our community and a large part of my success.

    I wish you all the best and congrats!!

  • They are both awesome. Charlie has left me with a HUGE amount of resources on top of what I already have. I’ll be here for you so you don’t have to retire!! We are all better together.

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