"Empowering Caring Leadership: A Conversation with Sean Taylor, CEO of Smith + Howard Advisory (Part One)

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Kathleen welcomes Sean Taylor, a distinguished leader and trusted advisor in accounting and finance, to this week’s episode of Dare to Care in the Workplace. As CEO of Smith + Howard Advisory, Sean brings over 20 years of experience providing strategic guidance, tax planning, financial reporting, and business valuation services. He leads his firm in delivering comprehensive, customized solutions for businesses and individuals across industries. Sean is known as an innovative, passionate leader committed to excellence and adding value for clients and the community. Tune in as Kathleen and Sean discuss caring leadership, empowering teams, and driving positive impact in the workplace.

About Sean Taylor: Sean became Chief Executive Officer of Smith + Howard in January 2019 after 25 years of leadership progression in the Assurance practice. Sean was named one of Atlanta’s Most Admired CEOs as well as the recipient of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants’ 2020 Public Service Award. Additionally, he is called upon to present to many for-profit and nonprofit businesses, lenders and other professional service providers. He has also recently made an appearance on Kennesaw State University’s podcast to discuss workforce challenges pertaining to recruiting and retaining quality employees. As Chief Executive Officer, Sean’s focus is to drive the firm’s vision and growth through core values and employee retention, and he is committed to the idea that our people are our greatest asset. He makes it a priority to nurture and develop each employee’s career so that they can meet their full potential at Smith + Howard.

Sean is a multi-year member of various committees at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, including chairing a $6.5 million capital campaign in 2018 and other committees such as finance, investment, staff parish relations, leadership roundtable, missions and evangelism. At a conference-wide level, Sean served for six years on the Council on Finance and Administration, chairing the committee for four of those years. Sean serves on the Finance Committee of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta as well as the Finance and Investment Committees for Wesleyan School, a private K-12 college preparatory school, and began a five-year term on the School’s Board of Trustees in September 2019.

In 2012, Sean co-founded FoodStock, an annual food packaging event in Dunwoody, Georgia, where over 1,000 community members pack more than 300,000 meals in one day for children in school feeding programs around the globe. This is the largest single-day food packaging event of its kind in Georgia and, to date, this event and other food packaging events in the Dunwoody community associated with FoodStock have packaged over three million meals. Additionally, Sean serves as a mentor to 13 young men through a group he founded called Fit 4 Life, discussing various aspects of faith and life for these 13 young men.

Sean also co-founded and led the firm’s Nonprofit practice and is still an active member of the nonprofit practice at Smith + Howard. Sean graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, where he served on the inaugural GSCPA Leadership Academy.