Kenji Kuramoto: What’s The Significance?

Episode 87

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Jeff Bond

Jeff Bond is the CEO of Chat With Leaders Media and an Executive Partner at the People-First Elevation Team. He specializes in business content and event experience design, focusing on developing growth strategies that enhance customer and employee success. His team produces engaging podcasts and events, both online and in person, that help organizations build relationships and trust with their essential stakeholders. As a podcast host and trusted advisor, Jeff implements collaborative and fun strategies for sustainable business growth and human-centric connection. Off the clock, Jeff is a devoted husband and father of 3 kiddos based in Atlanta, GA.

Kenji is the Founder and CEO of Acuity which builds and maintains financial functions for entrepreneurs and startups. Through Acuity, he’s provided thousands of companies with a full range of financial solutions from high-level strategic financial counsel through its fractional CFO practice all the way to virtualized bookkeeping solutions for early-stage startups. Kenji’s core business mission is to provide scalable financial solutions for entrepreneurs so that their main focus can be on growing their company.

Prior to co-founding Acuity, Kenji was the vice president of finance and administration for one of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation, where he directed the planning, reporting, analysis, and execution of company financial processes. His experience also includes significant tenure with Arthur Andersen where he handled diverse business engagements, including coordinating domestic and international project teams, performing financial services, and assisting clients with due diligence.

Kenji is active in financial, business, and community organizations throughout Atlanta. He is a Board Member for The Entrepreneurs Organization, a Founding Venture Partner at NextGen Ventures, a Board Member of Staplehouse Restaurant (a subsidiary of The Giving Kitchen), a Board Member of Refuge Coffee, and serves on the Xero Partner Advisory Council. He is a CPA in the State of Georgia and a graduate of Wake Forest University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He was named as one of The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40, a TIE Top Entrepreneur, and a Top 50 Cloud Accountant.

Chat Topics

  1. Given the success and positive momentum  in your business, you recently returned from a leadership retreat where you closely examined this important question: “What is the significance?” Why was that question central to your planned discussions?
  2. What were some of the biggest problems you experienced in the public accounting advisory sector that you set out to do differently when you started the Acuity journey in 2004?
  3. What gave you the confidence in growing your business around an entirely remote workforce, many of whom work flexible and part-time hours to serve your clients?
  4. Going back to the present day as you reflect on the outcomes of your retreat and the question of “what is the significance?” –  what answers did your team arrive at?
  5. Why did you recently decide to go through the certification process to become a B Corporation?
  6. How has this decision to become a B Corp been received by your team?  How do you feel it will impact your ability to have a positive influence on society as a for-profit business going forward?

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