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5 questions with Aron Dunn

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at 10:47 p.m.

Aron Dunn is taking his volunteerism to the next level.

The 39-year-old vice president and auditor at Allen, Gibbs & Houlik was elected chairman of the 2,700-member Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants in November.

Dunn, the father of 14- and 16-year-old daughters, is a big volunteer. He volunteers with the Greater Wichita YMCA and in 2010 was named that organization’s Volunteer of the Year for Community Development.

That’s in addition to refereeing high school and middle school basketball games in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League, as well as Little League baseball and softball.

The Valley Center native sat for the four-part, two-day CPA exam in his final semester at Emporia State. And he passed — before graduating with his accounting degree. His college roommate took the exam alongside him, and he passed too.

“We kind of competed for it,” Dunn said. “It was physically demanding. Mentally, too.”

Dunn joined AGH in 1996. His audit practice focuses on the construction, agribusiness, manufacturing and wholesale and distribution industries.

Q. How did you get interested in accounting?

A. I was good in math. I liked math. I took my first accounting class as a junior in high school. I enjoyed that. And I had an uncle who was a CPA and owned his own firm in Emporia. In college I just continued to like it the longer I took it.

Q. What about the business keeps you interested?

A. Change. There’s so much change, and the pace of change. There’s always a challenge, something to look forward to, whether it’s tax, assurance or regulatory. Something always to learn, adapt to.

Q. What are some of the top issues facing your industry right now?

A. Change is, again, a big issue. I hate to be political, but you have the “fiscal cliff” and national debt. Figuring out how to deal with it, trying to stay ahead of it is extremely difficult.

Q. If you had to pick one thing you want to accomplish as KSCPA chairman, what would it be?

A. I would like to get increased engagement from the membership. I firmly believe everyone has something to give … it’s just a matter of getting engaged in the profession and giving back to the profession.

Q. What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

A. I’m kind of outdoorsy. I would love to be able to wear blaze orange and camo as much as a suit.

Reach Jerry Siebenmark at 316-268-6576 or jsiebenmark@wichitaeagle.com.

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