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40 Under 40 Honoree: Ian Shuman, CPA — 37

Director & Shareholder, Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman, Bethesda, MD

40 Under 40 Honoree: Ian Shuman, CPA — 37
Director & Shareholder, Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman, Bethesda, MD

EDUCATION: BS Accounting — Penn State University
FAMILY: Wife of five years.
HOBBIES & INTERESTS: History, travel, baseball, theater,
Sinfonia; former Treasurer of Maryland chapter of Race for the Cure

What’s the one piece of technology that MOST helps you get through
your normal workday?

“My dual monitors. This change has really helped since so much of the
work we do is now paperless. It’s also easier on my eyes than looking
at my laptop screen all day. I keep one landscape and the other portrait and
move things between them as needed. I spend a lot less time switching applications
and resizing windows now.”

What will be the biggest change over the next five years in the ways
tax and accounting firms operate?

“It’s probably impossible to predict a five-year horizon but hopefully
remote access to applications will become commonplace and make interacting with
clients’ accounting systems much easier. The technology is already there
and being used by some, but it has a way to go in terms of acceptance and ease
of use.”

What Ian’s peers had to say about him:
Ian has more than 10 years of public accounting experience providing auditing,
consulting and general accounting services to all types of entities. As a Director
in the Client Services staff, he oversees the full range of outsourced accounting
services, both on and off-site, to businesses of all types at various stages
of development. He frequently advises nonprofits and other businesses on good
practices for setting up their accounting systems. Attention to service has
always been a trait of Ian’s, even before being moved to his current department.
He gives constant, caring attention to client needs and has the ability to seek
solutions “outside the box” to unique nonprofit accounting and management
problems. He provides quick, effective and cost-effective service for small
business clients who appreciate the combination of service and commitment to
their needs.

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