Eric Greenspan, CEO of astUtemy

ABBO Host, Course Author, Webinar Host, Public Speaker, QuickBooks Online Certified ProAdvisor, insightly Hero, Marketing Expert

Eric Greenspan is the father of two boys, living on the bleeding edge of technology and innovation. His passion is fierce in everything he does and you know it from the moment you meet him. Whether it’s parenting, building a company, travel, sports or whipping up the perfect Caesar salad, he commits to excellence, always. As a ferocious entrepreneur, Eric has a love for marketing, technology, organization and making things work. He loves creating mind blowing customer experiences and developing systems that get it done with as few clicks as possible. His companies operate under 74 Degrees LLC, where he is the Chief Clever Officer at 74 Systems, and Chief Education Officer at astUtemy (formerly schoolofbookkeeping.com.) Eric absolutely loves what he does!

At 74 Systems, he helps accounting pros IGNITE their practice with marketing, workflow and innovation consulting services to help with client acquisition, sales training, pricing models, workflow management, web and social media and more. 74 Systems clients grow, fast, adding confidence, clients, skills, revenue and profits. Eric is also an insightly Hero, helping companies deploy and leverage CRM and workflow solutions.

At astUtemy, Eric manages all aspects of the business and handles the company’s sales and marketing efforts, business development and technology. He hosts our weekly Webinars and writes for our blog, Too Legit To Audit.

Eric spends a lot of my time at the keyboard and in the kitchen and has over 10,000 hours at each. In his early years, he could be found on the municipal golf course in Palm Springs, California picking from plentiful lemon trees and selling lemonade on the second hole. Little did he know that this would be the start of his entrepreneurial career. He’s spent his entire adult lifetime building companies and his greatest skill is identifying unique marketing opportunities and driving customer acquisition. His latest company accumulated over 50,000 customers and most importantly, over 44,000 unique customer testimonials.

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Angela Rust, Director of Content, astUtemy

ABBO Host, Course Author, Marketing Expert

Angela has a passion for marketing and creating opportunities for her clients whom she considers friends and some like family. She has over 15 years of experience in sales and marketing. She believes honesty, integrity and fairness are the cornerstones of running a successful business. Her objective is to work diligently to assist you in meeting your business goals and inspire you to create the life you imagine.

A graduate from California Lutheran University with a BA in Business Management, Angela possesses a keen sense for demographics and market climates. She understands the importance of providing a truly personalized service to her clients and delivers the utmost attention every client deserves. Angela’s passion, dedicated work ethic and positive energy, brings a competitive edge to marketing for 74 Degrees LLC clients as well as schoolofbookkeeping.com Scholars.

She is a mother of two beautiful children. It is her life experience as a mom and work as a marketer that has given her a first-hand perspective of the tremendous pressure and emotions involved in building a successful business. These attributes have driven her to develop long-term partnerships and friendships with her clients.

In addition, she is very active in the community. She has been on the board of Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club for seven years, most recently serving as Co-President for 2013-2015. Being part of the community and contributing to improving the lives of others has made a huge impact on her life. She believes that you get back more than you give by helping others. Get out there and get involved. IGNITE your life!

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Jay Kimelman, the Digital CPA, astUtemy Faculty

ABBO Host, Course Author, Xero expert

Jay prides himself on being “not your typical CPA”. While he performs all the functions of a trained and experienced CPA, he brings to the table some diverse skills including a history as a controller for a health care company, the CFO of a pharmaceutical manufacturer, and the founder and owner of his own manufacturing company.

Through these experiences, Jay understands the struggles of business owners, the importance of cash flow, and the need to make technology work for you! Jay is gifted in understanding and utilizing new and emerging hardware and software to save your business time and money.

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Carrie Kahn, Complete Business Group, astUtemy Faculty

ABBO Host, Course Author, QB Product Specialist (IRP)

With 20 years of experience, Carrie loves helping small business owners and their staff implement the most cost-effective and easy-to-use QuickBooks accounting solutions for their businesses. She’s passionate about providing clients with accurate, understandable, and timely accounting reports so they can comply with business requirements as well as run their businesses on a daily basis.

Carrie is the only QuickBooks expert in South Carolina that is both an Authorized Premier Intuit Reseller and an Advanced Certified ProAdvisor. What this means to you is better service, more expertise from multiple perspectives, and better pricing with access to great discounts. She holds several advanced QuickBooks certifications and qualified memberships in addition to her CPA.

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Lynn Mattice, Mattice Business Services, astUtemy Faculty

ABBO Host, Course Author, Bookkeeping Expert, Profit First Professional

Lynn grew up in Connecticut and went to college at University of Florida. Her guidance counselor in high school told her to be an accountant or go in to computers. She wanted to be a teacher. Now she is all three.

Back in 1999 when she was a single mom of two young children, working 60 hour work weeks, Lynn decided that there had to be a better way to work, be happy and help people. She decided she needed a new boss, herself.

Lynn took the leap of faith in October 1999 and has never looked back. She’s been able to learn, teach, grow and help people. And, of course, be her own boss! This leap also showed her children that hard work and dedication with passion leads to a happy and successful business entrepreneur.

With over 35 years experience in accounting (including CPA firms), Lynn has a great understanding of accounting. She’s always been involved from the ground up, starting with the bookkeeping and payroll and reconciling.

Lynn is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor with Intuit for 16 years and certified in QuickBooks Online. Her firm offers more than just bookkeeping, they provide accounting and Profit First consulting.

Mattice Business Services has helped hundreds of small to medium sized businesses over the past 16 years.  Their bookkeepers are also Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors in both desktop and Online.

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Dustin Poland, CPA, CFE, CIA, astUtemy Faculty

Taxation Expert

Born in Southern California, Dustin’s family later moved to Ashland, Oregon. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University, and later attended Southern Oregon University, where he earned a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting. Dustin bring a variety of experience along with him, including working at the largest local CPA firm in his area, serving as an Accounting Manager for the parent company of a large group of Continuting Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), serving as an Audit Manager for a large publicly traded automotive group, and before that as a Financial Research Associate at a financial planning firm.

Dustin is actively involved in the community, serving as Treasurer on the Board of BeeGirl, a non-profit surrounding bee conservation, and formerly on the Board as Treasurer of Ashland Little League. In addition, Dustin is the immediate Past-chair of the Southern Oregon Chapter of the Oregon Society of CPAs.

Outside of work, Dustin enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, Bri, and their three boys.

Jessica Rubenking, Parkside Business, astUtemy Faculty

Bookkeeping and QBO Expert

Parkside Business Services LLC was built on the foundation of a true desire to help businesses reach their true potential and allow owners to get back to what they desire most: be successful. We are a family owned business with local values and morals, meaning we are honest, full of integrity, and believe in an honest days work to get the job done.

With a combined 17 years of college education (including 3 bachelors degrees’, 1 masters degree, and one in the works) and over 30 years of professional experience ranging from customer service, bookkeeping (Quickbooks ProAdvisors Certified), IT, management, administration, and more…we are confident that we have what it takes to make your business run smoother, happier, and definitely more efficiently. Business services are a passion of ours; a truly foundational love of helping others coupled with the knowledge and foresight to bring that knowledge to you and be the professional support that you need to be successful.

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