Better Than Before Episode 219: Jeff Echelmier on the Role of Leadership in Accounting

Our podcast is designed to provide you with top business insights, fresh perspectives from world-class guests, and the tools you need to lead better than before. In this episode, Tony Richards interviews Jeff Echelmier, CEO of Williams Keepers LLC, on how the leadership team works to overcome obstacles facing their industry.

Segment 1: Tony Richards discusses distracted driving.

01:00 – Welcome to Better Than Before

02:00 – Distracted Driving

Segment 2: Jeff Echelmier, CEO of Williams Keepers LLC, joins us as this week’s featured guest.

09:00 – Guest Background

13:30 – Preparing for the CEO Role

17:00 – The Leadership Team

20:00 – Obstacles for the Accounting Field

24:30 – Advice for New Accountants

26:30 – Tony’s Lightning Leadership Questions

Segment 3: Leadership Lesson: Using Strategic Time to Discover Local Landmarks

35:00 – Exploring Missouri

36:00 – Interesting Places Around You

The key to success in any business is continuous improvement. #BetterThanBefore

About the Guest

Jeff specializes in income tax planning, issues related to forming a new business, succession planning, estate tax planning, and wealth management. He works extensively with business owners, medical practitioners, and individual taxpayers.

In addition to his client service role, Jeff serves as Williams-Keepers LLC’s chief executive officer. He works with WK’s leadership team to guide the firm’s operations, growth and strategies for achieving its vision.

Jeff serves as chairman of the board of directors of Regional Economic Development, Inc. and is a member of the University of Missouri School of Accountancy Advisory Board. He is a past president of the Columbia South Rotary Club and is a member of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Missouri United Methodist Church. He holds a Master of Science in Accountancy degree from the University of Missouri.


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Better than Before is hosted by Tony Richards and produced by Clear Vision Development Group. Our staff includes William Foster and Whitney Coker. You can subscribe or leave a review for Better than Before on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and iHeartRadio. If you have a leadership question you would like answered on the show, email us at



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