Meet Moss Adams' Joshua Bruder, one of North Bay Business Journal's 2019 Forty Under 40
Joshua Bruder, 33, a senior manager for Moss Adams in Napa, is one of North Bay Business Journal's Forty Under 40 notable young professionals for 2019.
Responsibilities with your company: My main responsibility is helping clients achieve prosperity, however they define it. This usually includes reviewing various types of income tax returns (business, trust and individual) and having regular planning meetings with clients and their professional team - business management, financial advisors, and attorneys. Also, I am responsible for mentoring and developing members of the client service team.
How do you exemplify the spirit of being a top Forty Under 40 professional?: I have always given my best effort, treated others with respect, asked questions, know when to lead or follow, and act with integrity.
Years with company: 6.5
Length of time in current position: 2 years
Number who report to you: 10
Greatest professional accomplishment: Becoming a senior manager at Moss Adams and taking on the responsibilities that come with it
Greatest professional challenge: Keeping up with ever changing tax law!
Best advice received: No one is perfect: we all make mistakes.
Single most important event in your professional life in the last 12 months: Giving an external presentation about tax law change and the impact to estate planning with another partner from Moss Adams and two attorneys from a local law firm. It was great to collaborate with very successful individuals and share our expertise with others.
What steps is your company taking to sustain your organization and morale in the current economy?: Moss Adams has been growing organically and through strategic business combinations. Also, we provide flexible work arrangements and plan social events inside and outside the office.
Next professional goal: To become a famous person in the estate tax planning. This is an area that I really enjoy to practice in and I love helping individuals and families meet their life goals.
Education: Bachelor of Science in business administration with an option in accounting from California State University, Chico.
Community/nonprofit activities: Grace Church of Napa Valley - I am a member of the finance committee which helps the organization to meet its financial goals. This in turn helps to support the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs to individuals both locally and internationally.
Mentor/admired businessperson: Gary Stewart - CEO Quantum International Group, Inc. He has taken a personal interest in me and in sharing about his experiences throughout his distinguished career.
What is your most disliked buzzword?: Intentional
Typical day at the office: I like to get an early start checking and responding to emails as this usually involves connecting with clients and team members. After that, most of the day is spent finding solutions to complex income tax and business problems.
Best place to work outside of your office: Client locations - I like seeing clients in their space which usually includes a drive through the beautiful North Bay.
Hobbies: I do like to go out wine tasting with my wife. However, we have two kids under three years old so most of my free time is spent with my kids and there is never a dull moment!
What you wanted to be when you grew up?: Dermatologist
No. 1 thing you want to accomplish by the time you turn 40: I would like complete my Masters in Taxation.
First job: My first job was scooping ice cream and making sandwiches at Baskin-Robbins / Togo's.
Social media you most use: LinkedIn
Favorite book: C.S. Lewis' “The Screwtape Letters.” The writing is great and I enjoy the satirical style of seeing life from someone else's perspective.
Favorite movie: “Beauty and the Beast” for Disney movie growing up. Otherwise, I do enjoy comedies as I like to laugh
Favorite after-work drink: A glass of wine - white or red depending on the weather
Last vacation: North Shore Lake Tahoe last summer. That was as far as my wife wanted to travel from home as she was 7 months pregnant at the time.
What does your mom or dad brag most about you?: That I am a hard worker and enjoy what I do!
Favorite app: Jeopardy; I started to enjoy playing trivia games recently.