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Bob Arnett..Kansas City Robert D. Arnett is partner in charge of the Firm's Kansas City office. Watching him as he works, it is difficult to imagine that he was ever a shirtsleeve staff accountant. Bob has earned a reputation around the Firm for his impeccable taste in clothing. This is how I work," he explains of the omnipresent jacket. But while his appearance is definitely on the formal side, Bob is relaxed and casual as he looks out on the city's dazzling new Crown Center complex and chats about his shirt-sleeve days with the Firm and the circumstances leading him to the top job in Kansas City and recognition as the Firm's coordinator for air transportation industry matters. BobArnettisaCalifornian by birth, and the trail that took him to Kansas City is a meandering one. "My father was a Texan who moved to San Francisco," says Bob. "When I was very young, the family moved to Seattle where my father was a partner in another of the Big Eight accounting firms. I really loved growing up in the Seattle area, with the hunting and boating and fishing and other activities that make the Northwest such a great place to live. I had put down deep roots there, and just couldn't imagine ever leaving." With accounting and the Northwest in his blood, it is natural that Bob graduated from the University of Washington, where he majored in accounting. He detoured east only long enough to pick up a master's degree in business administration at the Harvard Graduate School of BusinessAdministration, then returned to the Coast to join the redwood division of a lumber company. He worked in the plant for a while, then was given his own sprawling sales territory. He soon tired of the salesman's life, however, and decided to return to accounting. 'Lorin Wilson was partner in charge of the Seattle office then, and his contagious enthusiasm and vigor was what attracted me to Haskins & Sells. He hired me there in 19551' Bob recalls. I n 1956, Bob had the opportunity to attend a nine-week computer course offered by the Fi rm. "There were about twenty-five people in the group," Bob remembers, "and nine of them, like Joe Healy, partner in charge of the Philadelphia office, are now partners or directors in the Firm." After taking the course, Bob was to become more and more involved in MAS work in the Seattle office. He transferred to the MAS division in 1957. He says that one of his most interesting clients was the Seattle World's Fair, for which he did systems design and control work in 1962. In 1965, Bob left H&S to join a client, Northern Commercial Company as corporate controller. The company 12 Copyrighted -- License from Black Star
People in H&S: Bob Arnett..Kansas City
Arnett, Robert D.
Wilson, Lorin H.
Wilkins, Charles W.
Arnett, Robert D.
Haskins & Sells. Kansas City Office
Haskins & Sells. Seattle Office
Haskins & Sells. Cleveland Office
H&S Reports, Vol. 11, (1974 winter), p. 12-13
|Source||Originally published by: Haskins & Sells|
|Rights||Copyright and permission to republish held by: Deloitte; Photograph by Bill Kesler, Black Star|
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|Collection||Deloitte Digital Collection|
|Digital Publisher||University of Mississippi Library. Accounting Collection|