Fall Gratitude

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on November 9, 2020

Robert Dutkiewicz

I think many Michiganders would agree that there is nothing quite like a pristine fall day in Michigan with changing colors, crisp air, and weekend football games. Well, perhaps football hasn’t been quite the same this year, but then again, many things haven’t been quite what they were in the past.

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Labor Day Transitions

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on September 1, 2020

As we all know, in Michigan, the summer starts Memorial Day, and ends on Labor Day. Don’t look now, but Labor Day is right around the corner.  As we reflect on the true meaning of Labor Day, I think all workers should be proud of their accomplishments this year.

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Time to Retrench & Recharge

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on July 27, 2020

It is hard to believe, but we are four months into the Covid crisis. To me, it feels like four years. Though no one knows when this will pass, it seems safe to say that we are in this for the long haul. What continues to echo in my head is the proverbial statement “the strong shall survive”.

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Happy 4th of July!

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on June 30, 2020

It is hard to believe that this favorite American holiday, celebrating fireworks and cookouts with family and friends, is upon us already. Though I don’t have any big plans I am looking forward to a chance to unplug over the three-day weekend. As burnout is being cited as one of the top challenges for employees in the midst of the Covid pandemic, we are all trying to find time to recharge.

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Investing in Our Future

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz and Joe Bamberger on May 20, 2020

COVID-19 has been impacting us all in different ways. Our new normal has been a world away from the office and the face to face interactions with clients and teammates. We are constantly reminded that our team is strong, resilient, flexible, and creative.

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Navigating the Challenges of COVID-19

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on April 1, 2020

I think it is safe to say that, in our lifetime, we have never seen anything quite like this before. The Coronavirus has created anxiety as the health and safety of our loved ones weigh heavily on our minds, along with uncertainty in the economy.

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Coronavirus Care

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on March 13, 2020

At Clayton & McKervey, the health and safety of our employees is of top importance.  As such, we have taken several steps to address the rapidly changing nature of this virus, and the effect it is having on our employees.

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Leadership Lessons

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on March 2, 2020

It seems hard to believe, but it has been four years since we suddenly loss our president, Kevin McKervey.  I am forever grateful for Kevin’s mentoring and preparing me for the leadership position.  However, no matter how well you are coached on the challenges of being the company president, you can only really appreciate and grasp the challenges of the role by actually being in it and living it.

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Early Progress on the International Front

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on February 4, 2020

The new decade got off with a big bang, with significant developments in trade policy. Though their substance and effect seem to be a point of debate, I believe that all three of these recent developments will be positive for the U.S. economy, in some way.

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2020 Vision

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on January 3, 2020

It seems hard to believe that another year has passed. I suspect that many of you are wondering, like me, where 2019 went? Though the year seemed to go by in a blink of an eye, I can only look back on the past 12 months with great appreciation.

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Leadership From Around the Globe

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on December 2, 2019

A few weeks ago I traveled to Rome, along with my fellow shareholder Sue Tuson, to attend the PrimeGlobal World Conference. PrimeGlobal is one of the five largest associations of independent accounting firms in the world.

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Investing in Education

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on October 29, 2019

My mentor, Don Clayton once told me, “never underestimate what one great person can do for your organization,” and  I have never forgotten this! As a firm deeply committed to excellent client service, we are always seeking to add the best and brightest people to the team.

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Honored to be Named Best & Brightest

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on September 30, 2019

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Clayton & McKervey has been recognized for the 15th year in a row, as one of the Metro Detroit’s 2019 Best & Brightest Companies To Work For.  This is a very special recognition to the shareholders since this recognition is from our staff, and it compares our company and culture to our peers and other companies in our marketplace.

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Lives Remodeled

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on September 3, 2019

Earlier this month, my colleagues and I spent the better part of a day in hard work, enduring bee bites, getting nicked and cut, developing sore backs and knees and, when it was all said and done, we all were covered from head to toe in dirt and grime.

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Economic Signs

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on August 5, 2019

The signs from the economy seem to be a bit of a mixed bag.  Though in July, a respectable 164,000 jobs were added and unemployment remains incredibly low at 3.8%, there are other indicators that seem to signal a slowdown.  

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The Era of New Technologies

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on June 11, 2019

Whether business or personal, we all know that technology is profoundly changing our world. We have personally witnessed how many of our clients have needed to adapt to these changes.

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The CPA Harvest

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on April 15, 2019

Oktoberfest is a long-standing German tradition in which the entire country celebrates after months of hard work, culminating in the harvest. Well, we have just finished our own harvest time, with the coming and going of April 15th.

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Economy and the TCJA

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on March 19, 2019

The year-end Federal Government economic reports were published recently and the news was promising.   Despite slowdowns elsewhere in the world, turbulent financial markets, and trade disputes with China, the economy continues to grow at a healthy pace.

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Good Coaching Builds Successful Teams

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on October 8, 2018

October is my favorite month. Not only because of the spectacular weather and changing colors, but because this is the month of the baseball playoffs, the World Series, and the crowning of baseball’s world champions.

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“Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast”

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on July 9, 2018

Our organization, like most, gets really busy attending to the daily tasks at hand of serving clients, hiring and training staff, marketing our services, and tending to the hundreds of other small things needed to make us function effectively.

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Our China Practice

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on June 11, 2018

I am pleased to share the accomplishments from our China service team, from how they serve our clients to providing up-to-date information on the accounting, tax, and business needs of the China market.

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Happy New Year!

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on January 16, 2018

I hope you and your families had an enjoyable holiday season. As we close the book on what most business owners see as a successful …

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2017 Leadership Retreat

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on July 21, 2017

A couple of weeks ago I had a chance to connect with our firm’s entire management group during an off-site event in Traverse City.  The retreat was organized around teambuilding, communication and planning for our future. (Yes, we built in some fun stuff, too!)   Like most firms, we are diligent about connecting as a team periodically to share updates about the business.  This year, however, was the first opportunity for everyone in management to spend three days outside the Clayton & McKervey walls focused exclusively on our culture and strategic planning.  In all, the experience was transformative for me – and survey results from the attendees affirm the positive impact it had on them as well. Here are my top takeaways:

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Thoughts on Brexit

Posted by Robert Dutkiewicz on May 17, 2017

In reflecting on the recent political events around the world, and especially in the UK., I can’t help but be optimistic that everything will work …

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