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Todd Lisle

CPA, ABV, CFE, CIA® For Todd Lisle, CPA, ABV, CFE, CIA®

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most important thing new CPAs can do is ask, “Why?”

Lisle, a managing partner for BKD CPAs

& Advisors, said, “Ask and strive to learn why it is you are doing what you are doing rather than just doing as you are told. As you begin to see and understand the reasoning behind a particular task or service and its impact to the client, you will think creatively in terms of how you can best accomplish this goal and better internalize what you have been able to accomplish on a go-forward basis.” He continued, “Tis deeper, richer

perspective of the client and their business, industry and market will empower you to better serve them moving forward. As you engrain this approach and line of thinking, you will evolve into a self-starter who brings solutions in addition to just pointing out problems.” For the last 35 years, Lisle has honed his skills to become the self-starter of which he speaks. Te University of Oklahoma graduate was a manager at Arthur Andersen for about 10 years before becoming a partner at Lisle, Compton, Cole & Almen (now BKD CPAs & Advisors) in 1995. He’s been a managing partner for BKD since June 2006. A member for 32 years, Lisle chaired the

Business Valuation/Forensics & Litigation Support Committee and has served as an officer for the Oklahoma City Chapter. He has presented to various organizations regarding business valuation and fraud investigation issues and has taught classes for accounting programs at OU, Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma City University. He previously served as chairman of the John T. Steed School of Accounting Board of Advisors at OU. Because he was honored three times as a Most Admired CEO, Te Journal Record inducted Lisle in its


yourself in the Lord and he will give yo u

the desires of your he ar t . –Psalm 37:4


Getting to know Todd

What would we never catch you wearing? A Speedo

If you could be any superhero, who would you be? Batman, but I would seriously need to increase my cool factor to pull that off

If you could be a master chef at making anything, what would it be? I think it would be cool to have the skills to be one of those chefs at a Japanese steakhouse, but I’d be afraid I would cut off a finger.

If you could have any animal as a pet, regardless of any restrictions, what would you have? A kind-hearted dog is hard to beat

What was your first concert? Kenny Loggins

Do you collect anything? Just the mistakes I make and try to learn from

Chain of Distinction. Additionally, Lisle is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XXIX, chairman of the Beta Teta Pi Foundation of Oklahoma and is vice chair with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s annual Total Resource Development Campaign. Lisle also serves as treasurer of Te Economic

Club of Oklahoma and as a board member with the Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital and the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City. Lisle was chairman and Oklahoma City Chapter president of the Oklahoma Business Ethics

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Consortium and president with Edmond Public Schools Foundation. He is a member of Rotary Club of Downtown Oklahoma City and has volunteered with Upward Transitions, Pivot, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, among others. His colleague, Brian West, CPA, a partner with BKD CPAs & Advisors, said, “When I think of a leader, I think of Todd Lisle.” West explained BKD asked him to consider

moving from Arkansas to Oklahoma in 2011. Lisle interviewed him. “After five minutes of listening to his passion about leadership and community, I was ready to move,” West said. “It has been one of the best decisions of my life, as I have been able to learn and grow under Todd for the past seven years.” “Although he has accomplished so much in

his career, he never stops trying to improve,” West added. “He genuinely cares about our employees; not just about their careers, but also their lives. He has a commitment to adapt, change and face challenges to help others grow.” According to Lisle, growth is unavoidable

for CPAs.

“Te accounting profession is simply changing too fast to fall in line and connect the dots,” Lisle said. “As soon as you are able to recall that process, it will have changed. It is the “why,” the thing that’s driving the process to start with that will serve as your guide throughout while you continue to adapt … In staying curious and observant, you will surely become known as a trusted advisor.”

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