About Linda Keith CPA

Linda aka The Certified ‘Playful’ Accountant

At home with business, banking and association audiences

Linda has been in business for over 30 years, advised other businesses through her public accounting practice, and helped run her husband’s construction company. Her presentations to association audiences and her consulting and training in the lending industry come from a depth of understanding of business, of lending and of presenting that few people possess.

See Linda in action…

She is fun and funny

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Let’s face it. CPAs talking about business topics are not known for their outstanding speaking skills. Tax return analysis and financial statement analysis training can be boring if in the wrong hands. Even a 45 minute keynote can put you to sleep if there is nothing funny about it. People listen and learn better when they are having fun.

Linda brings Legos™ to her trainings and everyone gets to play. She is probably the only person on the planet who has perfected a Lego™ model of a tax return.

When she presents the keynote Turn Upside Down, Right Side Up! she wears her Maraschino Red Paddle Jacket. She zips it up, puts on the paddling gloves and grabs the paddle…and the audience is right with her as she capsizes and recovers. Upside down, under water, in the dark…then the successful recovery. They even learn a few paddle strokes!

She has a practical but varied background

Sometimes CPAs know a lot about tax returns and financial statements but not what lenders and business owners need to know. Linda has the background in public accounting you would expect of a CPA but it doesn’t stop there.

Linda was the CFO of her husband’s residential construction business for 20 years. Talk about the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Linda’s business knowledge is practical and learned in-the-trenches.

The Keith’s are residential real estate investors. She is a commercial and mortgage borrower many, many times over. And with complicated tax returns that include two businesses, many rentals and capital gains she put her lenders through their paces.

As the second woman ever hired as an Examiner by the Washington State Auditor’s Office, she understands government regulators because she has been in their shoes.

An active volunteer in the public schools, Linda was voted parent of the year of Capital High School in 2000. As a volunteer, she taught hi-capability math in 5th grade and was the parent coach of the Math Olympiad team. And she continues to teach ‘Junior Achievement’ classes to elementary school students every year.

She is an accomplished trainer and presenter

It is probably not fair that CPAs have a reputation as less than dynamic. But even the dynamic ones aren’t necessarily great presenters.

Linda earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association…the speaking/training equivalent of the CPA in accounting.

When you read the testimonials throughout the site, you’ll see beyond a shadow of a doubt that Linda is good at what she does.

She is flexible

In lender training, Linda’s Excel-based eWorksheet is used by many companies to analyze tax returns. When she does onsite training, however, she can train to her worksheets or whatever worksheet/software you are using… as long as they work. She’ll take a look and give you feedback before the training.

She has trained to everything from Buker’s TaxAnalysis™ to the internally-created systems of Northwest Farm Credit Services and First Bank in Denver.

Conference presentations are customized to the challenges your audience actually face…from work setbacks to lending guidelines in a changing environment.

She continues to be of service

Linda’s students and clients continue to contact her by email and by phone when they run into a challenge. And she continues to help. People are surprised by this. Pleasantly so.

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“You build an organization, develop a relationship or analyze a tax return in just the same way you climb a mountain…one step at a time!”

~ Linda on Hurricane Ridge, Olympic Peninsula, Washington State