Praise for the film was not uniform among critics. While Roger Ebert gave the film three stars (out of four), he called the film a \"compromise, a film that forces a smile onto material that doesn't wear one easily,\" writing that the film drew \"back to story formulas,\" but had good dialogue and performances. The Washington Post critic Desson Howe gave a generally negative review of the film, writing that it \"gets bogged down in sentimentality, while its wheels spin futilely in life-solving overdrive.\"
The Montmartre also has a very good house band, the personnel of which has, at various times, included Don Byas, Oscar Pettiford, Benny Bailey, Joe Harris, Kenny Clarke and Dan Jordan, a young bassist from Detroit. The leader of this group is Stan Getz.
Getz Back in 1983, I was teaching high school math and music at a prep school in Boston. I was totally burnt out and was looking for a new career. The guy in charge of the school's data processing and keeper of the school's PDP-11 quit, and I stretched the truth a bit and convinced the headmaster that I could program the thing. Heck, I couldn't even boot it (if you remember, that required some masterful dipswitch fiddling). A bunch of BASIC manuals later, and I was in business. Soon, the school bought one of the original IBM PCs, and I fell in love right away. A bunch of night courses at Harvard Extension later, I was a programmer! If only it was actually that easy. But it sounds good 20 years later.
Max Getz: Yeah, absolutely. So Casey LeSueur Getz CPAs is a firm designed to offer white glove services to business owners. So, when you become a business owner, you learn very quickly that there is a lot that goes into it, that maybe you didn't plan on when you started the business. And so, we try to be a full service accounting department for our clients. And so what that means is, it starts with bookkeeping and the actual accounting. Making sure their financials are accurate and useful, because if they're not accurate and you don't know how to read them, they're not very useful. And then, it goes into staying in compliance with tax laws. That can be sales tax, that can be income tax, that can be payroll taxes. Making sure that they're staying in compliance because it's much easier to stay in compliance than it is to get back into compliance. So, try to stay ahead of everything, keep them in good graces with the IRS and their states that they're operating in. Beyond that, once we take care of the basics, like the accounting and the taxes, keeping them in compliance, then we kind of go into our consulting, which is kind of making sure that they are operating their business in the most tax efficient way possible. So that's kind of looking at their entity type, that's looking into what they have going on personally from a financial standpoint, and from a business financial standpoint. And, seeing if there's any opportunities there to possibly save them tax.
Max Getz: What I think is great about the services that we offer is, at other firms, you might go to them because you want to get tax advice, and you want to have your tax returns done by CPAs, and that's, I 100% agree with it. That's how I started my career, was doing that. What we've done is, we've taken CPAs that are very good at that, are very good at keeping you in compliance and very good at giving you tax advice. And we've incorporated the bookkeeping side, and the sales tax side, and the payroll side so that the bookkeeping doesn't get in the way of that high quality advice. Because, I can't give you high quality tax advice if I'm looking at financials that are incorrect. So we start by saying, \"We're going to make sure your financials are 100% accurate, that we're capturing the reality of what's occurred in the business.\" And then I'm going to give you my advice based on that accurate information. Because, I'll be honest, in the past, I have seen books that were not accurate and I've tried to give tax advice on that. And then it comes time to do the tax return, and I am starting to notice that the client provided books are not accurate. And so the advice that I gave was not actually applicable to them. That's the last thing we want to happen. We want to rely on accurate financials. So, we start with highly qualified and competent bookkeepers in our office, that are going to keep you on track throughout the year. That's another aspect of it is, I don't want to know what happened after the year's ended. I want to know as the year's going, so that we can be proactive and make decisions based off of this year's income. And we're able to do that with our clients who have these accurate books, because we're seeing it each month as opposed to seeing it after the fact and trying to give you advice after the year's ended, because we're really limited if we wait until the year has ended in what we can do. Whereas, if we get ahead of it, there's a lot of options we can do, to save you taxes and give you advice that goes beyond the taxes.
Max Getz: So, I think the first thing that I do to actively manage my network is make sure that I'm providing really good service to whoever I have as a client. Because, in my industry, your reputation is everything. And so it doesn't matter how great my network is, if I'm not providing good service that will get out to my network, and people won't be comfortable referring me work anymore. So it starts with keeping the promises that I make to potential clients. And then beyond that, there's things that I do to kind of keep my name out there and make sure that people know who I am. So, for starters, I am fairly active on Instagram. That's kind of the platform that I chose early in building my business. And so, I like Instagram because it allows me to kind of get my thoughts out there. Sometimes it's about accounting, sometimes it's about tax. And sometimes, it's just about small business or it's about just showing people who I am, just because I think that's important that you have a general idea of who you're working with so that you know what their values are, and see if that aligns with your values.Alana Muller: So when you're on Instagram, are you on as Max Getz Are you on as a representative of the firm How do you position yourself in social media
and make them more profitable, or make their life easier, then that's what I like about what I do.Alana Muller: Well. So, I mean, you're saying a lot related to how you connect with people, how you reach them. And that, you're using the social network through Instagram as a means of connecting with people, even beyond your immediate network. People who you may not ever meet one on one, but you're showing an accurate and authentic reflection of who you are, and who your firm is by sharing that information and advice. And, because of the state in which you operate, you're able to do that really seamlessly. So great, great idea to leverage social media for good and not bad. I think so many people struggle with, how do you make this relevant How do you incorporate a business element to social media that truly is beneficial to all parties So bravo. Very, very neat.
Max Getz: Absolutely. I would say half of my growth has come indirectly from social media, and that's largely interacting with other professionals on the platform. I think it's because at some point, I became very comfortable being myself online. And I think given what I do, people need to be comfortable with who they're dealing with. And at some point, I got to a point where I said, \"I can blend Instagram, the presentation I give, I can blend it between, here's information and then here's me.\" And so some days I might be posting strictly tax information or accounting information. Another day I might be saying, \"Here's what I love about Arizona here. Here's what I got to enjoy this weekend,\" and just kind of say, \"You can get to know me,\" because you can get to know me without having to book a meeting with me and come into my office. I think, I'll speak for myself. When I'm looking to engage the services of another professional that I've never met, before I invest an hour in the time to drive, to see them, I kind of stalk them online to a degree. I kind of want to get an idea of who they are before I commit that, my time. And I think a lot of people do that with me as well. I think in giving them the Instagram platform is a way for them to. They can follow me, see if they like what I'm saying, see if what I'm saying resonates with them or applies to what they're doing. They can hear me talk. They can hear the way I think through problems. And, if it's a good fit, they have a general idea that they want to work with me before they have to spend the hour of their life meeting with me and talking with me.
Alana Muller: Well, what you're reminding us of is that the internet is forever. So convey the persona or the person that you want to be known as, right This is about personal branding as much as it is connecting with other people. Right So, that's exactly what you described. Very, very good. I know your focus is on helping business owners to meet their tax and accounting requirements while building wealth in a tax efficient manner. How has this approach shaped the way that you build relationships in the community Is there something unique or special that you're doing, because of the nature of the work specificallyMax Getz: So, given what I do and the people that I work with, it's become fun for me to see the success of small business owners and local business owners, not necessarily just small business owners. And so for me it's, sometimes it's spotlighting a local business. Sometimes it's just rooting on other businesses. Again, it goes back to what I find value in. The service that I provide is helping business owners be successful in the business that they chose to do for their lives. And I take that extremely when a business owner trusts me with their financial life, a part of their financial life. I take it very seriously, because that's what they do for a living. That's how they feed their kids. That's how they keep a roof over their head. So for me, it's like rooting on your favorite sports team. When I see a business owner having success, it's like watching my favorite sports team win a championship. And that's kind of, I would say, that's organically kind of become my brand is rooting on local businesses. When I post on Instagram, I'm often talking about how blessed I feel to live in Arizona, surrounded by this business owners, because we're in a business friendly state. So we get to live in a state where people can try out their businesses and have success. And so, watching these business owners grow a business and be successful here in Arizona. For me, it's just I'm counting my blessings to live here. I'll put it that way. And I generally think the people that are successful in life in general, are the people that count their blessings or are grateful and see the opportunities. And so, I try to have that positivity in my Instagram feed, just saying, \"Arizona's a great state. I moved here from California, and I think it was one of the best decisions I've made, career and family-wise, is to move my family out here.\" 59ce067264