Gary in the Houston Chronicle!

Posted on January 30, 2014 by in Blog, Media

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Gary in the Houston Chronicle!

How to Hire the Right Accounting Professional

Posted on January 27, 2014 by in Blog



BY: GARY N. COOPER, CPA (Original article:


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Building a solid foundation for your business accounting system is a primary key to success, but as a small business owner you have more important things to do than to keep your own books.  If you’ve decided the financial health of your business can benefit from up-to-date accounting, regular financial review and planning for the future, you are ready to hire an accounting specialist.

After determining to hire an accountant, consider the different qualification levels and what services your business requires from an accounting practioner.

A bookkeeper, responsible for day-to-day tasks such as recording financial transactions, entering data and reconciling bank statements, might be just what your business needs. You can outsource bookkeeping tasks for just a few hours each week which will afford you more time to focus on growing your business.

For more involved business needs, a general accountant is skilled in processing payroll, managing financial records and tax returns and setting up accounts payable/receivable. Trained to interpret financial data, accountants generally have college degrees and charge higher fees than a bookkeeper.

However, when it comes to strategic business planning and financial consulting, you should hire a certified public accountant (CPA), the only licensed qualification in accounting.  While experienced in all aspects of accounting, a CPA can provide a variety of business services to impact bottom line results such as determining which entity structure is best for your business strategy, representation during an IRS audit, cash flow management and more.

No matter what level of outside accounting help you seek, small business owners can’t afford to make mistakes when it comes to accounting practices.  When interviewing a firm or individual who will have access to sensitive financial documents, consider the following questions:

·       What services do you offer beyond traditional reporting and “number crunching?”

·       How long have you been in practice?

·       How many clients to you have?  What is your client retention rate?

·       What software do you use?

·       Are you a member of any professional associations?

·       How do you bill for your services?

In addition to asking the right questions, one of the best ways to find the ideal accountant for your business is to source professional accounting associations and small business networking groups in your area.  Or, ask your banker, lawyer, or investment advisor for recommendations. Performing adequate due diligence and asking the right questions will leave you feeling confident about selecting the appropriate accounting professional for your business needs.


When Not Crunching Numbers, Accountant Jams on Drums

Posted on January 16, 2014 by in Blog, Media

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When Not Crunching Numbers, Accountant Jams on Drums

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Gary Cooper and Band Jam on the News!

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Check out this link to watch Gary Cooper and the Forward Results Band Jam crew live on Houston’s ABC 13!

Miya Shay was an excellent reporter, and the whole crew had a terrific day filled with a lot of interviews and even more jamming!

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When Not Crunching Numbers, Accountant Jams on his Drums

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HERE is the link to the article that was posted to about Mr. Gary Cooper: 


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Gary N. Cooper has loved music for as long as he can remember. Cooper began playing the drums when he was just 9 years old, but life, and a busy career as an entrepreneur and certified public accountant, caused him to fall out of practice as an adult. That didn’t stop him from sharing his passion for music with his three sons, including his eldest, Chris, who became a songwriter and musician. Chris has written more than 200 songs, some professionally recorded and produced by Cooper.

It was the desire to create music with his son that caused Cooper to pick up the drums again after a 30-year hiatus. Cooper built a recording studio at his CPA practice in the Heights and, before long, the father-son jam sessions had turned into quite the social event for Houston executives who had put their musical aspirations on hold while pursuing more “practical” careers.

“At first, (the recording studio) was really for him more than me, but then we really started playing, and we started purchasing better equipment – and then we decided to see if we could throw a party and get people to come,” Cooper said.

After as many as 30 businesspeople showed up to participate in Cooper’s first jam session, he began hosting the events once a month. That was more than five years ago; Cooper’s more recent jam sessions have boasted as many as 150 attendees.

“It’s quite an event – a lot of businesspeople,” he said. “(The jam session atmosphere is) mild – no one gets drunk or crazy. It’s a late-night networking event – and everyone is here to have a good time, meet some new people and enjoy themselves.”

When he’s not busy running his expanding CPA practice or jamming with his son and other local businesspeople, Cooper enjoys working out, participating in Bible study fellowship and bay fishing.

For more information on Gary N. Cooper or Cooper CPA Group, call 713-243-8590, email or visit Gary N. Cooper CPA is also on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

NAME: Gary N. Cooper
AGE: 58
OCCUPATION: Entrepreneur; certified public accountant
FAST FACT: Cooper collects autographed albums

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