Justin Kurn never thought he'd work at an accounting firm. Probably because he's not an accountant and probably also because accounting firms don't have a role that would best utilize his skill set. He did, however, have a need for accounting and tax services for his own business. A client relationship evolved into a friendship. Before he knew it, he was utilizing his experience in sales, marketing and operations consulting to coach up Dark Horse's Accelerators and Principals. And, it was working...really, really well. And so it is that something that started out as just consulting on the side evolved in to an integral role for the firm's plan to scale, broaden their reach, and accomplish their mission to radically change the public accounting experience for CPAs.
Justin got his undergrad in Business Administration from the University of San Diego and his Masters of International Business, Innovation & Entrepreneurship from the Munich Business School. He's worked with businesses of all shapes and sizes, from a SCUBA shop to a yoga startup to a retail consulting firm, just to name a few. Through these experiences, he's cultivated a unique (and effective) approach to leadership, sales and marketing strategies that is clear, actionable and results-driven. Dark Horse CPAs benefit greatly from his coaching and the systems and processes he's implemented at the firm.
When not helping Dark Horse CPAs grow and scale their book of business, Justin enjoys the outdoors; cycling, golfing, hunting & fly fishing, cruising his classic Ford Bronco and scuba and sky diving (that's not a typo...he likes diving of both kinds). He recently relocated to Dallas, TX where he lives with his wife, Lexi and daughter, Payton.
Suzi Drennen is the most knowledgeable, conscientious, and responsive CPA I have ever known—which is why I’ve stayed with her for more than 10 years. She is honest, has always gotten back to me quickly even at the height of tax season, and has saved me thousands of dollars over the years. The icing on the cake is that Suzi’s easy to work with and on top of that, a great person! She and her firm are tops!