Simply Tax® Episode 124: Tax Associate to CEO

Thoughtware Podcast Published: Jun 11, 2021
Simply Tax® Episode 124

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a CEO? Host Damien Martin caught up with Ted Dickman in his final days as BKD’s CEO to find out some of the lasting tips and memories from his career. In this episode, Ted reflects on his experience and shares tips to help anyone make the most of their career and enjoy the journey along the way. Here’s what’s covered:

  • How Ted describes his role as CEO @02:52
  • Culture at BKD @04:34
  • Experiences as BKD’s CEO and the experiences that prepared Ted for the role @06:17
  • Developing as a leader @08:24
  • Evolving as a leader @11:13
  • Primary drivers in achieving growth @12:08
  • Biggest surprise as CEO @14:23
  • Advice to those starting their career @17:13
  • Why Ted chose tax @20:29
  • Contributing to the accounting profession @22:21
  • Ted’s favorite section of the Internal Revenue Code @24:12
  • Closing thoughts and advice @26:45


Ted Dickman retired as CEO at BKD on May 31, 2021, after nine years in the role, where he was responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the firm’s personnel and partners. Previously, Ted served as regional managing partner of BKD’s East Region, overseeing operations in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, in addition to serving on the firm’s governing board. Prior to that, he was the managing partner of BKD’s offices in Indianapolis, Bloomington, Fort Wayne, Merrillville, and Cincinnati.

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