Charles C. Craft

Charles C. Craft

Charles C. Craft

Charles C. Craft, CPA
Partner

“It’s exciting, it’s challenging, and it’s ever-changing.”

Thanks to his impermeable memory and gift for storytelling, Chuck Craft meets challenges with a wisdom that comes from viewing the present as only the most recent moment of the past.

“I would say it was planned from the beginning,” he opens, tracing his profession back to a bookkeeping class at Fairmont West High School. Then his 17 accounting classes at Bowling Green State University pinpointed his interest in auditing and tax. They also taught him that he “enjoyed the developing and nurturing of relationships and the wide variety in the public accounting world.”

Eschewing the routine and mundane, Chuck was driven toward public accounting, where he found “each day and every client’s needs different than the day before.” He honed his craft and earned his CPA license during his six years with Touche Ross & Co. There he learned the art of prioritizing and making forward progress in multiple simultaneous engagements. Then, in 1986, Chuck’s virtuosity drew the attention of a Mr. Arthur J. Huber.

For the next several years, Chuck worked closely with Art, ultimately specializing in A-133 Yellow Book government auditing standards and meeting the accounting and tax needs of closely-held businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and medical practices. Earning Art’s implicit trust to handle his client engagements grew Chuck in unprecedented fashion. “I matured,” he explains. “Accounting became less about daily tasks and more about the relationships that drew me into the field in the first place.”

This realization carried profound implications for Chuck’s first occupation as a husband and father of two. Because someone who is doing his or her best is never truly finished, Chuck reflects, the fruits of one’s labor are not just the services rendered, but the people served, whether they are family, neighbors, or clients. With this in mind, Chuck serves as treasurer for Far Hills Community Church and volunteers with Ambucs Education Foundation.

With only 28 years at Flagel, Chuck’s story is still unfolding, although he has already learned something about his narrative arc: “We all have milestones we get to, but the most rewarding part of my work is learning that I have fulfilled my client’s desire.”

Dayton Location
Tel. 937.528.7209
ccraft@fhf-cpa.com

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