Applauding Alumni: Hannah Thoms, BAC '96, MSF '98

Hannah Thoms is a specialist in the areas of estate, tax, and personal financial planning at Gordon Advisors, P.C. in Troy, Michigan. With nearly 20 years of experience in assisting clients in developing strategies to meet their financial planning objectives, while saving current tax dollars and minimizing future tax implications.  She received her Bachelor of Accounting ’96 and Master of Science in Finance '98 from Walsh College. Hannah is a member of the MACPA, AICPA, and the FEPC. 

What is your job title?

Principal at Gordon Advisors P.C. located at 1301 West Long Lake, Suite 200, Troy, Michigan 48098



What do you do in this role?  I am a CPA who assists clients in developing strategies to meet their estate and financial planning objectives, while saving current tax dollars and minimizing future tax implications.  I truly enjoy helping others.

How did Walsh College help/influence you?/Best thing you learned from Walsh College? Walsh provided me the skillset needed to be effective in the business world.  Beyond receiving a thorough education in accounting, tax and finance, I have put to use the take-aways I received from my business communication courses and computer classes.

What have you learned/accomplished along the way to where you are today? Every experience has been a building block that has helped me grow.  I continue to be proactive and seek opportunities to challenge myself as well as inspire others to do their best. 

What is your greatest accomplishment? Raising our three young children is truly my greatest accomplishment.  It’s a huge commitment but so worth the reward.  Of course, I couldn’t do it without the help of my wonderful husband.

How do you encourage others in your organization? In our industry relationships and integrity are key, so one core value that I encourage is communication.  Providing constructive feedback, listening to others, and sharing experiences is vital to the growth of not only the team member but the firm as a whole.

What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess? Communication.  Every leader needs to know how to effectively communicate. Leaders must know how to listen, understand, and then speak.  Again listening to the needs of others and being able to provide timely feedback allows for a flow of communication that is open.   When there is freedom to express and share so many great ideas are born.

What is the biggest challenge facing leaders today? Due to technology advancement, leaders are more accessible and expected to respond more quickly than ever before.  Many times this may result in focusing on urgent minor matters rather than the important long-term vision.

What is one mistake you witness leaders making more frequently than others?  Not asking for team participation.  With team participation- not only would there be buy-in but an opportunity to challenging others to go beyond their comfort zones. 

What are you doing to help others grow into great leaders?  Dedicating the time to teach them, challenge them and encourage them.  I believe investing in our team members is a win-win for all – the team member, the clients and the firm.

Last question, what are two words you live by?  Vision and love.  As Steve Jobs stated, “If you work on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed.  The vision pulls you.”   As for love, Mother Teresa said it best,” Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”  I believe when looking at challenges as opportunities and then execute with vision and love; you can make an impactful difference. 


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