Steve Hube has worked alongside Bill Cloppert throughout his 30 years at Barnes Dennig. For most of that time, Cloppert was the firm’s Managing Director, and Hube watched closely as Cloppert led by putting others first.

Now that he is Managing Director, Hube aspires to lead the same way. He explained the style in an article in the current issue of the Cincinnati Business Courier:

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Barnes Dennig Managing Director Steve Hube

He describes his leadership style as a “servant-leader” and cites Cloppert as his role model.

“It’s putting others first. If an employee has an issue, I’ll put down what I’m doing to address those concerns,” Hube said. “I’m trying to make sure I’m enabling for others, to make sure I have the brightest and smartest people around me to make the best decisions for the firm.”

In a question-and-answer exchange with the Courier, Hube also discussed the firm’s strategy for attracting talent and developing leaders, the uncertainty surrounding future tax law, and the impact of government regulation.

When asked whether government regulations are “more trouble” for Barnes Dennig or our clients, Hube said:

Our clients. Regulations are our business, not theirs. They’re making the products and delivering the services that drive our economy, and too much government regulation gets in the way of that. With issues like health care, labor relations and monetary policy, it’s such an uncertain environment right now, and they’re looking for us to provide insight on the best path forward.

Courier reporter Jon Newberry expanded on that theme in a sidebar article, “Accountants, lawyers seeing boost in business from changing regulations.” In the article, Barnes Dennig Tax Manager Scott Cress discusses some of the tax incentives that Barnes Dennig has helped clients claim – including a tax credit for international marketing efforts and a 10 percent investment tax credit.

From the Courier article:

Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana are all competing to attract businesses to spur economic development, Cress said, and employing professional advisers is probably the easiest way to maximize the benefits. All of the states’ development departments are very helpful, and a business could do it on its own. But most of the time, “the adviser fees pay for themselves and then some,” he said.