ATLANTA – Dec. 17, 2020 – Sage (FTSE: SGE), the market leader in cloud business management solutions, today announced three Sage leaders have been named to Accounting Today’s 2020 list of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting.
This annual listing identifies the thought leaders, change-makers, regulators, and other leaders who are shaping the accounting profession. Representing more than any other software vendor, the three Sage colleagues making the list were Taylor Macdonald, SVP of Channels for Sage Intacct; Ed Kless, senior director of partner development and strategy for Sage; and Kevin Cumley, senior director of the Sage Intacct Accountants Program.
Taylor Macdonald is responsible for managing the Sage Intacct Value Added Reseller (VAR) and CPA channel initiatives. Taylor has more than 30 years of experience building and operating some of the largest and most successful channel programs in the world for financial and ERP providers. This is the 17th time Taylor was recognized on the Accounting Today Top 100 list. He was praised by Accounting Today for his role helping large firms build and expand consulting practices built around outsourced accounting, reselling, and software implementation — offerings that are some of the profession’s fastest growing.
Ed Kless has been with Sage for more than 17 years and serves as senior director of partner development and strategy. Ed hosts the Sage Thought Leadership Podcast which offers business and leadership thinking for entrepreneurial organizations and co-hosts The Soul of Enterprise with Ron Baker, who also made the list. Ed was recognized by Accounting Today for being a writer, speaker, and all-around thought leader—specifically noting “Kless makes it his job to introduce the profession to new ideas and new ways of thinking about what they do, and why.”
Kevin Cumley heads up the Sage Intacct Accountants Program where he is responsible for managing the outsourced accounting and BPO channel. Kevin has over 30 years of experience in the accounting profession building and running successful ERP businesses, and is recognized as a leading expert in client accounting services (CAS) using cloud financial solutions. Accounting Today praised him for being a respected figure in accounting technology and helping to create a vision for how to structure, deliver, and manage outsourced accounting services. They specifically noted “with CAS transforming countless practices, his influence is only bound to grow.”
Other notable people that made this year’s list were Erik Asgeirsson, CEO of CPA.com; Joseph Biden, U.S. President-elect; Jay Clayton, Chairman of the SEC; Kevin Dancey, CEO of IFAC; and Richard Jones, Chairman of FASB.