C. Russell Slappey, CPA
CEO and Managing Partner
Nperspective CFO & Strategic Services
Russell Slappey comes from a long line of financial savvy. With three older brothers entering the field as CPAs ahead of him, Slappey saw the potential there for not only career growth, but the opportunity to put his entrepreneurial spirit to good use.
“I always wanted to be an entrepreneur,” Slappey said. “It was just a matter of how I would do it.”
The “how” came into focus in 2003 with the founding of his company, Nperspective CFO & Strategic Services. Now, as CEO and managing partner, he has the opportunity to not only put his 20 years of financial experience as a CFO to good use, but to add value wherever he can. In each of his responsibilities — which range from working directly with his clients, to spearheading the marketing and business development goals, to developing strategic partnerships throughout the community — Slappey is passionate about shaping a prosperous future.
“I’m inspired by helping others — the idea of building something bigger than yourself,” he said.
Through a partnership with CEO Leadership Forums, Slappey has found a way to take that idea a step further by providing insight about his own leadership experience. Bringing together CEOs for discussions and knowledge content meetings, as well as creating materials to share the discoveries that come from them, CEO Leadership Forums provide comprehensive guidance to those looking for insight on how to best lead their companies. And the impact is exponential, with partnerships with Valencia College and Miami Dade College already blossoming, while providing scholarship opportunities for students and connecting them to businesses for internships. With this exposure, other opportunities are springing up nationally as a result.
By continuously seeking similar partnerships, Slappey brings value to his community and finds himself constantly inspired and motivated by those he meets: “Persistence is the underlying theme in entrepreneurship. I believe in that. It always amazes me how entrepreneurs keep going, through both the successes and the setbacks.”