The Perfect Strike Accountant

Richard Warner photo

Smith Dickson personnel excel at many levels, not just professionally but also in their lives outside of work as well.  Such is the case with Richard Warner, Senior Tax Manager.

Richard is an avid bowler and has actually achieved 14 perfect 300 games over the course of his bowling career!  We tend to not think much about personal accomplishments – but one of our clients recently commented “We are extremely impressed.  I can’t believe that we did not know this about you!” which made us realize others may want to know about this fun fact, too.

Bowling has been a life-long passion for Richard.  He was introduced to the game by his grandparents at around age 3-4, as they were avid bowlers themselves.  “If not for them, I wouldn’t have ever bowled competitively,” says Richard.  During high school and college he worked at Regal Lanes in Orange, where he had bowled since a child.  He has bowled competitively in leagues and tournaments across Southern California.  Says Richard “I just enjoy it as a relaxing activity, a night to hang out with my friends.”

If any other Smith Dickson personnel were to join Richard, we’ve tried to think of some fun team names for a bunch of accountants.  But we’re not sure anyone would get the laugh that we do out of them (e.g., Rolling Stock, Bowling for Dollars, Rolling Depreciators, Team Petty Cash, Ball Return on Investment, 7-10 Stock Splits, Pin Counters, Accelerated Depreciation, Money to Spare, Rolling Average, Life in the Math Plan, Pin Pushers).   Okay, we better stop.

The game of bowling does revolve around numbers, and to many, a peculiar scoring system.  If you think that sounds a bit like accounting, you’re not alone.  We kind of like the similarities.  Here are some interesting bowling “number” facts: When you bowl an optimal strike, the ball itself only hits four pins. A right handed bowler’s ball actually connects with the 1, 3, 5, and 9 pins (sometimes the 8 pin) – and a left hander’s ball will contact the 1, 2, 5, and 8 (or 9) pin.  Theoretically, if you bowled a 300, you’d only hit 48 pins.  “Way to hit 48, Richard”?  No, sounds better to say “Nice 300 game!”