Member Profile - Kael Campbell, CPA


Kael Campbell, CPA, Associate, Transaction Advisory Services, Sikich LLP

Kael's and his wife in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is a great place for social distancing!

ACG Member Since: 2019

What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute your success to, and why?

A personality trait that I think has been vital to my development to this point, as well as into the future, is the sense of complete ownership I show for my work and interactions, including the praise and the constructive criticism that come along with those. I really try to hold myself to a high standard, but understand I will make mistakes and try to learn as much as I can from those situations and apply those lessons going forward.

What led you to this career?

My move to an M&A related career largely stems from the fascination of the behind the scenes work that needs to be done in order to get to closing a deal. I view myself as a lifelong student, and I love learning about the nuances of a transaction and how they vary from another. Having the opportunity to surround myself with very smart people in this world, has forced me to expedite my own professional development, and I’m very grateful for that.

What's a positive from COVID that you will carry going forward?

I’m loving the flexibility of working from home and getting to see my wife much more often than I ever have, and the efficiency of a virtual meeting is incredible. It’s amazing to think how much time was spent commuting or sitting in an airport and how we can be more productive with that time. I am looking forward to traveling again, but I think it won’t be to the degree it was before virtual meetings became the norm.

What's the best meal you've ever had?

That’s a tough one … but one that I often think back to is the beef ribs at Pinkerton’s Barbeque in Houston. Sorry for the vegetarians out there, but they’re amazing! Got to go for lunch, as they often run out of the beef ribs before dinner.

If you had a yacht, what would you name it?

Finders Keepers