Brian Rowbotham (San Francisco) joined Crowe in 2017 when the firm combined with Rowbotham & Company LLP, the company he founded in 1991. When he's not focused on client service, new business development and training in the international tax space, Brian is an avid mountain climber. Inspired by Crowe's NABA matching donation campaign, last month, he climbed Mount Whitney to raise additional funds to support the National Association of Black Accountants.
Q: How long have you been climbing?
A: I started hiking and rock climbing in my mid-twenties. In 2002, I decided to make it a personal challenge to climb Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States, with an elevation of 14,505 feet. While my first hike took 18 hours and left me bruised, battered and totally exhausted, I loved the challenge and have now completed 17 climbs. I've taken groups up on the mountains and my hiking buddy and I have created a website at www.mtwhitneychallenge.com with training tips based on our experience.
Q: What inspired you to support NABA as part of your climb this time?
A: I thought a climb would give our people from the San Francisco and Sacramento offices something to rally behind and many responded by contributing $2,600 in donations for NABA.
Q: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
A: I used to be very afraid of public speaking. It felt higher risk than rock climbing to me, but I realized that it was important for me to overcome my fear. I signed up for DaleCarnegie training courses and Toastmasters courses then entered speaking competitions, and now I speak publicly whenever I can.