In case you were wondering, Grant Thornton chief executive Ed Nusbaum has an iPod. And he loves it.

Nusbaum, the soon-to-be chief executive of Grant Thornton International, let that nugget drop during a video Q&A with Accounting Today. With Nusbaum was Stephen Chipman, his successor as chief executive of Grant Thornton LLP.

But that's not all Nusbaum shared. Apparently, when his two 20-something daughters were kids, he would sneak out the back door to go coach their softball games. Thing is, Nusbaum realized that was the wrong tactic to take: "What you should do is feel proud of the fact that you are spending time with your family," he explained. "So instead of going out the back door, I would go out the front door and tell everybody, 'I have to leave early to coach and you should be doing the same thing.'"

Watch Nusbaum and Chipman talk about their views on social responsibility and expanding their firm's diversity online at

In other Accounting Tomorrow news:

* Cal State University Northridge has some hometown loyalty when it comes to the area of accounting. Seventy percent of the college's graduates work within 50 miles of their alma mater and 40 percent of regional firms are run by managing partners who received their accounting degrees at Northridge.

* We picked up on a discussion online regarding President Obama's advice to high schoolers about Facebook. His opinion? Be careful what you post because it may come back to haunt you. Is he right or a bit behind the times? What do you think? Should we be more careful with social networking profiles, or will this caution soon be a thing of the past? Weigh in with your opinion. E-mail us your thoughts at and we'll post the answers.

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