Biography
Ben Pace | Balentine Director of Accounting and Finance

Ben Pace

Ben Pace, MPA, CPA is Balentine’s Director of Accounting and Finance. In this role, he is responsible for financial reporting, budgeting, payroll, employee benefits, accounts payable, and cash management. Ben has more than a decade of accounting experience, most recently as the chief financial officer and controller at Goodman Decorating Company. Prior to that, he spent five years at Rosenthal & Kaplin as a tax accountant. He began his career as a financial analyst at Wood Partners. Ben graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Georgia and has an MPA from the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.

Education

  • BA, University of Georgia (Accounting)
  • MPA, J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University

Professional Experience

  • Goodman Decorating Company, Chief Financial Officer & Controller
  • Rosenthal & Kaplin, Tax Accountant
  • Wood Partners, Financial Analyst

Professional Affiliations & Awards

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • The Georgia Society of CPAs, Member

Community Involvement

  • Atlanta Community Food Bank, Leadership Circle
  • Northlands Church, Ignite Youth Leader
  • UGA Terry College of Business, Institute for Leadership Advancement Endowment, Co-Chair

Q&A

Where is the most exotic place you have ever been?

My family and I spent a week in a converted farmhouse just outside of Casole d’Elsa in the Tuscan region of Italy. We had a great time sampling food in the surrounding towns of Monteriggioni, San Gimignano, Siena, and, of course, Florence.

What was your best business decision?

Going back to school to get my master’s degree and, eventually, my CPA. I’d tried for several years to make a career as a writer, but it wasn’t working out the way I’d hoped. When I was offered the opportunity to attend Georgia State University, I took it and ran with it. My father played a huge role in helping me not only make that decision, but supporting it financially, as well.

Why did you choose to work at Balentine?

Balentine is a company that shares my values, is a great cultural fit, and will challenge me to become a better accountant and leader.

What do you like to do in your down time away from work?

I enjoy travel, food/wine, and sports. My wife and I frequently attend festivals, college football games, and new restaurants. We often find ourselves planning our next vacation within a week of returning home from our last.

If you weren’t in this business what would you be doing?

If I wasn’t an accountant I would likely be either a counselor or a pastor. People
often come to me for advice, and I enjoy helping others work through their
challenges, especially related to mental and spiritual health.

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