Episode 100 – Tony Nitti

September 20, 2017

Tony shreds his way to better connections


Tony Nitti has been pursuing passions outside of work since before he even started his first job out of college. Having graduated a semester early, he had extra time before needing to report to the Arthur Andersen office, so he moved to Vermont to ski nearly every day. This lead to him pursuing other passions over the years, including racing mountain bikes, back country skiing, and climbing – all reasons he moved to Colorado. After narrowly surviving a brain aneurism several years ago, he’s now more committed than ever to these passions and maximizing his time here.

In this episode, Tony and I talk about how important it was for him to realize that he was completely removed from the things that made him happy by working longer hours and being stuck in a never-ending race to get the most billable hours. He says, “If I let the passions part of me die then everything in my life is going to suffer.” Professionalism preaches a false hope that grinding out more hours is the path to success. It’s much better to feel satisfied in all areas of your life, realizing that your hobbies and passions are much more a part of you than your job is. These are also the ways that we’re able to connect with others in a stronger way. “The real skill I have isn’t my understanding of tax law but that I have the ability to communicate it with people because I am an actual person.”

Tony Nitti is a Tax Partner in WithumSmith+Brown’s National Tax Service Group and the founding father of the firm’s Aspen, Colorado office.

He received his MST, Taxation from the University of Denver.

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Other pictures of Tony

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Tony on his way to winning the 2017 Bailey Hundito 50 mile MTB race

Tony competing in the Leadville 100 MTB race.

Tony standing on the summit of Triangle Peak near Aspen, Colorado.

Tony skiing the Crystal Couloir outside Carbondale, Co.

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