The program is structured as a one-year format, and participants may opt for six-month blocks instead. After the first year, participants have other options:
Bruce D. Stout is a former practicing CPA and financial manager for film, TV and music production companies and personalities. Bruce also built several companies that he founded, and he has advised entrepreneurs and closely-held business owners for many years. He founded The Rainmakers’ Forum over twenty years ago, mobilizing a cadre of professionals and consultants to address the diverse challenges of the global business community.
Bruce began his career at Price Waterhouse & Co., eventually becoming a senior partner of a mid-sized accounting firm. He has an extensive international tax and finance background, and was a lecturer for various organizations, addressing international tax shelter strategies and treaties between nations. His international experience eventually led him to advising known entertainers, living in various countries. This ultimately led to Bruce, establishing a CPA/business management firm with offices in Beverly Hills and Manhattan. He spent several years as the CEO of a California based entertainment company, producing various programs, including an exercise video starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Bruce is the author of numerous marketing and strategic planning books/courses. He was a spokesperson for First Transamerica Life Insurance Company, among many others, teaching accountants, attorneys, business owners and financial services professionals how to be more effective client developers.
In addition to his other responsibilities, Bruce is a volunteer mentor for early stage and growing businesses as a SCORE mentor, affiliated with the SBA.
Executive consultant, helping professionals, private business owners and their firms optimize profitability and growth. His knowledge was expanded as he formed and built various businesses in the technology, professional services and entertainment sectors.
Developed many courses and authored books/training materials for professionals in varied fields.
Bruce hosted the “Preferred Lifestyles” talk show in Los Angeles. Appearances on CNN, CNBC and many other local and national outlets.
AICPA, NYSCPA, NYSSCPA, CSPA, American Management Association, IAFP, Advisor to Machinery Export Management Association, World, Trade Institute
National Association for Ileitis & Colitis, Aids Foundation, Sickle Cell Anemia Association and approximately twenty corporate and banking boards
Once jumped from an airplane (“Never again!”), Musician, Experienced SCUBA diver and Pilot