published on July 1, 2016 - 12:10 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Christopher Morse, Partner

Moss Adams

What we do: Moss Adams is a business and personal advisor to public and private middle-market companies, government entities and not-for-profit enterprises across 33 industries. We help our clients gain traction, manage risk, and seize opportunity through a breadth of assurance, tax, business consulting, and private client services.

Education: Obtained my Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Fresno State in 1988

Age: 50        

Family: Married to Michelle for 23 years

Tell us a little about your career to your current position, Morse.
I started at a local accounting firm in 1989 and became a partner in 1998. I left that firm to become a partner in another local firm which eventually became Morse Wittwer Sampson. We are merging with Moss Adams as of July 1.

What does it mean for Morse Wittwer Sampson to join such an elite firm as Moss Adams? The combination with Moss Adams will strengthen the firm’s resources and capabilities and enhance our ability to provide accounting services to a wider breadth of clients.

What does this transition mean for your clients, Morse?
Our clients will now have access to a broader range of services and resources.

What are some of the responsibilities of your new job as partner in charge of the Fresno office, Morse?
In many ways my role will remain the same, which is to champion client service and business development in the Fresno marketplace. I have no doubt that we will continue to contribute in an impactful way to our people, clients and community.

What is one important piece of advice you offer to your business clients?
It is never too early to make a succession plan.

How would you describe the business climate of Fresno and the Central Valley, Morse?
The business climate in the Central Valley continues to grow and expand its reach. We have many businesspeople who are at the top of their industries. Even with this, it is always challenging with the water issues and the increase in California’s minimum wage.

What was the best advice you ever received, Morse?
Work hard and always treat people with respect. I have applied this to my career from day one and hopefully those that I have come across have seen this.

Tell us a little about your board service.
Currently I am on the Board of Governors at Fresno State, Treasurer of the State Center Community College Foundation, and Treasurer at San Joaquin Country Club.

What are some of your favorite causes you support, Morse?
My wife and I have always prioritized education, so we focus on Fresno State and the State Center Community Colleges. Additionally, the Community Food Bank does a wonderful job for those facing food insecurity.

What was your very first job and what did you learn from it?
I started out delivering newspapers when I was 14, which taught me a great deal about organization and reliability. There was no one to back me up, so I had to get the job done.

What are your roots in the Valley?
My family moved here in 1976 and I never left. I went through the Bullard school system and then on to Fresno State. This has been a great place to live and I feel fortunate to be part of a community that is so dynamic and thriving.

What do you like to do in your spare time, Morse?
I enjoy golfing, traveling, going out with family and friends, and spending time working with and spreading the word about the charitable causes I am involved with.

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