A Video Conversation with David Tohn, CEO of BTS Software Solutions and Verb8tm - Part IV


David Tohn

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Bringing innovative software solutions from the battlefield to the commercial world

David Tohn is the CEO of BTS Software Solutions, as well as its subsidiary Verb8tm, a captioning and transcription company. BTS Software Solutions provides application, systems, and web development services to government and commercial clients such as the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense, CACI, and Towson University. Verb8tm, whose clients include the University of Maryland and NPR, offers a comprehensive suite of speech-to-text products at the cutting edge of audio and video technology. A 24-year Army veteran who was deployed into combat six times, David brings a unique perspective and proven leadership ability to his positions at both companies. Last December, Under Armour and Baltimore SmartCEO magazine bestowed him with the Game Changer Award at SmartCEO’s 2015 Circle of Excellence Awards. Under his leadership, BTS has earned numerous company-wide honors, such as the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council’s Innovator Award and SmartCEO’s Circle of Excellence Award for Small Technology Business, GOVStar Award for Star Workplace for Emerging Business, and Cornerstone Award for Howard County Small Business.

Q. Tell us about working with Katz, Abosch, Windesheim, Gershman & Freedman, P.A.

DAVID TOHN: It’s going to sound cheesy, but here’s why I love KatzAbosch: I met Alvin Katz through a mutual friend, Ed Rothstein, who was Commander of Fort Meade, and plugged into the Greater Baltimore community, and he was part of the business community, plugged in really well. He’s got a great Rolodex and says, “You’re going to love meeting Alvin, one of the founders here at KatzAbosch.”

And for some reason, Alvin showed very poor judgment and took a shine to what BTS was doing, what we’re doing with Verb8tm, and then personally, we really clicked really well. He knows everybody. You go in a room of ten people, Alvin knows eleven of them. We immediately saw that with the change in ownership of BTS, and the building of Verb8tm, we needed a strategic partner who wasn’t just going to do our accounting and finance support, but could help us grow. It was very clear right upfront that Alvin carried those same values, and wanted to see us succeed, understood where we were as a startup and was very flexible in how we engaged. What we saw from Day One was a commitment to “How do we make you successful? And I’m not worried about just making money today. I want to make money and be a partner for 20, 30, 50 years.”

What’s been fascinating is everyone we’ve worked with at KatzAbosch, from Alvin down to Ryan Sturm, who’s our day-to-day guy; Josh Sutherland; Janine; Linda Lang; Kelly—every name that I can remember that’s associated with KatzAbosch, all carry the same values. We don’t consider them our accounting firm—we consider them part of our family.

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Founded in 1969, KatzAbosch is one of the largest CPA and business consulting services in the Mid-Atlantic region. Our mission is to provide the highest quality accounting, tax, financial and management consulting services to our clients. We understand the needs and challenges of our clients and we have made it our obligation to create, grow and protect asset value. The experts at KatzAbosch offer a full service solution while maintaining a tradition of ethics and incorporating the latest technology and unique business practices. Excellence in an industry often begins with how those closest to the company—its clients and employees—feel about it. For these individuals, KatzAbosch is a place where people and businesses excel and prosper. Our advisors can meet all of your service needs including; Audit & Accounting, Business Valuation & Litigation Support, Consulting, Estate Planning & Administration, Financial Institution Services, Forensic Accounting & Fraud Examinations, State and Local Tax (SALT), Taxes & Planning.

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