“I am equally interested in both figures and people and organisations.” Adriaan Swart was exposed to accountancy from a very young age. The accounting firm, founded in 1925, was named in honour of his grandfather. “Nevertheless, I wouldn’t want to label Swart&co as a family business. It would be too constrictive. Professionalism must be given free reign.”
As an adviser, Mr. Swart attaches great importance to communication. “Due to rules and regulations, the accountancy profession is becoming increasingly formal. We are challenged to provide good pieces of advice, invited and uninvited, taking legislation and regulations into account and without losing sight of objectivity.” Mr Swart said: “To me, it is not just about specialist knowledge, but also about being interested in and focused on many different things.”
La Dolce Vita! His passion for Italy is enormous. It does not equate his love for his wife and four children, but he uses words like ‘in love’ and ‘adore’ in one and the same breath with this southern European country. Relaxation inspires Mr. Swart and gives him new ideas. He clears his head when he goes running three or four times a week. Furthermore, running keeps him trim, despite leading La Dolce Vita.