CEO Compass is my conduit to share thoughts, ideas and plans, and sometimes even questions and challenges that we are facing here at the New Jersey Society of CPAs. I plan to publish CEO Compass each quarter, but if there’s something exciting going on we may issue a bonus issue from time to time.

— Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA | NJCPA CEO and Executive Director

CEO Compass - Fall 2021

by Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA | NJCPA CEO and Executive Director | Oct 06, 2021
For decades, the accounting profession has pursued diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives to create opportunities for all to feel welcome, valued and critical to serving the public interest. Yet, progress is inconsistent at best. In tandem with that, we are witnessing a nationwide decline in not just new CPAs but also accounting program enrollments. To be blunt, the profession has a pipeline problem.

CEO Compass - Summer 2021

by Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA | NJCPA CEO and Executive Director | Jul 07, 2021
During the past year, you have provided more guidance and leadership to your clients, firms and employers than ever before. In such unprecedented circumstances, we were able to come out stronger as a profession and a community. But this shouldn’t surprise anyone. Throughout history, our profession has adapted — it’s how we’ve thrived, and your work in the last year is a continuation of that legacy.

CEO Compass - Spring 2021

by Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA | NJCPA CEO and Executive Director | Apr 21, 2021
To help our members deal with this accelerated change, we’ve transformed our keystone event into a virtual experience where New Jersey CPAs and accounting professionals can gather to exchange knowledge, resources, strategies, solutions and more.

CEO Compass - Winter 2021

by Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA | NJCPA CEO and Executive Director | Jan 06, 2021
Give up on the “return to normal” and be what you can be today and be incredibly proud of that. Understand and create what a good normal is for you and your company right now.

CEO Compass - Fall 2020

by Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA | NJCPA CEO and Executive Director | Oct 07, 2020
While I’m heartened by the progress that New Jersey has made in its fight against COVID-19 and the many ways we have connected as a community, the opportunity to hit the road for a personal “conversation tour” still seems like a long way off. COVID-19 has changed almost everything about how we work and interact professionally, but the “new normal” has also proven just how resilient and responsive the NJCPA and its members can be.

CEO Compass - Summer 2020

by Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA | NJCPA CEO and Executive Director | Jul 15, 2020
While I’m heartened by the progress that New Jersey has made in its fight against COVID-19 and the many ways we have connected as a community, the opportunity to hit the road for a personal “conversation tour” still seems like a long way off. COVID-19 has changed almost everything about how we work and interact professionally, but the “new normal” has also proven just how resilient and responsive the NJCPA and its members can be.

CEO Compass - Spring 2020

by Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA | NJCPA CEO and Executive Director | Apr 21, 2020
I write this at a challenging time for our state and our country — amid a public health crisis, financial difficulties and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all. These unsettling times have impacted every facet of life. For some, the world has been put on hold. For many of you, your work went on with some interruptions, forcing you to make difficult personal and professional decisions.

CEO Compass - Winter 2020

by Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA | NJCPA CEO and Executive Director | Jan 08, 2020
Over the past year, NJCPA staff and leaders have conversed with you in your offices, NJCPA headquarters in Roseland, diners, banquet rooms, casinos and occasionally on the golf course. We asked two simple questions: What keeps you up at night, and how can the NJCPA help? In almost every one of these meetings, there were two recurring themes: where to find talent and how to implement new technology.