IssuesWatch LIVE | December 16, 2020

December 21, 2020

During this IssuesWatch Live broadcast, we provided a update on the legislative, regulatory and professional issues impacting CPAs in New Jersey and nationally. 

Alan D. Sobel

Alan D. Sobel

Alan D. Sobel, CPA, CGMA, is the managing member of SobelCo where he is responsible for facilitating the strategic direction and day-to-day management of the firm. He provides expertise to clients in the areas of financial reporting, tax planning for businesses and high net worth individuals, and strategic business planning. Alan is the 2020/21 president of the NJCPA. He developed the concept for the Pass-Through Business Alternative Income Tax Act and played the lead role in writing the legislation and making it fit within New Jersey’s tax structure.

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Chris J. Schiffer

Chris J. Schiffer

Chris Schiffer, AIF, CFP, CPA, MBA, is a senior financial adviser with Wealth Enhancement Group. He was the 2018/19 president of the NJCPA Middlesex/Somerset Chapter. Chris is also a member of the Financial Planning Association. He received a BS in accounting from Fordham University and his MBA in finance and international business from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

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Daniel  Mayo

Daniel Mayo

Edward K. Zollars

Edward K. Zollars

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Jeffrey  Kaszerman

Jeffrey Kaszerman

Jeff Kaszerman is the vice president of government relations for New Jersey Society of CPAs. He works with the CEO and board of trustees to create and implement advocacy initiatives that protect and promote the interests of the CPA profession, the business community and the public.

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Melissa A. Dardani

Melissa A. Dardani

Melissa Dardani, CPA, MAcc, is the founder and managing member of MD Advisory, a boutique forensic firm. She is the leader of the NJCPA Cannabis Interest Group and a member of the Student Loan Debt Task Force and the Emerging Leaders Council. She can be reached at

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Michele  Siekerka

Michele Siekerka

Michele Siekerka, President, NJ Business & Industry Association leads the nation’s largest employer association representing over 20,000 member companies and 1.1 million employees within the state. She brings a diverse background steeped in executive management and a reputation for effective leadership along with her understanding of business and government and how they can productively interact. A former Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, she has also served as president and CEO of the Mercer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and as vice president and senior legal counsel for AAA.

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Ralph Albert Thomas

Ralph Albert Thomas

Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA, is the CEO and executive director of the New Jersey Socieyt of CPAs. He is a former national and chapter president of the National Association of Black Accountants, was chair of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy’s State Society Relations Committee and is a member of the accounting advisory boards of Lehigh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Montclair State, Felician and Thomas Edison universities and Middlesex County College.

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Sean D. Stein Smith

Sean D. Stein Smith

Dr. Sean Stein Smith, CPA, is a professor at the City University of New York – Lehman College. He also is the leader of the NJCPA Emerging Technologies Interest Group (#NJCPATech) and the host of the NJCPA TechTalk Podcast. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, where he co-chairs the Accounting Work Group. He can be reached at

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Theresa  Hinton

Theresa Hinton

Theresa Hinton is Chief Operating Officer at the NJCPA. She can be reached at or 973-226-4494 ext. 212.

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