CEO Compass - Spring 2020

by Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA | NJCPA CEO and Executive Director | April 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.

We know that you continue to work hard to support your clients, organizations, colleagues and communities. Your financial expertise is what’s needed to keep businesses open and people working. Your efforts will significantly drive how quickly the economy is able to recover.

I’m inspired by our members, not just the CPAs who continue to serve clients from make-shift home offices, but also those who contribute their time to inform and educate their peers. Members like Ed Zollars come to mind. He has answered question after question on the NJCPA Member Open Forum about tax deadline extensions, the Paycheck Protection Program and more. And NJCPA past-president Frank Boutillette, who along with three of his Withum partners—Jim Bartek, Barry Horowitz and Daniel Mayo— discussed the CARES Act with more than 500 of their fellow CPAs. When we emailed Barry to thank him, he responded,

“It is our pleasure. I am proud to be a member.”

Even though a lot of us are working from home and practicing social distancing, that doesn't mean our community can't stay connected and informed. As we navigate this crisis together, we strive to maintain access to the tools, resources — and, most importantly, the community of peers — that help you do your job better and advance your organizations through this unprecedented time. The NJCPA is here for you with opportunities to connect and engage with members along with news, resources and programs to help you continue your work (and learning) with as little interruption as possible.

We should take comfort from the belief that better days will return. From all of us at the NJCPA, you have our warmest wishes for health and happiness in these turbulent times. Again, please know that the NJCPA staff is here to assist you and be a resource.

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