Preparing for the Future: Transform, Innovate, Grow

July 7, 2022

Five thought leaders who were featured speakers at the NJCPA Convention & Expo talk about how the accounting profession can transform, innovate and grow. Find out what Donny Shimamoto, CPA; Gene Marks, CPA; Jim Bourke, CPA; Scott Clemons, CFA; and Kecia Williams Smith, CPA, say CPAs can do to prepare themselves and their companies for the mega changes coming in the next few months and years.

Don  Meyer

Don Meyer

Don Meyer, CAE, is the chief marketing officer of the New Jersey Society of CPAs, where he is responsible for setting the vision, strategy and direction for the organization’s marketing, communications and membership campaigns and for driving the success of a deep and broad swath of organizational initiatives.

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Donny C. Shimamoto

Donny C. Shimamoto

G. Scott  Clemons

G. Scott Clemons

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Gene  Marks

Gene Marks

James C. Bourke

James C. Bourke

James C. Bourke, CPA, CITP, CFF,CGMA, is a partner and the director of firm technology at WithumSmith+Brown. He has served as chair of the AICPA CITP Credential Committee and the AICPA Tech+ Conference. He has been named by Accounting Today as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting” and by CPA Practice Advisor as a “Top 25 Thought Leader in the Accounting Profession.” He is a past president of the New Jersey Society of CPAs.

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Kecia  Williams Smith

Kecia Williams Smith

Kecia Williams Smith, Ph.D., CPA, is an assistant professor and director of the Master of Accountancy (MACC) program in the Department of Accounting and Finance at North Carolina A&T State University. Prior to her role at NC A&T, Kecia served as an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at Virginia Tech. Dr. Smith’s research interests include audit regulation, audit quality, regulatory communications, and auditor judgment and decision-making. Prior to entering academia, she was a senior manager at Deloitte where she led engagement teams in the technology, media and telecommunications practice. Immediately prior to starting her doctoral studies, she was an associate director at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board where she created and led the Inspections Training Office that served over 400 inspection personnel.

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