40 Trailblazers Who are Changing the Accounting Profession

From the Sept. 2013 issue.

This year’s 40 Under 40 honorees are exactly what leaders of a Next Generation Firm look like. They’re trendy, innovative, creative and flexible. They know that the value of their work is not defined by four walls and computer desks. Armed with their smartphones and tablets, they are ready to file tax returns and handle clients’ payroll from anywhere.

They may not be able to agree on if they are Team Apple or Team Samsung, but they do agree that true mobility is a necessity for success. They also know that with great freedom comes great responsibility and are more than willing to work on vacation. Forget traditional business hours. These young men and women are open for business 24/7, and many balance answering tax questions for clients while cheering on their young soccer players or doing a load of laundry.

Many are business owners themselves, some help develop technology and products, but they are all working to revolutionize the way businesses and accountants do business. They have a natural knack for anticipating where the future of accounting is heading and fulfilling the needs of their clients. They may be early adopters of the latest technology, but they don’t just follow the trend, they are the trendsetters.

“When I see these young influencers, it gives me a great deal of confidence in our profession, as a professional,” said Sandra Wiley, Shareholder & COO, Boomer Consulting, Inc. “They are really changing the face of our profession as they look for new and better ways to operate and serve their clients. These professionals naturally embrace the technology that’s not just changing our profession, but the world.” Wiley is a 2013 CPA Practice Advisor Thought Leader and recipient of the 2012 Most Powerful Women in Accounting Award.

The 2013 40 Under 40 honorees represent some of the best and brightest talent in the accounting profession. Each year, vendors, consultants, thought leaders, peers and clients recognize the young professionals they feel are making a difference with their contributions to public accounting. These professionals are committed to serving their clients and customers in the most productive and efficient way. They believe their success is tantamount to their clients’ success.

Congratulations to each and every one of you!

2013 40 Under 40 Honorees:

Adam Kupperman

Alfredo Riverol

Angie Grissom

Anthony Nitti

Aubrey Lynch

Brian Crofts

Brian Tully

Byron Patrick

Cathy Rowe

Cathy Iconis

Chris Farmand

Christian James

Cory Barwick

Dan Moore

Dan Nicholson

Dan Zitting

Dustin Wheeler

Jamie Sutherland

Jason Wells

Jennifer Warawa


Jim Boomer

Joe Lauzen

Jonyce Bullock

Jordan Kleinsmith

Josh Dubrow

Kacee Johnson

Kevin Roosa

Louie Calvin

Matt Patrick

Melanie Geist

Merrill Taylor

Michael Hsu

Noel Abdur Rahim

Pete Miele

Robert Baumann

Roy Keely

Sean Hanthorn

Stacy Kildal

Thomas Fantin

Vasu Maradana