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 2022

by Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA | NJCPA CEO and Executive Director | Oct 12, 2022

CEO Compass - Summer 2022

by Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA | NJCPA CEO and Executive Director | Jul 11, 2022

CEO Compass - Spring 2022

by Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA | NJCPA CEO and Executive Director | Apr 06, 2022
It's been two years since the pandemic gripped our world, but with spring upon us, we’re seeing glimmers of hope. In New Jersey, the public health emergency has ended, the mask mandates in our schools have disappeared and a constant sense of foreboding about the pandemic has been lifted enough that we can look forward to events with our family and friends. While many challenges must still be met by our state, nation and world, it’s important to reconnect with one another in meaningful ways.

CEO Compass - Winter 2021/22

by Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA | NJCPA CEO and Executive Director | Dec 22, 2021
The year is drawing to a close, and between rushed trips to the mall and appearances at countless gatherings, in-person and virtual, it’s important to remember that the holidays are a perfect time to look ahead to the future and set goals for ourselves. In that spirit, we recently asked our members this question: Looking back on the last year, how have your career or business objectives changed?

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.