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Friday, December 15, 2017
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Registration: 9:00 AM


CPE Credits

  • 1.00 CPE Credits in SK


  • $0.00 - Member
  • $50.00 - Non Member
This event is part of the 2017 Hot Topics for New Jersey CPAs Web-Based Learning Pass event bundle.
An update from the CEO on issues that impact CPAs and financial professionals.

Designed For

CPAs and Financial Professionals


NJCPA members may tune in for FREE and will receive 1 CPE credit per edition.

Each edition of IssuesWatch covers trends and developments in business, the profession and the economy as well as legislative and regulatory changes and their implications. This edition will also focus on issues impacting the 2018 tax filing season. Each broadcast includes live Q&A with the attendees.

NOTE: You will only be eligible for CPE Credit once for this webcast even if you attend multiple dates.
(Live Webcast: 12/17, Live Replays: 12/19, 12/20 & 12/27).


Topics include macro trends in business, the profession and the economy as well as legislative and regulatory changes and their implications. Each broadcast includes live Q&A with attendees.

Missed a previous webcast? Visit our Video Library to access the recordings.

Additional Notes

This webinar is part of the Hot Topics for New Jersey CPAs webinar pass.
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Edward Guttenplan

Edward I. Guttenplan, CPA, MBA, CGMA
Managing Shareholder
Wilkin & Guttenplan, P.C.

Ed Guttenplan co-founded Wilkin & Guttenplan P.C. in 1983 and is the managing shareholder of the firm. In addition to his administrative duties in managing the strategy, personnel and financial aspects of the practice, Ed provides a wide array of accounting, tax and business advisory services to closely held and family owned businesses in the construction, food service, manufacturing, technology, engineering, medical, dental, sales industries and community associations. Ed’s real estate practice includes the development of budgets and forecasts, consultation regarding condominiums, cooperative corporations and homeowner association’s management, as well as guidance on accounting and tax matters related to project development and litigation support services. Prior to co-founding Wilkin & Guttenplan, Ed worked in private industry for both regional and international accounting firms. Ed also services many community associations including active adult communities, cooperatives, mixed-use and multi-association communities. He graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in business administration and Magna Cum Laude with an M.B.A. from Boston University.

Ellen McSherry

Ellen C. McSherry
Chief Operating Officer
New Jersey Society of CPAs

Ellen McSherry is Chief Operating Officer for New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA). She oversees the management of all programs that support the organization's strategic plan, mission and objectives. Ellen provides overall staff supervision as they work to achieve the organization's goals and objectives. She also manages all aspects of budgeting and resource requirements. Ellen has been with the organization for more than 25 years. Before her tenure at NJCPA, Ellen was a senior manager at Ernst & Young, overseeing audit executions for Nabisco, International and Becton Dickinson along with audits for the firm’s various health care clients. Ellen holds a Master of Science in Accounting from Northeastern University Graduate School of Professional Accounting and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Assumption College. She holds CPA and CGMA (Certified Global Management Accountant) certificates. She's also a liaison to the NJCPA Board of Trustees and sits on its Strategic Planning, Risk Management, Volunteer Relations and Retirement Savings Committees and liaises to its Council of Past Presidents. She was honored by the Executive Women of NJ as a "Salute to the Policy Makers" recipient and by the NJCPA as a "Woman of Note." Ellen is a wine enthusiast and enjoys watching basketball, going to concerts, and traveling to her favorite places like Europe or California. She's a Eucharist minister for St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Bloomfield.

Ralph Thomas

Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA
CEO & Executive Director
New Jersey Society of CPAs

Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA, began his service as CEO and executive director of the NJCPA in 1999. Prior to joining NJCPA, he held various accounting-related management positions at Citibank, AT&T, Potomac Electric Power Company and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He was appointed to the inaugural American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, and subsequently the AICPA Foundation Board. Thomas is a lifetime member and former national and chapter president of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), was appointed chair of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy’s (NASBA) State Society Relations Committee, and is a member of the accounting advisory boards of Lehigh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Montclair State, Felician, Thomas Edison universities and Middlesex County College. Additionally, he was selected for the last seven years by Accounting Today as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting.” He is also the treasurer of Opportunity NJ. Thomas earned a B.S. in business and economics as well as an M.B.A. from Lehigh University.

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