CEO Compass - Spring 2023

by Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA | NJCPA CEO and Executive Director | April 21, 2023

The NJCPA’s Future is Bright

As many of you know, I’ll be retiring on June 30 after serving as CEO and executive director of the New Jersey Society of CPAs for the past 23 years. I can’t express how much I’ve loved leading this organization.

When I set out on this journey in 1999, I was laser-focused on meeting and talking to members. That hasn’t changed. Through hundreds of conferences, town hall forums, networking events, firm visits and more, meeting and becoming friends with thousands of Society members over the years has been a highlight of my career. It’s also one of the things that I’ll miss the most!

It’s been an honor to lead this organization as we live out our vision, “To equip and empower New Jersey’s accounting and finance professionals to thrive in their careers.” Each and every day, we advocate for the profession and provide CPAs with meaningful education, information and ways to connect.

As an organization, we’ve never shied away from addressing the challenges impacting the profession — or helping members navigate the change these professional issues necessitated.  

I’m proud of the fact that the Society has established itself as a national thought leader in driving the future of the profession. Every step of the way, we’ve focused on promoting the value of the CPA, knowing that being successful as CPAs in the future means being prepared to navigate a fast-changing and increasingly complex business environment today. I know the next CEO will be just as committed to the Society and the profession.

My parting request is that NJCPA members continue to support the NJCPA Scholarship Fund and the NJ-CPA-PAC. Both entities drive our profession forward and contributing to the Fund and/or PAC is one of the most effective ways to have an impact.

While I won’t miss getting up at 5 a.m. and battling traffic on the Parkway, I will miss talking, debating and laughing with so many of you. I wish the Society and all its members nothing but the best in the future — a future that I know is bright.

Ralph Albert Thomas

Ralph Albert Thomas

Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA, is the CEO and executive director of the New Jersey Society of CPAs. He is a former national and chapter president of the National Association of Black Accountants, was chair of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy’s State Society Relations Committee and is a member of the accounting advisory boards of Lehigh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Montclair State, Felician and Thomas Edison universities and Middlesex County College.

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