The ROI Influencers Power List 2020: Accountants

Carl Bagell
Managing partner – Southern New Jersey
Friedman LLP
Bagell is the partner in charge of the Marlton office, where he has been successful in pushing company culture as much as serving clients. Friedman has five offices up and down the state.


Paula Ferreira
New Jersey office managing partner
Ferreira is the new head of Mazars in New Jersey, taking over with more than 19 years of experience encompassing tax planning and business consulting services, augmented by her solid background in individual, corporate, partnership and LLC tax issues. 


Glenn Friedman
Prager Metis
Global firm with more than 18 offices worldwide is continuing to build its presence in New Jersey. Last fall, it added a North Jersey firm, which will work out of Prager Metis’ Hackensack office. The firm also has offices in Montvale, Basking Ridge and Cranbury.


Ed Guttenplan
Managing shareholder
Wilkin Guttenplan
The firm, which started in 1983, now has 115 employees, including 56 CPAs. And Guttenplan makes it his mission that all are happy. The firm has received recognition is numerous surveys that rate “best places to work” in New Jersey and nationally, consistently appearing near or at the top in its industry segment.


Bill Hagaman
CEO and managing partner
One of the best-know firm leaders in the state. Some will joke it’s because of his ubiquitous presence in the firm’s advertising. Those who know him well say it’s because of the steady leadership hand he displays at the firm.


Michael Hochman
Partner-in-charge, New Jersey office
Grassi & Co.
The firm introduced a new logo and a new brand strategy: “Strength in Certainty,” saying those three words reflect its highest priority, solving business challenges with the utmost confidence in a world that is quickly evolving with technology, automation and regulation.


Sarah Krom
Managing partner
Women comprise 50% of college accounting program graduates — but less than 25% of women are partners at firms. Krom is out to change that. It’s why her firm boasts a completely gender-balanced leadership team and an employee base of more than 85% women.


Alan Markowitz
Markowitz is a partner in the Assurance Services Division, as well a member of the SEC and Food and Beverage practice groups, at one of the largest accounting firms in the country.


Maria Rollins
Managing partner
Boutique firm continues to get it done for its clients — and its employees. Rollins, who preaches work-life balance, was thrilled when KRS was named one of the 101 Best & Brightest Companies in the Nation to work for — for the second consecutive year.


Steven Schinella
Managing partner, Roseland office
Schinella runs the Roseland office for the renowned national firm. CohnReznick is one of the biggest firms in the state, and prides itself on being strong in a number of areas, including real estate, SEC, construction, and food and beverage.


Alex Serrano
Office managing partner
Citrin Cooperman
Serrano leads the New Jersey office of a national firm that likes to embed itself in its community. Its CEO Evolution and Women at the Wheel events draw huge crowds. The full-service firm specializes in real estate and construction, restaurant and hospitality service, automobile dealerships and cannabis.


Alan Sobel

Managing member
Longtime leader of a firm that is more than 60 years old and still growing, merging with another firm in 2019. Sobel, widely regarded in the industry, is president of the New Jersey CPA board this year.


Diane Wasser
Partner in charge, Metropark office
Wasser, a native of New Jersey who was founder and partner-in-charge of the New York-based firm’s Pension Services Group, will now be partner-in-charge of the New Jersey offices, responsible for day-to-day operations and long-term growth strategy for the three offices and their more than 400 employees.


Jay Weinstein
Vice chair
Weinstein was promoted to vice chair for industries and markets, responsible for executing business strategies for existing markets and segments, as well as identifying new opportunities. Weinstein, a fixture on the New Jersey business scene, figures to remain so.

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