Kathy Parker, CPA, MST of Rodman & Rodman, P.C., an independent accounting and tax firm, was a special guest speaker for the Boston University Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi last week. Ms. Parker, who is a partner at the Newton firm, addressed young professionals on the topic of "Career Paths of a Certified Public Accountant".
"Being a CPA is quite rewarding. Tax season can be very challenging but accounting is a dynamic industry and there is an opportunity to learn something new every day," explained Ms. Parker. "A CPA is a trusted advisor to many businesses and individuals which is an honor that should be embraced. Also, CPAs typically have job security despite the economy."
Ms. Parker continued, "There are a number of different career paths that CPAs may take - from Forensic and Valuation Services, Employee Benefits Auditing and Information Technology to Fraud Prevention, Detection & Investigation to Personal Financial Planning. For anyone interested in a career as a CPA, consider an internship and network with other CPAs. You could also contact the MSCPA or AICPA to learn more about additional career opportunities."
Ms. Parker is the recipient of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs' (MSCPA) 5th Annual Women to Watch Awards. She was selected as an "Emerging Leader" based on her distinctive leadership qualities and her contributions to the profession and her community.
Ms. Parker has been employed with Rodman & Rodman P.C. for 14 years and has risen through the ranks from accountant to senior accountant to partner. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree in taxation from Bentley University in Waltham. In addition to assisting clients with their tax and financial needs, Ms. Parker is a Certified Advanced ProAdvisor for QuickBooks as well as an integral part of Rodman & Rodman’s Green Team, the firm’s specialty practice in renewable energy and clean technology. She is also on the Board of Directors for Invest In Girls, Inc. of Boston.
Delta Sigma Pi is a professional fraternity organized to foster the study of business in universities; to encourage scholarship, social activity and the association of students for their mutual advancement by research and practice; to promote closer affiliation between the commercial world and students of commerce, and to further a higher standard of commercial ethics and culture and the civic and commercial welfare of the community.
Rodman & Rodman P.C. was founded in 1961 and is listed in the Boston Business Journal's "Top 50 Firms". For three consecutive years, Rodman & Rodman P.C. has been named one of the "Best Accounting Firms to Work For" in Accounting Today.
With offices in Newton and Braintree, Rodman & Rodman P.C. provides accounting, tax and business services to small and medium-sized companies. The Rodman & Rodman “Green Team” is a specialized green energy and clean technology accounting and tax services practice within Rodman & Rodman, P.C. that serves “green” clients throughout the U.S. The company is Green Business Certified. For more information, email email@example.com, visit their website at www.rodmancpa.com or contact (617) 965-5959.