At Wilkin & Guttenplan, we pride ourselves on having a well-defined process that ensures opportunities for advancement, while offering our employees the guidance and support necessary for them to achieve their personal and professional goals. Our ability to provide this environment for success is exemplified by Deborah A. Norwicke, CPA.
When Debbie started her winter internship with W&G in 1988, little did she imagine that she would one day become a shareholder in the firm. But, in fact, that's exactly what happened.
"My internship gave me many valuable experiences and convinced me that W&G was where I wanted to start my career," says Debbie. "Even after I finished my internship, I continued to work part-time for the firm while I finished earning my degree at Rider University. The partners and staff were full of such enthusiasm and energy that I knew this was the place for me."
Once she joined the firm full-time after graduation, Debbie focused on providing a range of services including tax planning and preparation, as well as accounting, auditing, and consulting services. While she progressed from a staff accountant to a supervisor and then to manager, she worked with a variety of clients which included closely-held businesses, medical and professional practices and various real estate entities. And at every opportunity, the firm made sure that Debbie was happy with her progress.
"The firm has always placed a great deal of importance on my own, as well as the staff's, overall satisfaction," says Debbie. "Ed Guttenplan invests a significant amount of time and effort into reinforcing our core value—that the staff is the firm's most valuable resource. And the firm's culture, which is driven by the partner group, further reinforces this."
Regarding her professional success, Debbie acknowledges that she feels fortunate. "As I've moved up through the ranks, the partners always supported my professional development and allowed me to define my success," says Debbie. "The people I've worked for, and with, have taken a great interest in me and my advancement within the firm. I've been fortunate to have several mentors, including Michael LoVerde, who worked with me to make sure my needs were being met."
And when she set her sights on becoming a shareholder, the firm supported that decision too. "They were very receptive to the idea from the start," says Debbie. "They worked with me to develop a path and goals to reach that point. And through every step of the journey, the firm provided me with the resources I needed to meet my goal."
So what happens now? "I'm honored to have been made a shareholder," says Debbie. "As I continue to seek new opportunities for personal and professional growth, I am confident that the firm will continue to be supportive and work with me to achieve them."