Biography

Ed Wilkin co-founded WilkinGuttenplan P.C. in 1983. He has over 40 years of experience helping family-owned and closely-held businesses manage the challenges of growth, cash flow and ownership restructuring opportunities. His clients cover a variety of industries including wholesalers, retail, and food Services, real estate, construction, distribution, manufacturing, consulting, health care services, law firms and other professional practices. Ed has assisted clients with their audit and accounting requirements, securing financing, mergers and acquisitions and planning and implementing business and tax strategies.

As part of his extensive real estate practice, Ed serves a variety of clients including commercial, residential and office and medical property developers, owners/investors, managers, agents and brokers. He works with a diverse assortment of properties including residential homes, apartment buildings, condominium, cooperative corporations and town home communities, low-income housing, including issues related to government regulations (HUD, low-income housing credits, etc.), golf course communities, shopping centers, parking facilities, offices and commercial buildings. He is experienced in all facets of condominium, co-op and homeowner association accounting and consulting with clients throughout New Jersey and New York. Ed also works in the sports, music and entertainment division of WG overseeing client relationships and consulting with clients in all aspects of their financial lives. He is also closely involved in the business management and tax planning areas.

Ed’s expertise in litigation support includes expert witness testimony. He has produced reports and served as an expert in many areas including, shareholder disputes, fraud and embezzlement losses, CIRA board transition, professional malpractice, and probate matters. Prior to co-founding Wilkin & Guttenplan, Ed was a partner with a regional CPA firm.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • CPA License: New Jersey
  • CPA License: New York
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

Professional and Civic Achievements:

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA)
  • Member of the New York Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA)
  • Member of Board of Governors National Realty Club
  • Past President and former Board Member, Community Associations Institute – New Jersey Chapter
  • Past President and Treasurer, Copper Hill Country Club

Education:

  • Ed graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Rider University. He continues his education through regular continuing professional education (CPE) and educational seminars.

Q&A

What is your favorite part of the culture at WG?

My favorite result of the WG culture is seeing and hearing a common message for all of the WG family members when communicating with the outside world. It is also so cool that what Ed G and I made our goal on Day 1 actually worked!

What’s your next big adventure?

I can’t imagine not doing what I do now. Besides traveling and spending time with my grandchildren I definitely want to continue work closely with business owners to be successful.

What advice would you give to the next generation of CPAs and Advisors?

Be engaged with your clients and just go through the mechanical functions of getting the work done. Listen and react to what your clients’ needs are and be proactive in solving them. You don’t have to do it all but develop a network and be able to refer a solution.

Describe the attributes of your ideal client.

My favorite client would be one that is open to being helped and appreciates what their CPA/Advisor can do for them.

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