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Ed Guttenplan co-founded WilkinGuttenplan in 1983 and was the firm’s former managing shareholder from 1983 through 2023. In addition to his administrative duties in managing the strategy, personnel, and financial aspects of the practice, Ed provides a wide array of accounting, tax, and business advisory services to closely held and family-owned businesses in the construction, food service, manufacturing, technology, legal, engineering, as well as nonprofit organizations and condo and homeowner associations.

Ed’s real estate practice includes numerous real estate developers. His services include the development of budgets and forecasts, consultation regarding condominiums, cooperative corporations, and homeowner association management, and guidance on accounting and tax matters relating to project development and litigation support services. Ed also services many community associations, including active adult communities, cooperatives, mixed-use, and multi-association communities.

Prior to co-founding WilkinGuttenplan, Ed worked in private industry for both regional and international accounting firms.

Ed is very active in and committed to community service.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • CPA License: New Jersey and New York
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
  • AICPA Certificate in Non-Profit Accounting

Professional and Community Achievements:

  • Member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA)
  • Past President, NJCPA (New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants) 2017/2018
  • Past Board Member, NJCPA (New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants)
  • Past Board Member, NJCPA (New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants) Student Programs and
    Scholarship Committee
  • Past Board Member, New Jersey Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) Scholarship Fund
  • NJCPA Distinguished Service Merit Coin – Standard of Excellence Recognition Recipient
  • Past President, Middlesex/Somerset Chapter of the NJCPA
  • Recipient of the NJCPA Diversity & Inclusion Impact Award
  • Recipient of the NJCPA 2004/2005 Leadership Award
  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Foundation trustee for American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Past Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Council Governing Body
  • Recipient of Forbes Top 200 CPAs
  • NJBIZ Icon Award Recipient
  • Member of the American Accounting Association
  • Accounting Today Managing Partner Elite
  • Recipient of NJBIZ Leadership Finance Lifetime Achievement Award
  • NJBIZ Leader in Finance
  • Rowan University Accounting Advisory Board
  • Rutgers University Accounting Advisory Board
  • Rutgers Hillel Treasurer and Board member
  • Student mentoring at Rutgers and Rowan Universities
  • Past Board Member, Community Associations Institute – New Jersey Chapter
  • Inducted into the Community Association Institute (CAI) Hall of Fame
  • Speaker/Author for Community Associations Institute, New Jersey Chapter, CAI Law Seminar, and CAI National Conference Community Association Institute – Speaker of the Year and Author of the Year Awards
  • Speaker for Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) and Lorman Education Services
  • Speaker for New Jersey Builders Association and at the International Builder’s Show
  • Vice-Chair of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Foundation Board
  • Past Commissioner and Vice Chair, Highland Park Redevelopment Agency
  • Past Chair, Main Street Highland Park
  • Past Vice President of the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey
  • Past President, Highland Park Conservative Temple Congregation Anshe Emeth
  • Past President, Solomon Schechter Day School of Raritan Valley
  • Past President, Central New Jersey Jewish Home for the Aged/Wilf Campus


  • Ed graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Magna Cum Laude with a Master of Business Administration from Boston University. Ed continues his education through regular CPE and educational seminars.


What excites you most about the future of your industry?

Its changing and becoming more advisory with compliance being replaced by robotics, artificial intelligence, and technological change.

What motivates you?

The vision of enhancing the lives of our clients, our staff and our community through the work we do.

What is your favorite part of the culture at WG?

Caring firm philosophy and the focus on developing the next generations of our staff to become leaders to ensure the continuity of the firm.

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

Focus on learning, growing professionally and embracing change – it’s coming fast and furious.

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