Biography

Ed Guttenplan co-founded WilkinGuttenplan P.C. in 1983 and is the managing shareholder of the firm. 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 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 and 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
  • Series 7 – Securities License
  • Series 63 – Securities License
  • Series 6 – Securities License
  • Life and Health Insurance Producers License
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

Professional and Civic Achievements:

  • Past President, NJCPA (New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants) 2017/2018
  • Secretary, NJCPA (New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants) 2014/2015
  • Board of Trustees, NJCPA (New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants)
  • Board Member, NJCPA (New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants) Student Programs and Scholarship Committee
  • Board of Trustees, New Jersey Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) Scholarship Fund
  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Council Governing Body
  • Member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA)
  • Past President, Middlesex/Somerset Chapter of the NJCPA
  • Recipient of the NJCPA Diversity & Inclusion Impact Award
  • NJBIZ Icon Award Recipient
  • Accounting Today Managing Partner Elite
  • NJCPA Distinguished Service Merit Coin – Standard of Excellence Recognition
  • Recipient of the NJCPA 2004/2005 Leadership Award
  • Rowan University Accounting Advisory Board
  • Rutgers University Accounting Advisory Board
  • Past Board Member, Community Associations Institute – New Jersey Chapter
  • Inducted into 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
  • Past Commissioner and Vice Chair, Highland Park Redevelopment Agency
  • Past Chair, Main Street Highland Park
  • Board Member, 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

Education:

  • 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 continuing professional education (CPE) and educational seminars.

Q&A

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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