Biography

Sefi Silverstein, a Shareholder at WilkinGuttenplan, has been with the firm since 1985. Sefi specializes in providing tax, accounting and consulting services to closely-held businesses and individuals and has significant expertise in both business and individual taxation.  Sefi oversees the firm’s real estate practice group and has a concentration in clients involved in all aspects of real estate.  Sefi’s clients include firms with extensive real estate holdings, which require an array of related services typical in this environment – planning and consulting both on the entity level and personal level, estate planning, trusts, business valuations, family office services, etc.- all while keeping an eye on the global picture.  Sefi is on the Board of the NJ Apartment Association as well as on the Advisory Board of the Rutgers Center for Real Estate.  Involvement in these organizations includes teaching Financial Bootcamp to property managers and owners, as well as presenting on accounting and tax matters to graduate and undergraduate students on a real estate track.

Prior to joining the firm, Sefi worked for a Manhattan–based CPA firm.

Licenses & Certifications:

  • CPA License: New Jersey
  • CPA License: New York

Professional and Civic Achievements:

  • Member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA)
  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Board member of the New Jersey Apartment Association (NJAA)
  • Board member of the Rutgers Center for Real Estate
  • Member of NAIOP New Jersey
  • Founder of the Wilkin & Guttenplan Professional Women’s Networking Group
  • Former Treasurer of Commercial Real Estate Women of NJ (CREWNJ)
  • Former Board Member of the Central New Jersey Jewish Home for the Aged (CNJJHA)
  • Former Treasurer of the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Education:

  • Sefi graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Queens College. She continues her education through regular CPE and educational seminars.

Q&A

What’s your proudest professional achievement?

Being the practice leader of the real estate group, I am most proud of the significant milestones we have achieved in this practice area, and the growth we continue to experience.

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

Listening is an important attribute. Listening well is a form of art.

What motivates you?

Delivering exceptional and pro-active client service is my primary motivating factor.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

“Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston has very powerful lyrics that speak to self-esteem and striving to be the best you can be.

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