Biography

Tom Pedersen, a Principal at WilkinGuttenplan, joined the firm in 2003. Tom provides accounting, tax and consulting services to real estate entities including commercial properties and condominiums, cooperative corporations and homeowner associations in both New Jersey and New York. His real estate expertise includes audits, compilations, sponsor transition procedures, and preparation of financial forecasts for new construction. Tom also provides audit, review and compilation services for closely held businesses in a variety of industries including telecommunications, technology, hotels and lodging.

In addition, Tom is in-charge of the firm’s on-campus recruiting and does interviewing and presentations at many colleges and universities throughout New Jersey. Internally, Tom is a coach to multiple staff members.

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)
  • Member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA)
  • Member of Rider University Accounting Advisory Council
  • Member of Monmouth University Accounting Advisory Committee

Education:

  • Tom graduated with a Bachelor of Science from The College of New Jersey. He continues his education through regular continuing professional education (CPE) and educational seminars.

Q&A

What excites you most about the future of your industry?

The most exciting thing about the profession is all the changes coming in the near future. So many new technologies are emerging that change the way we operate on every level and that forces everyone in the profession to stay sharp and adapt. You cannot just do what you did yesterday and get by.

What is your favorite part of the culture at WG?

I think the best aspect of the WG culture is that you can be yourself every day. From my first day, I never felt the need to put on a “work face” just to come into the office. Everybody is allowed to be themselves and that makes for a great work environment.

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

Though it doesn’t have anything to do with my job, I couldn’t imagine any song other than Real American as my theme song. It was Hulk Hogan’s theme song when he walked to the ring and I would love to walk into the office one day with it playing.

What’s your proudest professional achievement?

Finding out I had passed the CPA exam. While it was a good few years ago, it is still the most important credential in our profession and finding out I passed was definitely a proud moment.

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