New York, NY
For Charles Weinstein, there’s no accurate accounting for why he became a CPA. “I wanted to be an accountant since forever,” he says. “No one in my family was a CPA. I’ve just always wanted to do this.”
Whatever the reasons, Charles made the right decision in following his instincts. Twenty-nine years after becoming a CPA, he’s the CEO for EisnerAmper LLP, a large accounting firm based in New York City. He spends his days meeting with the company’s most important clients and helping grow the business.
“The responsibility of upholding the public trust as a CPA is enormous and challenging. The responsibility of being a trusted advisor to your clients is equally enormous. The reward for doing these things well is priceless.”
Even though he’s been in the business for a long time, he still gets excited about the job because there’s always something new to learn. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s about a technical accounting issue, a business lesson, or even human nature, every day brings something different,” he says.
But, as Charles likes to say, “nobody ever said they wished they spent more time in the office.” So he spends a lot of his time working with not-for-profit organizations such as the Legal Aid Society, a group that provides legal services to the needy. He also works with the American Institute of CPAs and is a frequent speaker on business topics. It’s a chance to use his skills and insights as a CPA to make a difference.
“Sometimes I feel like Lou Gehrig. I am very fortunate to have chosen a career as a CPA and life has been pretty good to me.”
“The responsibility of upholding the public trust as a CPA is enormous and challenging.”
Years as a CPA: 35
Best job: Mentoring
Hobbies outside of work: Basketball, golf, travel
Words to live by: "Be productive every day."