Wealthstream Advisors, Inc.
New York, NY
USA Today. The Wall Street Journal. The New York Times. CNN. Fox. Sometimes it seems like everyone wants Michael Goodman’s opinions on business. Funny thing is, he started his career as a CPA because he wanted to see the business world through everyone else’s eyes.
“I liked the security that comes with having CPA credentials,” he says. “And I loved the idea of getting paid to see how others made money.”
By now, he should know. Michael is the president of Wealthstream Advisors, Inc., a company that manages more than $200 million of their clients’ investments. And he’s sharing what he’s learned through a not-for-profit organization that he cofounded to help teach children about money and business. The program, Commerce Plaza, has already helped teach more than 20,000 kids.
As a CPA who’s worked for a major investment bank, a real estate company and an accounting firm, Michael has a unique perspective on the opportunities that come with being a CPA. “I wish I had known back in high school that there were so many career options for CPAs,” he says. “It’s not just debits and credits.”
“I loved the idea of getting paid to see how others made money.”
Years as a CPA: 21
Best job: Personal Financial Specialist
Worst job: Dishwasher
Hobbies outside of work: Music, hanging out with his sons, golf, cycling
Words to live by: "Attitude is everything!!"