Senior Managing Director
Clifton Gunderson LLP
Los Angeles, CA
When you think of going undercover in the FBI, running an undercover CPA firm probably isn’t the first thing you think of. But that’s exactly what Ron Durkin did, fake name and all. He was also a member of the FBI SWAT team and was even involved in three shooting incidents. “I had exciting times there for sure,” he says.
Ron’s work today is just as exciting to him. He runs his own forensic accounting firm. “I love solving problems for our clients,” he says. “And these problems usually involve some sort of fraud or misconduct. A lot of our clients are victims of fraud and need someone to help them – or they’ve been accused of fraud and need help defending themselves.”
Ron says that forensic accounting is a great field for anyone just starting their CPA career. “Today it’s the most exciting practice area in accounting,” he says, “and it’s a potentially lucrative career choice.” Maybe best of all, it’s a choice that’s allowed Ron to use his real name.
Well, as far as we know, that is.
“A lot of our clients are victims of fraud and need someone to help them.”
Years as a CPA: 35
Best job: Special Agent for the FBI
Worst job: Washing dishes in a bowling alley
Hobbies outside of work: Working out, golfing
Words to live by: "Be a leader, a giver and a doer."