CPA Practice Advisor Names Mathew Heggem as a ‘40 Under 40’ Honoree

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CPA Practice Advisor names SUM Innovation CEO, Mathew Heggem, as "40 Under 40" honoree.

Mathew Heggem, CEO of accounting management and consulting firm SUM Innovation, has been recognized by CPA Practice Advisor as a “40 Under 40” honoree. This prestigious annual award recognizes 40 of the best and brightest accounting professionals across the United States who are under 40 years old and leading the industry into the future.

To receive the accolade, a candidate must not only show achievement in the accounting and tax profession, but also show success and involvement in his or her community. Winners must be ambitious and demonstrate ingenuity with game-changing work that stretches the boundaries of the accounting profession.

A dancer-turned-accountant, Heggem brings an unconventional face to an otherwise old-fashioned industry. Using holistic leadership skills, he has become a visionary in the accounting world, guiding his teammates at SUM Innovation to challenge each other so everyone may nurture and support the growth of their clients’ businesses.

Heggem also founded the #SUMTech Summit and The #AccTech Cooperative — both of which explore the intersection between accounting, technology, and entrepreneurship. In his mission to transform the traditional view of his industry, Heggem teaches accounting and bookkeeping workshops to startups and young entrepreneurs, advocating for things like “digital plumbing” and future-proofing accounting systems by embracing cloud-based technologies.

As the board president of the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, Heggem also supports the needs and rights of small businesses to ensure their voices are heard. Recently, he’s become a member of the Conscious Capitalism movement as a local event organizer in New York.

“I’m sincerely honored by this award,” said Heggem. “I hope to inspire the profession and show the world of business that accountants aren’t simply number-crunching robots. Rather, accounting plays an integral and super sexy role in the world of business. And through more dialogue between entrepreneurs, accountants, and developers, we can continue to spur innovation and intelligence in the small business ecosystem.”

For more information about the 2015 CPA Practice Advisor 40 Under 40 honorees, please visit the CPA Practice Advisor website (

About SUM Innovation

SUM Innovation is an accounting management and consulting firm on a mission to help its clients grow! Its dynamic team of experts assesses, designs, implements, and manages accounting solutions for fast-growth startups, international businesses, established and growing businesses, and nonprofits across the U.S. by leveraging its outsourced accounting department and its training and staffing services. SUM Innovation has worked with more than 550 clients in 35 industries and aims to be a continuous leader in the industry.

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