Hunter Group CPA LLC Earns Best Practices Award From Commerce and Industry Association

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Bergen County-based CPA firm Hunter Group CPA LLC has earned a Best Practices Award from The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and its partner, COMMERCE Magazine, who welcomed business leaders recently to the 3rd Annual Best Practice Conference saluting leadership.

Bergen County-based CPA firm Hunter Group CPA LLC has earned a Best Practices Award from The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and its partner, COMMERCE Magazine, who welcomed business leaders recently to the 3rd Annual Best Practice Conference saluting leadership.

More than 150 executives participated in the conference which featured a keynote speech from Jonathan Gilliam, a national security expert and former U.S. Navy SEAL, who often appears as a CNN commentator. Best Practice Awards were also given to business leaders selected by a blue-ribbon panel of judges assembled by CIANJ. The association represents more 900 corporate members and works to advance free market principles.

Martin Kafafian, managing partner at the Beattie Padovano law firm, who chairs the CIANJ board of directors, opened the program. He said: “It makes so much sense to focus on best practice because they are at the core of what we do at Commerce and Industry Association. CIANJ is all about helping business grow and thrive. What better way to accomplish that, than to share best practices, the experience – the knowledge and lessons learned by running a business.”

As part of the salute to leadership, COMMERCE Magazine Editor Miles Epstein asked business executives to share thoughts on the subject for the magazine’s annual Best Practices Guide. This year’s edition contained advice from 100 chief-executive-officers, managing partners and business owners. The guides were distributed at the conference. They are also available online at http://www.cianj.org/commag/bestpractices2016/index.html
Hunter Group co-managing director Kevin Hansen, CPA, as a contributor to the Commerce Magazine guide, shed light on how the firm makes a difference in a hyper-competitive industry. “The value that differentiates us from our competitors is the human interaction; the experience clients have with our firm,” observed Hansen.

Jonathan Gilliam gave insights on leadership and shared many of his experiences as a Navy SEAL and former FBI agent with the conference goers yesterday at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville. His remarks drew hearty applause from the crowd. He urged the business executives to motivate their teams. “Leaders are made, some are self-made. But many are taught by mentors. There’s no doubt in my mind that leaders are not born – it takes time to cultivate a leader.”

Many of the CEOs who wrote for the Best Practice Guide discussed their personal approaches to leadership and collaboration. The judges were asked to select the most clever, extraordinary and innovative entries to be honored at the conference.

CIANJ President John Galandak said this year’s judges included: Dennis Bone, head of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at Montclair State University; Rob Ffield, a former commander of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight squad; Bill Hanson, president of NAI James E. Hanson; Debbie Hart, president of BioNJ; Dean Paranicas, president and CEO of the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey; and Dean Siamack Shojai of the business school at William Paterson University.

The Best Practice award winners for 2016 included:
BDO USA, LLP
Berkeley College
DataScreening
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Next Level Performance
Grant Thornton LLP
Hackensack Meridian Health
Hunter Group CPA LLC
Investors Bank
Jackson Lewis P.C.
JCP&L
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
Lakeland Bank
Levine Jacobs & Co., LLC
McCarter & English, LLP
Nanina's in the Park
NJCPA
Peapack-Gladstone Bank
QualCare, Inc.
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP
ROYCE Leather Gifts
Sobel & Co. LLC
Springpoint Senior Living
Stockton University
The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System
Trinitas Regional Medical Center
WeiserMazars LLP
Wells Fargo & Co.
Whitestone Associates, Inc.
Whitman
WithumSmith+Brown, PC

Hunter Group CPA LLC is a full service Certified Public Accounting firm that serves closely-held, small to middle-market businesses that are entrepreneurially-managed or family operated enterprises. Established in 1956 in Paramus, the firm provides bookkeeping, tax preparation and auditing services, as well as accounting and consulting on a wide range of financial issues. Additionally, the firm provides audit services for non-profit organizations as well as audits for benefit plans, including 401 (k) plans. Hunter Group also operates two affiliated companies, a financial planning and wealth management firm and a recruitment firm dedicated to placing financial professionals. To learn more, click http://www.thehuntergroup.com.

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