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Connecticut Society of CPAs names 2015's 'New Professionals to Watch'

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January 4, 2016

The Connecticut Society of CPAs (CTCPA) announced last week its 2015 New and Young Professionals to Watch, three up-and-coming professionals, 35 and younger, who have proven to be emerging leaders.

Following nominations in the fall, a panel of accounting professionals selected the group based on professional or workplace contributions, community service, and CTCPA involvement.

The CTCPA 2015 “New and Young Professionals to Watch” are:

Ross Riskin - Assistant professor of accounting and finance, Albertus Magnus College, New Haven; Vice president – Riskin & Riskin, Orange; Managing member – Riskin Advisory, Orange.

Katherine Donovan - Senior audit associate – Whittlesey & Hadley, Hartford

Tessa Jordan - Manager - Nicola, Yester & Company, Glastonbury

Ross Riskin is vice president of Riskin & Riskin, PC - a public accounting and advisory firm he runs with his father, Robert. Riskin is also one of the only professional advisors in the state (500 in the country) who holds the Certified College Planning Specialist (CCPS) designation and specializes in working with families, financial advisors, accountants, and attorneys to provide college financial planning services. Riskin has published an e-book on Amazon.com entitled Winning: How to Succeed in an Online Graduate Program.

In addition to being a senior audit associate and Whittlesey & Hadley, Kate Donovan serves as secretary of the CTCPA New and Young (NYP) Professionals Cabinet. In 2015, she became a member of the CTCPA’s 30-member Advisory Council, helping provide feedback and guidance to the Board of Directors. She also has extensive work experience with Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE) as a member of its Community Involvement Committee, serving as her firm’s HYPE team community service chair and team co-captain.

Tessa Jordan is a manager and go-to mentor specializing in construction, retail, healthcare, and other closely-held businesses at Nicola Yester. Jordan, along with another manager in the firm, was responsible for developing a new staff training/orientation program last fall. She is also a member of Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE) and its Community Involvement Committee, helping to organize charitable events benefitting the Greater Hartford area. 

For more info on the 2015 Young Professionals to Watch, head to the CTCPA's site here.

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