Are you trying to establish a mentoring program within your firm that sticks? Consider these words of wisdom from a CPA based in New York who co-founded a mentoring initiative that is celebrating 10 years.

"We had people leaving after two years and no one knew why," said Nuruz Rahman, CPA and partner at Margolin, Winer & Evens LLP. "We discovered that it was because they didn't have mentors to show them that public accounting wasn't just about debits and credits and balance sheets – it was about gaining insight into the inner workings of a business and learning how they could play an integral role in helping those companies succeed."

The mentoring program, not surprisingly, has increased the firm's retention rate.Nuruz Rahman has been instrumental in developing a mentoring program at Margolin, Winer & Evens LLP.

Rahman, who works in the firm's Financial Services Practice Group, knows what it takes to succeed. When he was 3 years old his family emigrated to the United States from Bangladesh to build a better life for him and his three younger siblings. His father worked as a janitor and cab driver to make ends meet and instilled in Rahman the importance of hard work and education. Through a variety of loans and scholarships, Rahman went on to earn a bachelor's degree from New York

University's Stern School of Business. He has been with Margolin, Winer & Evens for 15 years.