7 of the Best Influencers Every Accountant Should Follow

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There is no doubt social platforms can provide you with a wealth of information on almost any subject.

However, getting the information can be the tricky bit! To help you get the relevant information you need to follow industry experts that have their finger on the pulse of new accounting trends, developments and standards. 

Here are 7 of the best and smartest thought leaders in the accounting space you should follow to keep on top of everything in accounting. 

1. L. Gary Boomer

Gary Boomer, CEO at  Boomer Consulting, is a CPA consultant, facilitator, and strategic planning expert. He is an illustrious member of the accounting profession and a specialist in technology and practice management.

Gary Boomer has given several talks on strategy all around the world. A prolific author, he has written many books, including CPA Firm Technology Planning Guide and Successful Technology Consulting: The Boomer Advantage. He regularly shares his insights through the Accounting Today blog.

Over the years, he has earned several awards and received many recognitions as well. He is the creator of two circle groups i.e. Boomer Technology Circles and the Boomer CIO Circle, that offers learning opportunities to professionals. In the past, he has worked with giant companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Thomas Reuters, and Intuit. You can catch up with his latest posts on Twitter or LinkedIn.

2. Rita Keller

Rita Keller is a renowned blogger, coach, advisor, speaker, facilitator, and CPA firm consultant. Her primary focus is firm practice management, where she addresses various topics such as HR, technology, management, and partner issues.

She is also an eminent member of the CPA Firm Management Association and president at Keller Advisors. Time and again, she has been named among the Top 100 Most Influential People in accounting. Follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date with her posts.

3. Jody Padar

Jody Padar is and has been a popular name in the accounting arena. Jody is an accounting ambassador, tech influencer, and a CPA leader. Padar has been vocal about introducing radical changes to the profession.

She is often at the forefront of the Digital CPA movement. Jody’s published works include The Radical CPA: New Rules for the Future-Ready Firm (2015) and From Success to Significance: The Radical CPA Guide (2018). Jody regularly shares her professional insight on Twitter.

Accounting Today has, on several occasions, named Jody as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People. At present, she is the VP of strategy at  Botkeeper.

4. Tom Hood

Apart from being one of the most recognised change agents in the profession, Tom Hood is also a respected writer and thought leader with a prolific digital footprint. 

He is the CEO and executive director of the Maryland Association of CPAs. Some of his past works include developing learning programs to help accountants adjust to firms of the future. Hood is a common name in the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting list. 

He was named the second most influential person in Accounting for the fifth year in 2017. He is also a member of the prestigious CPA Practice Advisor’s Thought Leaders Hall of Fame. Tom is active on social media platforms and has over 750,000 combined followers on LinkedIn and Twitter

5. Jennifer L. Wilson

Co-founder of  Convergence Coaching LLC, Jennifer Wilson is also a management facilitator, teacher, and speaker. She has worked with several CPA firms in her career. Her management consulting firm focuses on CPA professionals and helps them attain their goals.

Jenifer has many awards and recognitions to her name. Her name seldom lacks in the list of the Most Powerful Women in Accounting, in CPA Practice Advisor’s Top 25 Thought Leader Hall of Fame, and in Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting by Accounting Today. Stay informed of her posts by following her on Twitter and LinkedIn.

6. Rick Telberg

Here is another name you frequently hear in executive accounting discussions. Rick Telberg, who currently serves as the CEO of  CPA Trendlines, is a veteran in this profession. 

Telberg has a deep understanding of various topics in the accounting space. He previously worked as an editor at Accounting Today, where he shared his expertise.

His website - CPA Trendlines deals with tax accounting, finance research, and analysis. Telberg also provides services in marketing consulting, business consulting, management consulting, and public relations. Check out Telberg’s posts on LinkedIn and Twitter.

7. Sylvia Dion

For tax accountants, Sylvia Dion should definitely be the next person you follow (if you haven’t already). Apart from offering tax consulting services and solutions, Sylvia is a speaker, avid writer, and tax blogger. She has a long-spanning experience of 25+ years in matters related to tax accounting.

She launched her consultancy firm PrietoDion Consulting Partners that offer services all around the world.

Sylvia is considered as an authority on state tax nexus issues and her work has been quoted in several reports including Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the Boston Globe, and Forbes.com. For the past 5 years, she has repeatedly been named on Forbes’ 100 Must-Follow Tax Twitter Accounts.

Final Thoughts

This list is a good place to start to keep on top of accounting trends and developments at a global scale. 

Also, spare some time to take a look at our list of the best blogs for accountants.

Topics: Accounting