“Receiving this award is the culmination of my winding and rewarding journey as a CPA. I was a latecomer to public accounting. I started my career as a community service worker and then worked for a nonprofit for more than 12 years. Although my late father was co-founder of our firm, RitzHolman CPAs, I never thought I wanted to be a CPA. He convinced me, however, to get a second degree in accounting, and I passed the CPA Exam while working at the nonprofit. Soon, organizations started asking me to help them with their accounting needs.
In those days, the accounting profession did not have a focus in the nonprofit sector, so I decided to transition to public accounting. I am proud of the work I did to help my firm develop a major nonprofit practice in response to a growing need. I also started teaching accounting workshops for nonprofits in the community and at UW-Milwaukee. As a CPA, I can use the profession’s hard skills to help many organizations.
I came into public accounting in a nontraditional way and encourage other latecomers to do the same. It is a great honor to be recognized by the WICPA for my career achievements.” Andrew C. Holman