Princeton, NJ/New York, NY/Philadelphia, PAWithumSmith+Brown, PC (Withum), is not your parents’ public accounting firm. Not even close. Just this week, the Princeton, NJ-based Top-30 nationally ranked audit, tax and advisory firm showcased how it is shattering stereotypes by breeding a new generation of industry professionals at its State of the Firm Annual Meeting.

“We unveiled a video showcasing how Withum and its more than 800 employees are shattering industry stereotypes – as number crunchers, journal jugglers and pencil pushers – that have plagued our profession for decades,” said Bill Hagaman, the firm’s managing partner and CEO. “At Withum, we genuinely get excited about our work – we have passion and fun and look beyond the numbers on a piece of paper.”

According to Hagaman, Withum employees are financial artists, so to speak. “Our firm is a place where creativity, innovation and diverse thought processes are encouraged and expected. This is our strength and how we express our underlying values – the Withum Way – internally and to our clients,” he explained.

During the annual meeting, Hagaman also provided the gathering of more than 800 Withum staff members with an overview of the firm’s strategic plan for organic and service-area growth. In addition, he offered a favorable forecast for accounting as a career.

Established in 1974, Withum is an accounting, audit, tax and advisory firm committed to providing quality services and innovative solutions to businesses, non-profits, individuals and communities. The firm, through its 14 national and international-based offices that include New York City and Philadelphia operations, provides clients with the benefits of a larger organization without compromising the attention and personal service associated with a local business. Ranked among the nation’s 30 largest public accounting and consulting firms, Withum is a member of HLB International, a worldwide network of independent professional accounting firms and business advisors committed to assisting clients build and expand globally.