8C — October 25 - November 7, 2019 — Women in Business — M id A tlantic
Real Estate Journal
Women in Business
Candy Gordon-Geanoules, Sax LLP “Accounting not only is a rewarding career, but it has many opportunities for growth”
ell us how and when you began your ca- reer in the profession you are in: I started my career in public accounting in 1994 at a small boutique account- ing firm which specialized in tax, accounting and consult- ing services for privately held businesses and high net worth individuals. What is your current posi- tion? I am a Senior Manager in Sax LLP’s Real Estate Niche. How do you manage the work/life balance? I see my personal life and my work life more like puzzle pieces that need to fit together. Neither demanding work deadlines or T
path, but the demands of rais- ing a family have made it more difficult to achieve. I know I must work harder to achieve this goal. What challenges and or obstacles do you feel you needed to overcome to be- come as successful as you are today? When I started my career in the 90s, I was often the only woman and perhaps the youngest person in the room which can be intimidating. I had to work harder to prove myself and demonstrate my abilities to do the job. What was the most defin- ing moment for you in the profession you are current-
ly in? I am honored to have been servicing some clients for over 20 years. I feel part of their family as I am an important part of their decision-making process. I am working with 3rd generation family members at some of my client groups. Do you feel there are any differences in the way that men and women develop business relationships and if so, what activities or ven- ues do you participate in? I feel it is harder for women to develop business relationships. Joining associations and net- working groups help to develop business relationships. I am a member of the NJCPA, AICPA and B.I.G. I sit on the Advisory Board for the accounting and business classes for Wayne Public Schools. I am also on the scholarship committee for the NJCPA and currently the treasurer for Builders Associa- tion of Northern NJ. Tell us a little about your family: I have a wonderful husband and am blessed with two children and three bonus children, ages 30, 20, 16, 14 and 13, and have a grandchild due in January 2020. I also have two fur babies. If you are the primary caregiver to your children what obstacle and chal- lenges do you meet on a day to day basis? I often say your day is broken up into three segments: getting the kids up, ready and to school on time; your work day; and then the evening routine with getting dinner on the table, homework and making sure everyone has what they need for the follow- ing day. Who do you feel was most influential in your life when choosing this profession? I wanted to go to school for ac- counting because of my high school Accounting teacher Kathleen Goertz. I started my career at her husband’s firm after graduation from college. What inspiring word of advice would you give to a young woman about to go into the field of commercial real estate or your allied field? I frequently speak to accounting students at the high school and college levels. I suggest going into accounting because not only is it a reward- ing career, but it has many opportunities for growth. The public accounting field also offers a lot of flexibility as life demands change.
Candy Gordon-Geanoules CPA Sax LLP Years with company/firm: 2 Years in field: 25 Years in real estate industry: 25 Real estate organizations/affiliations: BANNJ needs of a family can take a back seat.
What were some of your early goals and did any- thing happen in your career /profession to enhance or change them? Early on in my career I knew I wanted to be a partner in a CPA firm. I wouldn’t change anything about my life choices or career
Who or what has been the strongest influence on your career? My children. I wanted to teach them the importance of working hard, having a rewarding career and being independent.
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