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July 9, 2018 Newsmakers

Susan Martinelli leads CTCPA as pres.

Susan Martinelli

Susan Martinelli, who took over as president of the nearly 6,000-member Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) in May, always enjoyed math, so she took up accounting studies as a college sophomore and over time learned public accounting was much more than numbers.

“Much of what we do requires constant adaptation, coaching and advising others, teaching and strong communication skills — these are all key to why I enjoy what I do,” said Martinelli, who grew up in Cheshire, lives in Southington with her husband and two boys, and is managing partner of the New Haven office of RSM US LLP, a CPA firm that provides audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market.

Martinelli, who became managing partner of the roughly 50-person office May 1, has been with RSM since 2000, and a CPA since 2004.

What issue concerns CT CPAs the most?

Keeping the talent pipeline flowing and making sure students graduate not only with traditional accounting skills but with talent in technology, critical thinking and strategic planning, management, communication and other relevant areas.

What do you hope to accomplish in your term as CTCPA president?

Engaging current and new membership in the profession, and continuing to provide members with value and relevance. Our profession will be going through significant change over the next few years, especially as it relates to technology and how we do business.

What CT tax law would you like to see changed?

The extensive imposition of sales tax on services and businesses. Connecticut imposes tax on a wide range of services compared to many other states. Transactional taxes can contribute to a cost disadvantage for local businesses.

Women make up less than 25 percent of partners in CPA firms. How can we narrow that gap?

RSM has a networking group called STAR, which supports the advancement and retention of women by promoting advocacy and mentorship, and by providing professional development.

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