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Jody Padar, CPA, MST

CEO & Principal
New Vision CPA Group

Jody Padar is CEO and Principal of the New Vision CPA Group, a public accounting firm based in the Chicago area. Jody joined her father’s firm a decade ago, bringing her expertise in the areas of taxation, QuickBooks, and small business accounting. As one of the profession’s emerging thought leaders, Jody has transitioned New Vision to New Firm status—adopting advanced technologies and best practices that support web-based client services. This allows Jody to manage her firm at peak efficiency with transparency at the heart of all engagements. Jody and her team provide financial insight and practical strategies to their clients in real-time, not just at tax season.   

Jody not only leads New Vision CPA Group, but is also a highly sought after speaker and thought leader in the tax and accounting profession. She is the author of The Radical CPA: New Rules for the Future-Ready Firm, a book that sparked a movement within the accounting profession focusing on four tenets: cloud technology, social business, value pricing, and process. She is a regular contributor to a number of industry publications, including CPA Trendlines and Accounting Today, where she offers practical tips and advice on running a next-generation firm. Jody has been named by Accounting Today as among the "Top 100 Most Influential to the Profession” for the last five years and was named as one of 2015's Top 10 Money & Finance Writers on LinkedIn’s inaugural Top Voices list. She has written for Forbes (where she was named as one of the Top 100 Must-Follow Tax Twitter Feeds), a regular contributor to Intuit's QuickBooks' Blog, and has been interviewed by Inc., International Business Times, and CNN Money. Jody also works in partnership with several of the profession's vendors, including Avalara, CCH, Fundbox,  Intuit, and Sage.  

Jody earned her BBA from Saint Mary’s College and MST from Northern Illinois University. She is also an adjunct professor at Oakton Community College and a contributing member of the Intuit Trainer Writer Network. Jody is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants where she is serves on the AICPA Tech + Committee. She is also a member of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.