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Contact:
(732) 453-6528
kclayton@spirecpa.com

Practice Area:
Assurance, Tax and Consulting Services

Licenses:
CPA – NJ/NY
PSA

Education:
M.B.A. in Business Administration
Rider University

B.B.A. in Accounting and Management, Minor in English
St. Bonaventure University

Associations:
AICPA
NJSCPA

Community Affiliations:
Union County Educational Services Foundation, Vice Chairman
Industry Focus:
Exempt Organizations

KATHLEEN M. CLAYTON

Principal
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What first drew you to the accounting profession?
I was actually trying to avoid taking high school calculus and opted to take basic accounting with Sister Joseph Agnes. Loved it! It was so organized and very black and white. I immediately decided my major in college would be accounting. Back then, you were going to be a CPA and work in public accounting, period. Now so many more choices are offered to students. But public accounting suited me and I have had a great career so far.

Without naming names, describe your favorite client and why you enjoy working with them.

I really enjoy many of my clients. My favorites, challenge me all the time. They involve me in many of their decisions. They ask for research and like to debate findings and recommendations. I learned that accounting is more gray than black and white.

What do you enjoy most about your professional life?
I specialize in working in the not-for profit arena and really enjoy the spirit of every exempt organization I am lucky enough to serve. I love the startups, where you can really make a difference and get them up and running as “businesses.” I also enjoy the complexities of the larger organizations, where you get to participate in strategic decision making.

One word to describe you

Assertive

Best way to relax
Spring Lake Beach, North End

Quotable quote

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow” – Albert Einstein

Recent book I liked

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

Favorite CD or favorite movie
Billy Joel’s The Stranger. It’s a classic and brings back great memories from college.

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