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BERGEN LEADS PROFILE
JAMES BROWN
CLASS OF 2010
BL Tell us what you do for a living.
JB

I'm a CPA with a practice that focuses on tax preparation and planning, accounting, and business advisory services for individuals and small and medium sized businesses.

BL Tell us what you do for fun.
JB

I spend most of my free time coaching my two sons, ages 16 and 11, in baseball. I'm also a huge sports fan, so you're likely me to find me at a local high school game or watching ESPN.

BL What is your favorite Bergen LEADS memory?



JB

I'd have to say it was the Scavenger Hunt. Not only did our designated driver, Jeanne Johnson, threaten to break the land speed record, but I got to bond with new classmates, learn a lot about the County, and ride a tricycle.

BL What was your biggest takeaway from your Bergen LEADS year?

JB

My biggest takeaway was that I didn't know how much I didn't know. I learned so much about an area where I had lived for over 30 years.

BL How has your experience in Bergen LEADS impacted your life, personally and/or professionally?


JB

The impact has been tremendous. On a professional level, I now have several classmates as clients, I've obtained other clients through referrals, and my network has expanded exponentially. On the personal side, I now serve on the boards of the YMCA of Greater Bergen County and the Volunteer Center, both as a direct result of my participation in LEADS.

BL If you were talking to someone who was thinking about applying to Bergen LEADS, what would you tell him/her?


JB

Do it! As you know, I've referred several colleagues to the program and it's been easy for me to do because of my personal experience. I would tell that person that if he/she wants to learn more about the County, realize personal and professional growth, and open themselves up to opportunities to network with the powers that be in industry, government, academia, and non-profit, Bergen LEADS is the way to go.

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