C. Jack Emmons is a semi-retired sole practitioner with a rich professional history, including working at Precision Accounting, Emmons Seward & Co., Accounting & Consulting Group, and Peat Marwick Mitchell. These days, he dedicates most of his time to his consulting practice, his position as Chair of the New Mexico Public Accountancy Board, and serving on the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy CBT Administration Committee. Jack has more than 50 years of public accounting experience providing audit, tax, consulting and forensic accounting services for governmental entities, not-for-profits, businesses and individuals. He also taught as an adjunct audit professor for nine years at the University of New Mexico. Additionally, Jack has experience investigating fraud cases and preparing for court testimony. He has performed many peer reviews over the years and served on the NMSCPA Peer Review Committee for 10 years. He was named as the NMSCPA Outstanding Member in Public Practice in 1995. Jack has worked with his wife, Joy Emmons, for the past 25 years and credits her for being a large part of his success. He is highly involved in his profession, in politics and in the community.
C. Jack Emmons, CPA
Looking back on your career, what is the professional accomplishment you are most proud of?
Two awards by my peers are particularly rewarding; the outstanding CPA in Public Practice in 1995 when I was teaching auditing at UNM and running a practice, and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. Teaching auditing was very rewarding from a personal standpoint. Being Chairman of the Accountancy Board has also provided me with great satisfaction and a feeling of purpose in giving back to my profession.
What are the greatest challenges facing the profession?
The challenges appear to be at both ends of the spectrum. We need to attract the best and finest of the students to the profession of accounting. We need to get more accounting students into the “pipeline”. At the other end, we need to develop better succession plans for those wanting to retire.
How have your professional memberships such as the New Mexico Society of CPAs benefitted your career?
The Society has provided leadership and training over the years. I served on the peer review committee for a number of years, which hopefully increased my ability to practice and enhanced the organization’s ability for peer review. Continuing education provided by the Society has always been of the highest quality and a great service to all members.