By Nicole Fracasso, OSCPA communications intern
Gale Gunderson Crosley, CPA, CGMA, is no stranger to Accounting Today’s annual top 100 most influential people in accounting recognition, as she’s now made the list 14th consecutive times.
“It feels thrilling,” she said. “I’m so honored to get the award because it’s a recognition that I’m doing something right to help people.”
Crosley, who is a 1972 graduate of The University of Akron, began her professional career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen in Cleveland. After years of experience at different organizations including PwC and IBM, Crosley eventually decided to start her own company, Crosley+Company, in Georgia.
“I had been a CPA in my early years in Ohio and Georgia and then I went into technology, sales, marketing and product development,” she said. “I put all of those experiences together to start my own company.”
Throughout her career, Crosley said her favorite part of the profession has been working with her fellow CPAs.
“CPAs are people of great integrity and intellect,” she said. “That’s what I love the most about this profession.”
In addition, Crosley also advises fellow CPAs to do what comes naturally in their career.
“Listen carefully and observe what it is that you love to do and what comes naturally to you,” she said. “To others it might look like it’s difficult but to you it comes naturally. Find whatever that is. That’s what you should be doing.”
This year has not been easy for anybody, but Crosley encourages professionals to power through any 2020 setbacks.
“In careers and in lives, there are bumps in the road, and some are big bumps,” Crosley said. “The importance is to learn from it and persevere.”