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Alumni Spotlight James D. Brown, BS’79

Alumni Q&A Series

James D. Brown, Class of ’79, will be one of two inductees into the prestigious PINNACLE Society on June 6th at the inaugural FDU Forward: Honor our Past. Transform our Future celebration at Bell Works in Holmdel, NJ.

James had his accounting and entrepreneurial spirit lit at Fairleigh Dickinson and went on to start his own accounting firm which has served the public for over 30 years as its founder, CEO and Managing Partner. He has kept FDU close to his heart by both proximity and giving back. Based in Teaneck, a stone’s throw from where he attended the Metropolitan campus, Brown served for six years on FDU’s Alumni Board of Governors and is a regular at Knights basketball games.

His work has been noticed nationally as he has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) for eleven years, including as President of NABA’s New York Chapter and Eastern Region. Extremely active in his community, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Bergen County and numerous civic groups in Teaneck. For more information on the FDU Forward celebration click here.

More about James…

Name: James Brown

Nickname at FDU: JB

FDU Graduation Year(s) & Major: 1979, Accounting

Campus(es) where you studied: Teaneck/Hackensack

Family: Wife Theresa, sons Jordan and Joshua. 

Current occupation/volunteer efforts: CPA, Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce, Teaneck Chamber of Commerce

Hobbies & Interests: Golf, spectator sports

What is your favorite memory of FDU? The lifelong friendships made.

Were you involved in any specific activities at FDU: Student Government, Accounting Club, intramural sports

What was your favorite place on campus and why? Student Unio Building/Wilshire Dorms – hanging with friends

Who was the most influential person in your FDU Experience: Professor Leslie – convinced me to major in Accounting.

What keeps you connected to FDU? Athletics and the Black Alumni Chapter

One piece of advice for current FDU students? Stay connected and eliminate “can’t” from your vocabulary.

Where you can find me on social media:  Facebook, LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/jbrowncpa/