Sandra G. Johnson, CPA, EA, CFE is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Johnson CPA. With over 30 years accounting experience, she is a leader with a strong sense of character and the human fundamentals required for compassionate, sensitive understanding of each client’s distinctive needs and goals. Ms. Johnson, who everyone knows as Sandy, has earned a reputation for a “let’s get down to business attitude” and the concern of a family to her staff and clients. This almost ironic combination has made Johnson CPA a sought-after professional firm, which differs from the mundane reputation shared by many other accounting and business advisory firms.
The recipient of a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from SUNY Old Westbury and an Associate Degree in Accounting from Nassau Community College, Ms. Johnson is herself an educator, currently as an instructor in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. She has shared her knowledge and passion as an instructor at LaGuardia Community College, an adjunct professor at Five Towns College, and an instructor at Hofstra University. She is licensed by New York State as a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and an Enrolled Agent qualified to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. As required by the New York State Department of Education, she earns mandatory, annual continuing education credits (CPE), remaining current with her profession, as well as continuing education credits for both EA and CFE certification.
Ms. Johnson is a member of the New York State Society of CPAs and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Among the organizations where she has held leadership positions are the National Conference of CPA Practitioners, Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores and Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women. Her accomplishments have been recognized numerous times by her peers and others. Among those awards are Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting by Accounting Today magazine; Pathfinder Award in Business by the Town of Hempstead; Women of Distinction in Business by the New York State Assembly; Best of Long Island in Accounting for three consecutive years by Long Island Press readers; and Business Person of the Year by the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce.
A well-known lecturer on topics including tax, business strategy, marketing and fraud, Ms. Johnson has been published in Accounting Today, The Practicing CPA and the Journal of the National Conference of CPA Practitioners. Her volunteer activities run the gamut of African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative instructor and programs at her alma mater, SUNY Old Westbury: School of Business for Mock Interview Day, Accounting networking reception, mentoring night and lecturing for the Accounting Society.
Although it might seem that she has little down time, Ms. Johnson has mastered work/life balance, something she encourages in her employees, as well. Her down-time includes hiking, reading, baking, cooking, entertaining, swimming and gardening; Sunday dinners with family, hosting holiday festivities, and trips to the mountains.