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Dr. Sean Stein Smith, CPA, CMA, CGMA – 2019 40 Under 40 Honoree


Dr. Sean Stein Smith, CPA, CMA, CGMA

Assistant Professor, Lehman College, City University of New York

Career Highlights:

  • E.C. Harwood Visiting Research Fellow, American Institute for Economic Research – 2019
  • Named 40 under 40 by CPA Practice Advisor in 2017, 2018, and 2019
  • Member of the 2017 AICPA Leadership Academy
  • Named Young Professional of the Year by the Institute of Management Accountants in 2016
  • Named a 30 under 30 by the NJCPA in 2015
  • Recognized expert speaker on blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and the future of the accounting profession
  • Author of dozens of articles on technology and accounting change, specifically on blockchains impact on the profession, as well as over 6 books on these topics
  • Contributor to the official IBM Blockchain Blog – Blockchain Unleashed
  • Often utilized by the AICPA and state societies as an expert on the topics of blockchain, cryptocurrency, and the digitization of the accounting profession

What are you doing to make a difference in the profession, your community, the world?

Sean is recognized thought leader in the profession and is constantly striving to make a difference for current and future professionals, including his service on the Financial Literacy Commission, and numerous appearances focusing on how individuals get a better handle on their personal finances. Additionally, Sean’s service on the Board of Governors at Fairleigh Dickinson University – the largest private university in the state of NJ – provides Sean with an opportunity to make a different for students enrolled in college in a positive and tangible manner.

What accounting conferences do you normally attend?

  • As many as my schedule allows me to get to!

What websites/magazines do you use to keep up on news of the accounting profession?

  • CPA Practice Advisor
  • CPA Journal
  • NJCPA Magazine
  • Journal of Accountancy
  • The Economist
  • Harvard Business Review
  • Strategic Finance

What do you see yourself doing professionally in 10 years?

  • Making a difference as a subject matter expert, thought leader, and motivational personality for forward looking accounting professionals seeking to evolve and develop into the true business partners they want to become


See all of the “40 Under 40” honorees for 2019.