People

Jerome D. Vermeulen, CPA

Expertise

Jerome D. Vermeulen, Century City CPA and AccountantJerome has over 18 years of public accounting experience in a wide variety of industries such as manufacturing and distribution, media and entertainment, technology and non-profit organizations. He also has extensive expertise providing audit and assurance services for emerging leaders in the cannabis and medical marijuana industry.

Jerome serves on the board of the Association for Corporate Growth – 101 Corridor (ACG 101), a chapter of an international organization of professionals dedicated to middle market corporate growth, corporate development and mergers and acquisitions. Jerome also sits on the CalCPA Nonprofit Conference Planning Committee.

He is an NCAA 5000 meter National Champion and an All-American in academics, track and field and cross country. Jerome still runs competitively and was voted the USA Track and Field Masters Road Runner of the year for 2015. Most recently, in July 2016, Jerome competed at the USA Track and Field Olympic Trials in Eugene Oregon in a Masters Exhibition 1500 meter race. 

Industries Served

Manufacturing
Distribution
Entertainment, Sports and Media
Cannabis
Technology
Non-profit

Professional Associations and Leadership

Certified Public Accountant, California
Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member, California Society of Certified Public Accountants

Education

Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Abilene Christian University.

Q&A

Why are you passionate about public accounting?
I am passionate about public accounting because I feel like I am always being challenged, which means I am constantly growing and am rarely, if ever, bored. I am a social butterfly, and the variety of public accounting allows me to flourish in areas I thoroughly enjoy doing. For example, interacting with other professionals and developing strong bonds with them. Also, in recent years, I have had the privilege of mentoring several people (both professionally and personally) and have found the experience to be extremely rewarding. I also love teaching and delivering interactive training sessions, participating in business development, being involved in recruiting activities and developing close relationships with my clients.

Why did you join MGO?
I was extremely impressed with the leadership of the firm and in particular MGO’s core values. I also love being part of a team, and I got a sense from meeting with several leaders of the firm, that I was walking into a team environment. I also got the sense that the leaders of the firm have caring hearts and are constantly looking for ways to make MGO an enjoyable and rewarding place to work.

Describe a favorite client or client story.
Early on in my career, I had the privilege of working with a manager who I later became very good friends with. Anyway, we were working together on a SEC engagement that was extremely challenging and had a hard deadline. As a result, the manager asked the team to work through an entire weekend in order to meet the deadline. I will never forget the experience! For the entire weekend, our whole team (including the manager and partner) sat side by side in the firm’s conference room, cranking away at the work to meet the deadline, while jamming to Pink Floyd, singing out loud, telling stories, laughing, etc. I remember telling myself that this is crazy and that I should not be having so much fun working on a Saturday night. I learned a very valuable lesson that weekend, in that work, if approached with the right mindset and attitude can be extremely rewarding and enjoyable regardless of the level of stress, long hours, etc.

What qualities do you look for in job applicants?
I look for a candidate that has a great attitude and who appears to be passionate, enthusiastic and reliable.

Who are you outside the office?
A husband to my wife Jody and a father to my two children Cameron and Brooklyn. I am also a competitive runner and travel across the country to compete in track, cross country and road races.

What is your biggest success professionally?
Developing other employees and playing a small part in their growth. I love seeing the light bulb go on in their eyes.