- October 19, 2023
Members of the Traphagen Team, Kristina Kostovski, CPA, MS, Kevin Koch and Todd Natale participated in the NJCPA Bergen Chapter Networking event hosted by JP Morgan Chase.
This was a great opportunity to socialize with colleagues and network with other professionals.
- October 4, 2023
Traphagen CPAs & Wealth Advisors is pleased to congratulate our NJCPA Ovation Award Winners:
Robert J. Traphagen, CPA, CGMA, Steven Budryk, CPA, MS, and Kristina Kostovski, CPA, MS!
These awards recognize your exemplary efforts and stellar achievements in advancing New Jersey's accounting profession.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
- August 8, 2023
Robert J. Traphagen, CPA, CGMA, Managing Partner, was recognized among the 2023 Managing Partner Elite by Accounting Today. The annual list celebrates top accounting firm leaders for their proactive innovation to meet the very vital needs of their people, distinguishing themselves as some of the top managing partners and CEOS in accounting.
- June 13 -26, 2023
This year, Team Traphagen represented the Firm at the NJCPA Convention & Expo. Our Accountants participated in break-through sessions that included solutions to breaking down career, industry and technological barriers.
About the NJCPA Convention & Expo
The NJCPA Convention & Expo knows that there have been some barriers in the industry over the past few years making it clear that breaking through some of these barriers is the only way forward.
Topics covered included: Accounting, Growth, Using analytics effectively, Pricing, Improving Employee Retention, Education Barriers, and a lot more!
In addition, during this year’s Annual Business Meeting, Darren Thomas, JD, CPA, EA, was inducted as Leader of the NJCPA’s Federal Tax Interest Group.
- June 9, 2023
Traphagen associates, Steven Budryk, CPA, MS, and Nicole Garcia gave a presentation to high school business students regarding the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants - the "NJCPA Potential, Prestige & Purpose" at Clifton High School.
Steven and Nicole presented on the opportunities that a career in accounting and a CPA license could provide to these students. They also spoke about their personal experiences within the industry and their career paths.
- May 20, 2023
Team Traphagen hosted their 6th Annual Shredding Event on Saturday, May 20th at our office. This year, we were able to provide the community with an opportunity to dispose of confidential documents safely and securely by shredding over 7,000 lbs. of documents!
- May 9, 2023
Kristina Kostovoski, CPA, MBA represented the Firm during the Montclair State University’s Accounting Career Panel at MSU's Feliciano School of Business.
Kristina was asked to speak during the event, where she was able to share her thoughts and insights on the Accounting Profession.
- May 8, 2023
As former President of the NJCPA Bergen Chapter, Robert J. Traphagen, CPA, CGMA was asked to represent the Firm during the NJCPA’s Retirement Dinner for Ralph Thomas, CPA, CGMA, CEO and Executive Director of the New Jersey Society of CPAs.
This exclusive event will take place on May 8th at Deal Golf & Country Club in Deal, NJ.
- March 5, 2023
Traphagen CPAs & Wealth Advisors, Darren Thomas, JD, CPA, EA will be participating in the New Jersey Society of CPAs (NJCPA) and the Asbury Park Press virtual event where CPAs will be helping New Jersey residents and small business owners with their tax questions – for free.
The virtual Tax Q&A Event took place on March 5, 2023, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- March 1, 2023
We are proud to share that our very own Team Traphagen member and College Ambassador, Todd Natale has been selected as one of this year’s New Jersey Society of CPAs (NJCPA) Scholarship Recipients.
Every year, the NJCPA Scholarship Fund attracts the best and brightest New Jersey students into the accounting profession and provides the resources needed for students from diverse fields to pursue an accounting education.
We congratulate Todd on his dedication and passion for the accounting industry.
- February 24, 2023
Christopher Fundora, CFP ®, CRPS and Will Traphagen, MBA were invited to attend Strive Asset Management's Nasdaq closing ceremony in Times Square NYC.
Strive Asset Management ("Strive") commemorated its core solutions ETFs (Nasdaq: STXK, STXD, STXG, STXV), which are part of Strive’s newly launched American Excellence Series created with Strive's pro-fiduciary mandate.
- November 9, 2022
Through our long-standing relationship and partnership with Montclair State University, Kristina Kostovski, CPA, MBA, Alumnus was asked to represent the Firm during their upcoming Accounting Career Panel . The event is open to MSU’s Accounting undergraduate students.
This is an in-person event, where students will have a chance to ask Kristina questions regarding the Accounting Profession.
- November 9, 2022
As a former president of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA), Robert J. Traphagen, CPA, CGMA was asked to represent the Firm at the NJCPA Past Presidents’ Dinner on November 9, 2022.
This exclusive event took place at Casa Giuseppe in Iselin, NJ.
- October 27, 2022
As members of the NJCPA, Darren Thomas, JD, CPA, EA, Steven Budryk, CPA, MS, Kristina Kostovski, CPA, MBA, and Nicole Garcia were asked to represent the Firm during this year's NJCPA - Bergen Chapter’s Professionals Networking Breakfast.
The day began with unparalleled networking and an economic update of our region and beyond! This event was excellent opportunity to meet and network with a mix of attorneys, bankers, CPAs and financial professionals over breakfast.
This dynamic networking took place on October 27th in Montvale, NJ.
- October 25, 2022
As former Presidents of the NJCPA Bergen Chapter, Robert J. Traphagen, CPA, CGMA, James A. Lawrence, CPA, CCPS, and Joseph L. DeLorenzo, CPA were asked to represent the Firm during this year’s Bergen Chapter’s Past Presidents Dinner.
The event took place on October 25th, at Amarone Ristorante in Teaneck, NJ.
- October 19, 2022
Traphagen CPAs & Wealth Advisors Honored at the Rothman Institute Event!
Robert J. Traphagen, CPA, CGMA and V. Peter Traphagen, Jr. CPA, PFS, AEP, CFP® accepted an award on behalf of the Firm during the 30th Annual Family Business Awards Ceremony at the Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, NJ.
Also in attendance representing the Firm were: Chris Chudyk, CPA, CITP, Will Traphagen, MBA , Dean Eleftheriades, Kristina Kostovski CPA, MBA, Steven Budryk CPA, MS & Eneildaliz Noboa.
Congratulations to Team Traphagen for your commitment to excellence!
- October 8, 2022
At Traphagen CPAs & Wealth Advisors, we are proud supporters of our community. Through our sponsorship with Oradell Kids Foundation Traphagen participated in the Oradell Kids Foundation (OKF) 14th annual 5K & Fun Run.
For over 20 years, the Oradell Kids Foundation has been an important part of our community, making the lives of children in Oradell richer, happier and better.
- October 7, 2022
Craig Sikora, EA, and Nicole Garcia were asked to represent the Firm at the Heroes & Cool Kids Pickleball Tournament Fundraiser. Craig will be assisting with the setup today, October 7, 2022, and Nicole is a registered player for the tournament!
The fundraiser will help raise funds for Heroes & Cool Kids and allow participants to play competitive pickleball with NY & NJ’s Best Former Pro Athletes including HCK’s own Bruce Harper from the NY Jets and Bart Oates and Karl Nelson from the NY Giants!
The tournament will take place on, October 8, 2022, at OverPeck County Park in Ridgefield Park, NJ.
- October 6, 2022
Steven J. Budryk, CPA, MS and Nicole Garcia were asked to represent the Firm today, October 6, 2022, at The Commercial Real Estate Industry’s Fourth Annual Fundraiser – St. Jude Spirit of Hope.
The St. Jude Spirit of Hope event is the commercial real estate industry's most lively networking and charity event in New York City. Steve and Nicole will have the opportunity to network with key industry leaders, while helping raise funds and awareness for the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children. ®
This year’s event will take place at the iconic Guastavino’s in New York City.
- September 28, 2022
Through our long-standing relationship and partnership with Ramapo College, Steven Budryk, CPA, MS, Alumnus was asked to represent the Firm during their “Accounting Meet & Greet” event. Also in attendance will be Kristina Kostovski, CPA, MS, where they will have an opportunity to meet with accounting students who are looking for an internship or a full-time position within the industry.
- September 22, 2022
Through our long-standing relationship and partnership with Montclair State University, Kristina Kostovski, CPA, MBA, Alumnus was asked to represent the Firm during their “Accounting and Financial Services Career and Internship Fair”. Also in attendance will be Nicole Garcia, where they will have an opportunity to meet with accounting students who are looking for an internship or a full-time position within the industry.
- September 13, 2022
Through our long-standing relationship and partnership with William Paterson University, Nicole Garcia, Alumnus was asked to represent the Firm during their “Meet the Firms Fall 2022 Event". Also in attendance will be Steven Budryk, CPA, MS, where they will have an opportunity to meet with accounting students who are looking for an internship or a full-time position within the industry.
- September 12, 2022
Traphagen CPA’s & Wealth Advisors Announces Partner Promotions
It’s an honor and privilege to recognize these outstanding individuals on this important and well-deserved career milestone.
Jeff Hanson, CPA, PFS, AEP, CFP® and Eric Mancini, CFP®, CAIA, CFA are invaluable members of our Firm, consistently leading our client service teams and delivering exceptional value to our clients.
We look forward to their continued professional growth and expanded leadership roles at the Firm.
- September 10, 2022
Craig Sikora, EA will represented the Firm on, September 10, 2022, at our client, Dor-Win Manufacturing Company’s 60th Anniversary Celebration!
For the past 60 years, Dor-Win has been manufacturing vinyl windows and doors for residential and commercial construction.
- August 25, 2022
Kristina Kostovski, CPA, MBA represented the Firm during the Montclair State University’s Recent Alumni Network End-of-Summer Social. The Recent Alumni Network (RAN) works to meet the needs and interests of alumni from the past ten graduating classes.
The RAN Committee leads the charge in developing, planning, promoting, and delivering quality programs designed to engage recent graduates. Kristina hopes to continue to build meaningful connections with her alma matter.
- August 15, 2022
Steven J. Budryk, CPA, MS was offered the opportunity to teach as an adjunct professor at Ramapo College this upcoming fall. Steve will be teaching a Federal Taxation II course. The course will cover an array of topics that include the application of basic principles of federal income taxation for more advanced individual and corporate transactions.
Steven has always had an interest in teaching students at his alma mater, and giving back to the community at Ramapo College, where he made so many memories and was given many opportunities through the Anisfield School of Business.
- August 1, 2022
Kristina Kostovski, CPA, MBA was offered the opportunity to teach as an adjust professor at Montclair State University this upcoming fall. Kristina will be teaching Fundamentals of Tax to Graduate students pursuing business focused degrees.
Kristina has always had a passion for mentoring and teaching students and is excited to continue to foster the relationship with her alma matter as a Professor of the university. Kristina will represent the Firm at a vibrant community of more than 22,000 students, scholars, faculty, staff, and other professionals.
- June 22, 20222
Darren Thomas, J.D., CPA, EA will be representing the Firm on June 22, 2022 at the Agostino & Associates Tax Controversy Update seminar in Hackensack, NJ.
The Tax Controversy Update is an annual event where private and government tax professionals discuss current events and best practices relating to Federal and State Tax Compliance and Enforcement.
The event will be followed by the Agostino & Associates/Taxpayer Assistance Centers’ Summer Barbecue networking event.
- June 14 - June 17, 2022
This year, Robert Traphagen, CPA, CGMA, Christopher Chudyk, CPA, CITP, Joseph DeLorenzo, CPA, Darren Thomas, JD, CPA, EA, Craig Sikora, EA, Kristina Kostovski, CPA, Steven Budryk, CPA, MS, and Nicole Garcia will be representing Traphagen CPAs & Wealth Advisors at the NJCPA Convention & Expo.
About the NJCPA Convention & Expo
The NJCPA Convention & Expo knows that there are mega-changes occurring over the past few years making it clear that transformation is the only way forward.
Topics covered will include: Accounting, financial reporting and regulatory developments, business profitability in the wake of a changing business landscape, stepping up business intelligence with data and predictive analytics. accounting innovation and best technologies. economic issues facing businesses and investors. leadership principals for a productive organizational culture, evolving tax changes and strategies.
In addition, during this year’s Annual Business Meeting, Darren Thomas, JD, CPA, EA, will be inducted as Vice Leader of the NJCPA’s Federal Tax Interest Group.
- May 14, 2022
5th Annual Shredding Event: We provided the community an opportunity to dispose of confidential documents securely. An on-site shredding truck will be present, and our goal is to shred 10,000lbs of documents, helping the community declutter and reduce their risk of confidential information being compromised.
- April 29, 2022
Bergen Volunteers hosted over 100 guests at its 2022 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. Held at Bergen Volunteers premises in Hackensack, this luncheon honored and recognized those in and around Bergen County who have given so generously of their time and talent for the benefit of the community.
Robert J. Traphagen, CPA, CGMA was invited to the exclusive event where Traphagen CPAs & Wealth Advisors received and Honorable Mention and received a 2022 Annual Volunteer Recognition Award
- January 6, 2022
As members of the New Jersey CPA Bergen Chapter, and Co-Chairs of the State Tax CPE Class Committee, Darren Thomas, JD, CPA, EA, and Christina White, CPA, MS were asked to represent the Firm and organize the upcoming Bergen Chapter - Multistate PTE Tax Update and NJ BAIT in-person event.
In this event, participants had the opportunity to hear updates on New Jersey, California, New York, and Connecticut pass-through entity taxes.