Jeffrey McCaw

When he was an RIT/NTID student, Jeffrey McCaw followed the advice he now gives young people.

"Get involved," says the 1989 graduate of RIT's Saunders College of Business, who earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting. "Follow your passion. Study hard and recognize that you always will be studying throughout your career to be successful in your field. Get all you can out of college and be ready to work."

McCaw, a Certified Public Accountant, is Goodwill Industries International's chief financial officer, and oversees all activities associated with finance, within a $50 million annual budget.

Prior to joining Goodwill®, McCaw spent seven years as a controller for a leading Washington, D.C., metropolitan CPA firm, Baker & Tilly.

McCaw was promoted to CFO based on his direction in developing, growing and managing the accounting department at Goodwill®. The organization provides job preparation, skills training, education assistance and support services to 6.7 million people a year who are facing challenges to finding employment.

"I really enjoy working with people," he says. "They bring new ideas and new initiatives. Everyone plays a role; we're all part of the team."

McCaw's interest in creating a collaborative work environment may have started when he transferred to RIT/NTID from Babson College. He credits his time as a resident advisor and accounting tutor with helping him to develop socially.

"I have such fond memories of the support services I received from notetakers and tutors," he says. "My co-op experiences provided valuable lessons that I still use in my work today, such as adapting to new technologies and effective time management."

McCaw lives in Maryland, loves to read and golf, and enjoys spending time with his wife and 10-year-old twins.

He has served on the board of directors as treasurer at the Berks Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and the Deaf Abused Women Network (DAWN), and is an active member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Greater Washington Society of CPAs and the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs.

This story appeared in the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of FOCUS Magazine.

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