Wojeski and Company CPAs, P.C. Names Rick Jones as Chief Executive Officer
Former MTI President & CEO to oversee day-to-day operations, strategic planning and execution;
Founder David Wojeski to focus on client relationships and expanding firm's offerings
Wojeski and Company CPAs, P.C., one of the leading accounting and financial services firms in New York’s Capital Region, today announced the appointment of Rick Jones as its first-ever Chief Executive Officer. The former President and CEO of Mechanical Technology Inc. (MTI) will oversee the firm’s day-to-day operations, strategic planning and execution, which enables Founder and Partner David Wojeski to focus on enhancing client service and expanding the company’s business capabilities and portfolio.
A Capital Region native who earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Siena College, Jones spent the past 28 years at MTI, an Albany-based designer and manufacturer of measurement instruments and systems used in numerous industries. Starting as a corporate staff accountant, he rose to Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary and Treasurer before being appointed President and CEO in 2017. Under his leadership, MTI refocused on its core business and competencies, returned to profitability, and built a multi-million dollar backlog of orders.
“I am thrilled to join the talented team at Wojeski and Company, which over nearly 30 years has built an impeccable reputation for providing exceptional expertise and superb service driven by honesty, integrity, professionalism, and an outstanding culture,” said Jones. “I’m excited to begin building productive relationships with our valued employees and clients, and to identifying opportunities to enhance our strengths, increase our efficiencies and return on investment, and ensure we are a vital asset to the organizations we are privileged to serve.”
In addition to managing the firm’s daily business, Jones will spend time assessing its operational systems and pinpointing strengths; aligning its professional team and resources with areas of opportunity; and spearheading a strategic planning process to enable smart growth, while recognizing and reinforcing the importance of nurturing client relationships.
“I’ve been searching for an individual who possesses the leadership ability, skill set, and people-first approach that’s essential to take our firm to the next level. With his outstanding financial acumen and discipline, demonstrated excellence in overseeing operations and systems, and exceptional ability to build and grow relationships, Rick is the perfect choice,” said Wojeski, who founded the company in 1991. “We are dedicated to growing the firm by enriching our recognized client service, expanding our capabilities and business portfolio, and providing career advancement to current employees and new opportunities to attract top-notch professionals. I am fully committed and newly energized to work with Rick, and look forward to the start of an exciting new era for our firm.”
Wojeski will now devote additional time and attention to elevating client service – already a hallmark of the firm for nearly three decades – and to further expanding two existing business units: Greenbush Financial Group, an independent registered investment advisory firm, and CFO Advisory Group, which provides outsourced financial and business advisory services to companies that may not need a CFO on a full-time basis.
In addition, Wojeski is exploring development of a separate unit focused solely on mergers and acquisitions, fueled by a growing book of business in assisting companies with the complex transactions involved in sale or acquisition. To immediately capitalize on these opportunities, the firm plans to actively recruit experienced accountants and financial services professionals – both locally and nationally – to join its expanding organization and further add to the Capital Region workforce.
The appointment of the firm’s first CEO signals further growth at Wojeski and Company following two major developments in the past year: the acquisition of the accounting firm of DeChants, Fuglein & Johnson LLP, and the move to a larger, more central headquarters and office space at 159 Wolf Road in Albany.