As each fiscal year draws to a close, many of us moan and groan and sift through our proverbial shoebox to sort and think about setting our financial house in order. Unlike our source of dread, George Baratta, III (also known as GJ) enjoys the challenge and satisfaction of making sense of all the numbers, personal and business, and big and small.
Baratta is a recognized CPA who was recently awarded the prestigious Elijah Watts Sells Award by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
To win the Elijah Watt Sells Award, a CPA candidate must pass all four sections of the CPA Exam on their first attempt with an average score above 95.5. Only 133 CPA candidates met the criteria in 2019 out of nearly 75,000 according to the AICPA.
Baratta, the son of Ann-Marie and George Baratta (both of whom are also numbers people), grew up in Bedford, attended Bedford schools — Class of 2009, played Bedford sports, graduated from Boston College – Class of 2013, and has been employed by Charles River Laboratories since 2013. His first assignment was in Internal Audit and he has now moved into Revenue Accounting.
Modest regarding his accomplishment, Baratta commented, “I enjoyed the accounting courses I took at both BHS and BC and decided early on I wanted to pursue accounting as a career. An accounting background is a great starting point and there are so many different directions I can go with my career. I prepared for the Exam using the Becker CPA Exam Review. The key for me was to actually learn the material, not just memorize the correct answers.”
CG wife’s, Amy, is also from Bedford – Class of 2010 and is a much loved fourth-grade teacher at Job Lane School.