Bennie L. Hadnott, CPA, MBA, CGMA
Bennie L. Hadnott, CPA, MBA, CGMA serves as managing partner of WatsonRice. Under his management and direction, the New York office has grown from a one-man operation to an international CPA firm.
Mr. Hadnott has more than thirty-five years of professional accounting experience, including twenty years of experience in not-for-profit organizations. He supervises audit and consulting services for a wide range of small and emerging business clients, federal, state and local government entities, and real estate firms. Mr. Hadnott also has extensive experience in providing services related to financial and compliance audits, financial analysis and control, strategic planning and management consulting. His keen business advice has helped to reduce costs and improve management operations.
He is a graduate of Bernard M. Baruch College and earned his MBA from Iona College. He is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the New Jersey and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the National Association of Black Accountants, Division of Firms. He is Director-at-Large of the Board of the NYSSCPA. He was formerly a member of the Business Advisory Council of George Washington University, the Accounting Education Sub-Committee for the AICPA, and the Accounting Club's Board of Governors and Advisory Board.
Mr. Hadnott was appointed by New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey to serve on the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy in recognition of his talent and abilities. He is the first African-American to hold this post.
He also has a long and impressive record of service to various civic organizations such as the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Harlem Business Alliance and One Hundred Black Men, Inc. He provides consistent support to health- and education-related groups such as the March of Dimes, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).