Jeffrey Christakos, specialist professor and chair of the Accounting Department in the Leon Hess Business School, was named to the 2020 NJBIZ Accounting Power 50 list. The Power 50 list recognizes the most influential people in the accounting profession in New Jersey and includes a variety of accounting experts, including corporate executives, members of company leadership teams, educators, and nonprofit professionals.
According to NJBIZ, Christakos “encourages students to be their best and works to continually make improvements to the school’s accounting program.” He is also credited with creating the Financial Planning Club and starting the school on the path to having a Certified Financial Planning Board-approved program.
Christakos has won numerous awards in recognition of his teaching and volunteer service. He was awarded the 2018 New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) Volunteer of the Year Award and the 2019 NJCPA Exceptional Educator Ovation Award for his exemplary efforts and stellar achievement in advancing New Jersey’s accounting profession. At Monmouth, Christakos was recognized with the Leon Hess Business School’s 2018-2019 Service Excellence Award and was named a Service Learning Faculty Fellow as part of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. His teaching interests include personal finance, auditing, and managerial and financial accounting.
A member of the NJCPA, Christakos has over 30 years of experience in the accounting and financial services industry. In addition to his role at Monmouth, he is a partner and lead advisor at Westfield Wealth Management and vice chairman of the Downtown Westfield Corporation.
Christakos earned his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his B.A. from Seton Hall University.