One Fox School of Business accounting graduate passed the baton to another this summer in a transition that made EisnerAmper LLP history. For the two alumni, this hand off was a natural one.
In June, Jay Weinstein relocated from EisnerAmper’s Philadelphia-area offices, where he served as partner-in-charge, to the recently combined New Jersey office, where he
now leads 400 professionals. In his place, Lori Reiner stepped up as partner-in-charge of the firm’s Philadelphia practice. Through this transition, Reiner became the first woman to head an office in firm history.
Weinstein, who earned his BS in accounting in 1983 and his MBA in economics in 1990 at Fox, and Reiner, who earned her BBA in accounting in 1986, were admitted to the EisnerAmper partnership on the same day in April 2000. They have worked closely since then and have helped the firm reach 30 percent growth in Philadelphia in the past five years, despite the difficult economic climate.
The duo, who are close and often joke with each other, have collaborated on how to grow the firm and innovate “only about a thousand times,” Weinstein said. “I would say no more than a thousand.”
“We’ve grown together over the years,” Reiner added. “We really bring different things to the table, but we also work really well together.”
Reiner’s accomplishment of becoming the first woman to head an office in is not the only time she has made firm history. When she was admitted to the partnership in 2000, she became legacy firm Goldenberg Rosenthal’s first female partner.
“It’s certainly very exciting, but I know, and what I’ve heard from my colleagues and my peers, is that they felt I was the right person for the job, and it’s just a bonus that I’m a female,” she said. “I’ve always been about who’s the right person for the job, and if we can also increase our diversity at all levels, it’s a wonderful thing.”
Reiner was breaking the mold even before she left Temple. At a time when few students took internships, Reiner did just that. During her junior year she interned with Goldenberg Rosenthal, the firm she later joined that eventually merged into EisnerAmper.
Today both Reiner and Weinstein know the value of quality internships, which are important to both EisnerAmper’s busy season workforce and its ability to hire the best and the brightest in its first-year classes. EisnerAmper has a long history as top recruiter of Fox accounting students, and often that recruitment begins at the internship level.
“We’re committed to Temple as a feeder school,” said Weinstein, who serves on the executive committee of the Fox School’s Accounting Circle, which supports the Department of Accounting and gives industry input into the accounting program.
“We’re a people business, and we’re only as good as the people we hire,” he said. “We hire a significant number of students from Temple each year because they’re of a high quality.”