ISCPA Member Spotlight

This feature spotlights members of ISCPA, their career path, and some fun and favorite things about them. 

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Jerry MurphyJerry Murphy

You are a past president of ISCPA and a 30-year member. How has your state society membership impacted you? Personally, the friendships I’ve made are what’s truly rewarding. It’s our memories that make us rich. Professionally, the network it provided me helped in advancing my career.

How instrumental has this network been? It’s been everything! My networking resulted in opening the door to the last two career stops I’ve had over the past 18 years. They’ve been the two best jobs of my life!

What do you see as the biggest issue facing the profession today? We need to continue to do what we can to encourage bright young minds to choose the profession. Technology advances are changing business every day which creates new opportunities. I believe cybersecurity is an area where we can add value.

Have you have mentors? How have they impacted you? My two mentors were the corporate controller of my employer in Waterloo and the owner of the company that brought me to Des Moines. They were both men of faith, loving family men, honest and had a strong work ethic. They took an interest in me and guided me to be a better person and an honest businessman.

What are you most proud of about being a CPA? I’ve always been proud of the fact that CPAs rank at the top of the list of most trusted professionals. I’m glad to be part of a profession that promotes honesty and integrity as core values.

What message do you have for high school and college kids about a career as a CPA? I always encourage young people to consider a career in accounting and become a CPA. Our profession provides rewarding opportunities in every aspect of life and allows us to positively impact the people we work with and serve.

What is most rewarding about your job? The people I’ve met and worked with! The work has been challenging and rewarding, but it’s the people who I’ve befriended along the way that make it all worthwhile.

Any anecdotes in your work or your life? Not sure if this applies, but I firmly believe people don’t really care about what you know until they know you care about them.

Jerry and his wife Angie reside in Clive with their Labrador Bailey and Labradoodle Addie

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Job: CFO, Heartland Companies Inc, Des Moines

Hometown: Clinton

Alma mater: St. Ambrose University (undergrad) and Drake University (MBA)

Professional/community activities: Various groups at St. Francis of Assisi, Knights of Columbus, SCKIC dba Dorothy’s House board member/treasurer, ISCPA Legislation Committee, AICPA and CFMA member.

Family: My wife and I have a son Paul (wife Christin) and grandsons Abram and Bradley, a daughter Kay, and a son Dan and grandson Jameson.

First job as a kid: Delivery man for a piano and organ store.

What I wanted to be as a kid: A professional athlete or the next great sports broadcaster. Barring those two careers, a fictional novelist.

If I weren't a CPA, you might find me: Probably in the IT field.

Faborite food: Italian - I love pasta. Seafood, fish, a good steak, potatoes. (Is beer considered food?)

Three words that best describe me: Outgoing, irreverent and loving.

Favorite band/musician: Five Finger Death Punch (for my sons), Ben Rector (for my daughter), Steve Miller Band, Huey Lewis and the News, Beatles, 60s, 70s and 80s rock and roll!

I am passionate about My Catholic faith. God is first, family second and everything else is third.

Last book I read: “What’s Your Why” by Kent Burns and “Night” by Elie Wiesel.

Favorite quote: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it’s wearing overalls and looks like work.” - Thomas Edison

Best concert: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, and Jimmy Buffet - both at Wells Fargo Arena.

Best vacation spot: Ireland and Assisi, Italy

Who would you swap places with for a day? Nobody. I love my life!