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Ronald Thompkins

Distinguished Alumnus December 1983

Ronald Thompkins, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) has had a distinguished career in public accounting spanning more than 35 years. Ronald’s total experience in the field is vast, with extensive experience in government (local, state and federal), colleges and universities, airlines, real estate, savings and loan associations, banks, hotels, and non-profit organizations.

Ronald graduated from Rochelle Senior High in 1966, and earned his Associate in Arts in Architecture from Polk State College (known then as Polk Junior College) in 1968. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1971.

After graduation, Thompkins worked at the National Academy of Science, then Deloitte, Haskins & Sells. In 1980 he joined Koon, Thompkins and Company, before leaving the company to start his own firm in 1982. Thompkins joined BCA Watson Rice LLP in 1994, rising to Managing Partner of the Florida offices, spending over 15 years with the company.

While at BCA Watson Rice LLP, Thompkins specialized in governmental and not-for-profit clientele in the Florida office. He also served as the firm’s National Quality Control Partner and performed Quality and Peer Reviews for the AICPA and FICPA firm membership.

Thompkins held numerous memberships in accounting organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA). He served as a member of the board of directors of the AICPA, a former state president of the FICPA and a Trustee of the FICPA’s Education Foundation.

In addition to professional associations, Thompkins also actively served his community through civic involvement. He is a member and past president of the Opa-locka Rotary Club. He served as Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the City of Miami General Employees and Sanitation Employees’ Pension Board. Other service includes active involvement with the Alliance for Aging, South Florida Chapter of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators, National Association of Black Accountants, and the Government Finance Officers Association.

Thompkins has also served as panelist and guest speaker to various educational and business organizations and regulatory bodies on issues and topics affecting the not-for-profit and government services industries.

He was appointed to the Practices Quality Control Review Committee of Haskins and Sells, the youngest accountant to serve in their history. He received the 1980 Achievement Award from the National Association of Black Accountants.

Other memberships include the National Association of Accountants, the National Association of Black Accountants (Director of Continuing Education, Greater Miami Chapter), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Gold Coast Institute of Certified Accountants, the latter for which he served as Treasurer and member of the Board. He also served on the Miami branch of the NAACP, the Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce as a Board member and Secretary, as the President of the Inner City Development Foundation, and on the Carol City Jaycees.

Ronald mentored a group of high school juniors and seniors, sponsored by the Urban League of Greater Miami. He was a lecturer for many organizations, including the Metropolitan Dade County, Procurement Division; the College of Business, FSU; the United Small Business Administration; and the National Association of Black Accountants.

He was also an Associate Member of the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association and is included in the Who’s Who in Finance and Industry.