Each year, more than 90,000 people sit for the CPA examination. Many of the successful candidates can thank Timothy F. Gearty, editor-in-chief and national lead instructor for Becker, a global CPA exam-prep leader and managing partner of Florham Park’s Gearty & McIntyre.
In fact, Gearty has a national fan base even though he never abandoned debits and credits. His role with Becker puts him in front of thousands of prospective CPAs each year. Many candidates consider the review a necessity because the CPA exam is regarded as one of the toughest of all licensing tests. He even inspires fan videos.
“People sometimes recognize me on the street,” he has said. “Sometimes they’ll shout ‘OMG it’s Tim Gearty and [another Becker leader] Peter Olinto!’ A number of times I’ve been with my family at a nice restaurant and people will approach me for an autograph or ask to take a selfie with me. My family’s been very understanding.”