Audit Partner Named 40 Under Forty Recipient

Nicole Teska Receives Second Prestigious Honor in 2020 as an Honoree of CNY Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty Awards

Congratulations to our very own Nicole M. Teska, CPA, CFE, Audit Partner, who has been selected as one of the honorees for the CNY Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty Awards!

This is the second recognition Nicole has received this year!! She was also named a 2020 Rising Star of the North American railroad industry.

“I would like to thank the CNY Business Journal for this wonderful recognition,” Nicole said. “Also, I would like to thank the leadership of Bowers and Company CPAs. I know I wouldn’t be on this list if it wasn’t for the trust and support the firm has provided me throughout my career.”

The 40 Under Forty Awards recognizes 40 people under the age of 40 who have excelled and made a difference in the workplace and in the community. Nicole was a clear candidate for the award because of her career achievements, demonstrated leadership and community involvement.

About Nicole

Nicole M. Teska began her accounting career with Bowers and Company CPAs in 2004 and in 2016 was named an Audit Partner. As a Partner here at Bowers, Nicole handles many of our Short Line Railroad clients and has extensive involvement with the American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) serving on numerous committees including:

  • Chair of the ASLRRA Finance & Administration Committee
  • Member of the Young Professionals Committee
  • Member of the Legislative Policy Committee

In addition to her current involvement with the ASLRRA, Nicole is also a former president of the Syracuse Chapter of the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance. Through this organization, she supports women in business, specifically in the financial sector.

Nicole was named the firm’s Quality Control Director in 2019. As QC Director, she is responsible for the planning and implementing of the audit department’s CPE curriculum. She ensures the firm meets its Yellow Book and ERISA requirements for the firm’s specialized niches. She also works to continue to develop and formalize the audit departments policies and procedures.

Nicole is a member of the firm’s Young Partner Committee, which established a formal mentoring program in 2019 for the manager and senior level associates. The program developed criteria to evaluate managers that could be potential partners.

Community Service

Nicole serves her community by contributing in a variety of ways. She volunteers for events including the Vera House Gala and Syracuse Stage productions. She is also a member of the Century Club of Syracuse and volunteered at the 2019 18.12 Challenge and ½ Marathon in Sackets Harbor.

Speaking of races, Nicole is passionate about running, and participates in the following community charity races:

  • Cupids Chase, which benefits Community Options, Inc., an organization dedicated to serving people with disabilities;
  • The Dunkin Arc Race, which benefits Arc of Onondaga, an organization dedicated to serving people with disabilities; and
  • The Kiwanis Club Turkey Trot, which supports the Kiwanis Club.

The future is bright for Nicole as she continues her partnership in Bowers and Company CPAs. Her current trajectory is to Partner-in-Charge of the Audit Department. Her goal is to continue to increase her networking circle and to support women in the industry.

Join us in Congratulating Nicole on this Well-Deserved Achievement!​

Bowers would also like to congratulate the rest of the 40 Under Forty Honorees.

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