City Woman Becomes CPA

Betsy Thayer of Jamestown recently became a certified public accountant in New York state by passing all parts of the CPA exam.

“Betsy not only passed the CPA exam, but she did phenomenal,” said Christopher Smith, principal and manager of the Jamestown office of Schaffner, Knight, Minnaugh & Company PC. “Her test results put her with an elite class of young professionals.”

Of the more than 92,000 candidates that sat for the certified public accountant exam last year, only 39 of them across the nation had a higher score.

“We are most proud of Betsy’s accomplishment,” Smith said. “Obviously she is very intelligent, but she worked extremely hard to achieve those scores. Her dedication to our field will certainly extend to an outstanding career in public accounting.”

After completing the internship program with Schaffner, Knight, Minnaugh & Company, P.C., Thayer joined the firm in 2012 as an associate at the Jamestown office. She is a specialist in the firm’s tax department, focusing on tax consulting and preparation.

In May 2012, she graduated summa cum laude from the State University at Fredonia with a bachelor’s degree in public accountancy. Thayer also earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and health and human services from the State University in Buffalo, where she graduated summa cum laude in May 2007.

While attending SUNY Fredonia, she was honored with the 2012 New York State Society of CPAs Accounting Senior Award, the 2011 New York State Society of CPAs John T. Kennedy Memorial Award, and the M.R. Poummit Achievement Award for highest department GPA in the spring of 2011.