Christopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson

Managing Partner and Director


Johnson Risk Advisory (JRA)

Tampa, FL USA


It is tempting to assume the ideas of your peers or be pessimistic, but I chose not to listen and it turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made in my life.

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
When in high school, I was swindled out of $500. This lead to the decision to study business, so I can earn money.
During college, I initially majored in business management but decided to switch my major to accounting to compete with a smaller group of job candidates and work in an industry that deals with money.
Considering the small number of African American CPAs in the U.S., I decided to become a CPA to be one of the few that contributed to changing the low numbers and make myself attractive to employers.
Passed all 4 sections of the CPA exam and received job offers from PWC and EY, all in the same week! I decided to start my career with EY, which was my goal during college.
Considering I worked in IT risk and audit at EY, I studied and received my Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) license to improve my understanding IT audit topics.
Departed from Big 4 and learned the value I can bring to small and medium sized businesses as a result of my Big 4 work experience.
Started my own company serving small and mid-size organizations with IT controls, information security, and compliance.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
American Senior High School
Bachelor
Accounting
Bethune-Cookman University

Career

Managing Partner and Director

Advise clients on IT internal controls that protect the confidentiality of information they use in their business.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Business
Helping People

Day to Day

My days consists of meetings with clients that are attempting to implement or improve their internal control processes for information security and data protection. Most of the time this is related to an efforts to receive a SOC report (reference AICPA). After meetings, I sit at my computer and perform testing procedures to evaluate their security and provide guidance for them to improve any broken or lacking processes. I also provide reports to update my clients on status and answer questions.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I would pursue the CPA license ASAP. Passing all four parts of the exam opened the doors for me and my career. If not the CPA, get another relevant certification to your line of work. Graduate degrees are very valuable; however, professional certifications speak volumes as well. Often times, they are quicker and less expensive to receive. Also, network with professionals in your area of interest to understand where there may be opportunities to get started.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Accounting

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"Accounting is a lot of work."

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues

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