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Jim Dolinar

Jim Dolinar

Crowe LLP

Hinsdale, IL USA

"If your motivation is to do the right things, to help others be successful and leave the world in a better place, you will be successful."

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Day In The Life

Managing Partner - National Office

I oversee accounting, audit quality, ethics & independence, and SEC & PCAOB matters as it relates to the audit practice.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    St. Laurence

  • Bachelor's Degree


    Northern Illinois University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Accountants and Auditors:

Bachelor's Degree: Accounting

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Life & Career Milestones

  • 1.

    I grew up on the south side of Chicago and was the first person in my family to go to college. I struggled early on and had to retake an accounting course to get into the business school.

  • 2.

    I graduated one semester late and didn't have offers when I finished school. I kept applying to CPA firms and landed with a small regional firm after 3 months looking.

  • 3.

    I left public accounting after 3 years due to the long hours and got a job in internal audit. It was not as satisfying to me, and within a few weeks I was applying back to public accounting.

  • 4.

    I worked on many of the messy and complex engagements. They were stressful and very demanding. However, each was a learning experience that helped position me for greater responsibilities.

  • 5.

    Moving from the audit practice to the national office was a big change. Over time, I took on more responsibilities. The work seemed to get more challenging and stressful as time passed.

  • 6.

    I never planned to lead the National Office, but when the opportunity was presented, it gave me the ability to make changes that would benefit the firm, members of the National Office, and myself.

  • 7.

    It was hard work and clearly included more stress at times, however, collaborating with others and strong supportive leadership led to improved processes and a better way of doing things.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Friends:

    You should leave public accounting since it has limited opportunities and it requires you to work too much.

  • How I responded:

    Hard work is involved, however, it is rewarding when your motivation is driven by strong values and supported by a strong culture. If your motivation is to do the right things, to help others be successful and leave the world in a better place, you will be successful.