The EO New Jersey blog periodically features members. In this post, learn more about Joe Hodakowski in his own words.
My name is Joe Hodakowski, and I joined EO 8 years ago. I have been in Eleven Forum for the past year and a half. The biggest thing that I’ve gained from EO is learning from other business owners who are having challenges in their business and how they are dealing with them. We all have different businesses, but we all have similar issues.
I founded my business (Hodakowski & Hodakowski) in 2003 when I left Ernst & Young and went into business with my father. We are a full service accounting firm, located in Flemington, N.J., that provides bookkeeping, tax return preparation, tax planning and estate administration to individuals, small businesses and corporations.
I left Ernst & Young because I wanted a better quality of life and wanted to provide my clients with better service and more advice. When we first formed our partnership, we had one employee and a small office. Today, we have 11 employees and have seen tremendous growth. In the last year we have started a marketing program that is unique to the accounting industry. It has been very successful and has helped grow our business about 20 percent in the past year.
Born and raised in northern New Jersey, I went to Pope John High School in Sparta. I attended Gettysburg College, where I met my wife, Kate. While at Gettysburg I played football and graduated in the top 10 in career tackles and was second-team All American my senior year. I have a master’s degree in taxation from Seton Hall University and my CPA license in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
I live in Doylestown, Penn., with my wife and four children: Annie (6), Ben (4), Jane (2) and Rosemary (2 months). We enjoy spending time in the Poconos at our second home in Lake Naomi.