An accomplished financial professional with experience spanning investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, debt structuring, and compliance, James Kasim has served in a number of senior management capacities. A licensed CPA since 1994, James Kasim is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA).
With 40,000 members covering 14 chapters statewide, the California State Society of Certified Public Accountants serves as a valuable networking platform for California CPAs. The organization also supports members in advancing their careers via a host of professional development resources including both in-person and remote learning opportunities.
CalCPA members can choose from over 1,300 events presented both in person and via webcast, with focus areas ranging from business ethnics and fraud prevention to strategies for training accounting staff. Each year, CalCPA hosts a total of 19 conferences concentrating on emerging trends across all accounting sectors, as well as CPE Weeks, which give members an opportunity to attend up to 40 hours of continuing education courses at multi-day programs in San Diego, San Luis, Palm Springs, Monterey, and Lake Tahoe. For accounting professionals in need of more flexible CPE opportunities, CalCPA also offers 150 self-study courses in on-demand, webcast and PDF formats, in addition to facilitating convenient onsite learning programs at its members’ offices.
James Kasim is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed to practice in California. After earning his CPA credential, James Kasim completed his master of business administration (MBA) with honors from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business, where he graduated with honors.
Given its high matriculation fees and rigorous admission requirements, the true value of an MBA degree is a topic of discussion in the professional world. How does an MBA benefit degree holders?
An MBA education enhances students' management skills while attuning their knowledge base and skill sets toward real-life situations. It also changes how students view the business world at large. The internship portion of an MBA-track education further provides students with networking opportunities that can be of value later in their careers.
Studies have shown that MBA graduates have a higher average annual incomes compared to holders of undergraduate university degrees. They also have better career opportunities with higher chances of securing executive management positions.
James Kasim previously worked with Ernst & Young, LLP, as a senior manager, and was the CFO of Pacific Office Properties Trust, Inc. James Kasim earned his MBA with honors from the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business.
One of the top business schools in the nation, the USC Marshall School of Business is committed to preparing its students and graduates for a career in the complex, competitive, global world of business. Through its emphasis on communication, analysis, and entrepreneurial skills, USC Marshall strives to expose its students to a wide scope of business opportunities while constantly innovating and experimenting.
In addition to undergraduate programs in accounting and business administration, it also offers a full range of graduate programs for both full- and part-time students These range from its traditional two-year program to a Global Executive MBA program that awards graduates with a certificate from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in addition to their USC Marshall degree.
Whether students are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs, they all go through USC Marshall’s Experimental Learning Center. An important supplement to their classroom courses, the Center gives students the chance to practice and learn interpersonal and management skills. Led by professional trainers, students in the Experimental Learning Center also watch video capture of their presentations and exercises to better understand key concepts and to see how they handle different situations in real time.
A senior finance executive with over two decades of experience, James Kasim has an extensive background in real estate investments throughout California. Early in his financial career, James Kasim was a senior manager with Ernst & Young where he served for over a decade.
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