On November 7, 2018, Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America held their 2018 Accounting Industry Distinguished Citizen Awards Dinner honoring two outstanding representatives from the New Jersey accounting community. Wendy Cama, CPA at Crowe, was selected for this prestigious recognition along with Ron Matan, CPA, CGMA, PSA and Member of the Firm at SobelCo.

In his acceptance remarks, Ron spoke about the importance of knowing why we do what we do.  This is the theme that Simon Sinek puts forth in his well-known book and video series.  In expanding on the topic, Ron noted that he does what he does to build and enhance our firm’s nonprofit and social service practice because it feels good to help those who do good.  This commitment to nonprofits has been the foundation of Ron’s life.

The result has been profound.

When he first stepped into the role of Partner in Charge of the Nonprofit & Social Services Practice, the firm was working with about 35 clients in this sector. Today the number of engagements has grown to over 300 under Ron’s direction.

But what most do not know is that Ron’s passion for supporting social services starts with a very personal story. 

When Ron was just twelve, a time that should be carefree for any pre-teen, his father died very suddenly, leaving Ron, his mother and his siblings with no financial security. Without any way to support themselves, the family was forced to give up their home and move into low income housing.  For several years they depended on organizations like the food bank, the Salvation Army, and other nonprofits that provide resources for struggling families.

With that challenging experience serving as the backdrop for his childhood, Ron knew that when he had the opportunity, he would be as generous as possible. He vowed to do his best to ensure that others in similar circumstances would have access to the same support his family had relied on.

Over the years Ron has kept his promise, serving as a volunteer, leader and donor for many of the area’s nonprofits - including being appointed to the Union County Educational Services Foundation Board, serving on the audit committee of Farmersville Parent-Teacher Association as well as on the Board of the Pomfret Club. In addition, he is currently the Treasurer of the Board of Life Path, a group that provides housing, programs and services to individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities throughout Lehigh Valley and southeastern Pennsylvania. In previous years he has been the Treasurer and a Board member of Kids Peace Treatment Centers for emotionally disturbed children, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

His life – both professional and personal – is founded on core values such as integrity, honesty, compassion, and dedication. He is a good man, a passionate man, and a generous man. We are proud to see his efforts rewarded by our community.