Richard J. Whipple, Jr.
Richard J. Whipple, Jr., CPA, Mtax, CEO
Rick has been an owner of WhippleWood CPAs for more than three decades. He has successfully managed the growth and strategy of the firm in his role as CEO for more than 10 years. He is responsible for positioning the firm to deliver high-quality tax, business assurance and consulting services for high net-worth individuals and business owners located throughout the United States and abroad. Rick is responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm, and he consults in general business areas, strategic tax planning and issues facing emerging businesses.
In 2016, Rick was again named a Five Star: Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth ManagerSM—the seventh year he has received this exclusive award.
Rick actively participates in a variety of civic and charitable organizations, as he has throughout his life. He was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Denver/Boulder Better Business Bureau. Rick has previously served as the Chair for the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber), as well as Chair of the Chamber’s Economic Development Group. In addition, Rick was nominated for the Brian Vogt Community Leader of the Year Award, given by the Chamber to an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the Chamber and to the South Metro Denver community at large.
In addition to his involvement with the Chamber, Rick has served as treasurer for a variety of political and nonprofit organizations, including his father’s campaign for the Colorado RTD board, Fred Green’s campaign for State Representative, the Acacia Fraternity Alumni Advisory Board and the Ronald McDonald House, where he provided oversight for a $5 million new construction project and a capital campaign that raised $2 million in funding for the project. Rick has served on the C-470 Corridor Coalition’s Citizens Advisory Committee, and he is currently on the Colorado steering committee for the national campaign “Fix the Debt.”
Rick is also a board member for St. Francis Laboratory, which provides pathological testing services to hospitals throughout Nicaragua, and he has supported numerous other political and social causes through his volunteer work.
Rick is a member of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants #5486, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (a special member of the Tax Section), the Sierra Club, the American Alpine Institute and the Access Fund.
Rick graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in accounting. He subsequently completed his master’s degree in tax law at the University of Denver. He specializes in various areas of tax law and is an expert in complex tax planning. Rick has served as a seminar leader on presentations addressing passive activity rules and planning opportunities using employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), the interaction of tax liabilities with cash flow and leadership issues in business.
Rick currently resides in Morrison, CO, with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he can be found playing with his children, climbing rocks, surfing or exploring the high mountains of the world.