CPA License: Colorado #5486
“The more collaborative you are with clients, the more creative approaches you’ll find to help them.”
Rick Whipple leads WhippleWood CPAs as CEO and strives to make an impact on the local and national level.
Rick’s passion for small businesses has taken him all the way to the White House. In 2012, he met with Presidential Senior Advisor Valarie Jarrett in the White House to discuss how federal policies affect small businesses. On behalf of small businesses nationwide, Rick has engaged with and lobbied numerous senators on four separate trips to Washington. These efforts, coupled with Rick’s tireless work on the local level to promote Denver area small businesses, led him to being named a finalist for the National Small Business Association’s Small Business Advocate of the Year Award in 2018. Rick was also named a “hero” by the Colorado Society of CPAs at its 2018 CPAs Make a Difference Celebration.
Rick’s career in public accounting began in 1978. He was a co-founder of WhippleWood CPAs in 1981 and became its CEO in 2004. His experience as an entrepreneur and small business owner over the span of 40 years is vital to his success as a CPA and small business advisor. Yet Rick understands strategies that may have once worked, or worked for him, won’t always produce the same results for his clients. “I have to be open to new knowledge and be able to listen intently to a client’s challenges to find a solution that works best for them,” Rick explains.
Rick has served as chair of the Board of Directors of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, chair of the South Metro Denver Economic Development Group, board member of the Denver Better Business Bureau, and chair of the board of Colorado Lending Source.
Rick spends his spare time with his wife and two teenage children. By being a good mentor to his kids and to his employees at WhippleWood, he hopes to make the world a little better every day.