SJR STATE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHTS
John Rowe (1971)
Equity Partner of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC
Each week, St. Johns River State College will honor one of its own in an alumni salute, celebrating the career milestones, community contributions and personal reflections of those who began their collegiate journey as SJR State Vikings.
John Rowe discovered that he had a passion for accounting while earning his Associate in Arts degree at St. Johns River State College. Therefore, he went on to get a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Florida State University after graduating summa cum laude from SJR State in 1971.
Following his time at FSU, John spent two years as an accountant at the Big Four CPA firms before returning to Palatka in 1975 to open his own practice. He maintained a strong and profitable firm for over 30 years, and then in 2008, he merged his practice with Carr, Riggs & Ingram (CRI), LLC, the 22nd largest CPA firm in the country. John is currently an equity partner at CRI.
As an expression of his gratitude for his successful venture in Palatka, John gives back to the community. He has been an active member of the Palatka chapter of Kiwanis for over 35 years, having served in every office. He is also the past chairman and founding member of Communities in Schools, as well as a former treasurer of Putnam County’s branch of Habitat for Humanity.
In 2004, John was recognized as the Putnam County Business Person of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce, where he once served as vice president. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA), and he taught at SJR State as an accounting instructor for two years in the late 1970s. Today, John continues to give back to the College by serving on SJR State’s business advisory board.
Teaching, according to John, was his way of returning the “exceptional education” he received at SJR State. “The time I spent at SJR State was very influential in how I reached my current life and career today,” he said. “The teachers were experienced in their fields and cared about making the learning experience not only knowledgeable, but also enjoyable.”
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