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Risa Demers came to the accounting world after studying law enforcement at Bryant College in Rhode Island and then spending 20 years in insurance. She shares the same dedication and commitment to servicing clients as William, and she made the choice to join him after realizing how much they could grow the business together.
Risa prides herself on connecting with people, and she attributes the firm’s loyal client base to their approach of putting themselves in their client’s position. When she’s not helping the business run smoothly, she and her husband William, founder of WDC Suncoast, enjoy spending time with their two children, grandchildren and their walk-loving dog.
William Demers knew early in life that he wanted to work in accounting. He pursued that calling at Bryant University in Rhode Island, where he earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in accounting. Thirty-five years later and his passion for solving problems and helping clients as a CPA has only grown.
After graduating, William spent five years as a partner at a firm in Massachusetts. When he discovered that he enjoyed the responsibility of running a business just as much as he enjoyed helping clients, he moved to Florida to open his own firm. Everyone who works with William receives the utmost dedication and focus, and people often comment on his availability, reliability, and personal touch.
When he’s not assisting clients, he loves challenging himself on the golf course and spending time with his wife Risa, who also works at WDC Suncoast. Together, they entertain their grandchildren and pamper their beloved dog.
With over 20 years in public accounting and almost five in business management with a fast-growing software company, Bill Lincoln is applying his expertise to build teams of professional staff and enhance firm resources to better serve clients. As regional director, Bill’s role includes overseeing the local branches, implementing firmwide processes and procedures, and developing professional staff into business and client leaders.
With an intense yet easy-going manner, Bill is perfectly positioned to focus on the BJM network’s top-line growth while also working directly with branch managers to create client-focused, stellar teams of accounting professionals. As the BJM network grows, Bill will work with newly acquired entities to enhance not only their branch performance and client offerings, but also those of the region as a whole.
Bill spent most of his public accounting career with mid-sized firms. He has prepared and reviewed individual and corporate tax returns, supervised local and international teams of staff, developed workflow processes and implemented new technologies across firms and with clients, and served integral roles on merger teams. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting from West Virginia University and is a native of Pittsburgh. Bill has been in the Atlanta area for almost ten years.
When he is not working, Bill enjoys spending time with his family, particularly watching his three teenagers play soccer and tennis. He is also a home-improvement enthusiast and is always working on a house project.