John D. Ring, BS ’80, spoke at the Dean’s Breakfast Series on March 9th about his career in nonprofit accounting. He answered student questions and discussed the interesting nature of an accounting career.
Who is John D. Ring?
John D. Ring is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). John has served as the CFO since April 2003 and also served in this same capacity from 1991 through 1997. As the CFO, he manages the Accounting, Human Resources, Meeting and Office Services Departments.
Prior to joining PVA in 2003, John was the Director of Accounting Operations for Unisys Corporation’s Federal Government Group, where he was responsible for all accounting and financial reporting as well as audits by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations.
From 1998 to 2002, John was the Director of Finance and Administration for Arthur Andersen’s Office of Government Services in Washington, DC. In this role, he oversaw all areas of financial reporting, technology and facilities management, and coordinated all audits of the Firm’s United States practice for the DCAA. He also served on the executive team for the practice, working with the partnership to grow and build federal, state and local government business.
For a sixth-month period from 1997 to 1998, John served as a consultant to the Baltimore Ravens football team, where he was the acting treasurer. He prepared the first ever quarterly financial statements for the team to comply with the outside financing requirements, prepared all the workpapers for the annual salary cap audit, and managed the daily operations of the accounting staff.
From 1980 to 1990 (before serving PVA as CFO the first time), John was a Senior Manager in the Audit Division at Arthur Andersen, where he worked with dozens of audit clients in both the non-profit and real estate industries.
John is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. John served on the Not-for-Profit Expert Panel of the AICPA, which provides guidance on accounting and auditing for not-for-profits from 2007 though 2009. In 2007, he won the Award for Financial Excellence in the Non-Profit Category from the Washington Business Journal.
John received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from George Mason University. He lives with his family in Alexandria, Virginia where he roots ardently for the Washington Redskins, rows on the Potomac four mornings a week, and has a passion for photography.