Bill Hagaman


Bill is the Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of WithumSmith+Brown, PC, and has been a member of the firm’s management for over 20 years. He is a licensed certified public accountant in the states of New Jersey, New York and Florida, as well as a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), specializing in merger and acquisition services and international business. With over 30 years of professional experience, he serves local, national and global clients in a variety of industries including bio-medical and pharmaceutical.

A graduate of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, Bill joined WS+B in 1980. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA). He has also demonstrated a leadership role in expanding the firm’s global capabilities, serving as a current executive committee member of HLB International’s U.S. organization and as the former chairman of Nexia International USA – both of which are worldwide networks of independent accounting firms and business advisors.

Bill’s professional and philanthropic involvement at both the local and state levels is exemplary. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Francis E. Parker Memorial Home; Treasurer of the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation; and a member of the Board of the NJ State Chamber of Commerce. Bill is current Chairman and former Treasurer of the New Brunswick Cultural Center, Inc., and former Chairman of the George Street Playhouse. He is also an executive committee member of HLB International. In 2010, Bill received the Thomas H. Kean Arts Advocacy Award, honoring him for his dedication to the arts. Past roles include vice president of Ocean Day School, Inc. and membership with the Kiwanis Rotary and the Jaycees. In 2002, he was appointed to serve on the BEST Commission (Budget Efficiency Savings Team) for the state of New Jersey. A longtime treasurer and former chairman of the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Bill was honored by the MCRCC as a “2002 Community Leader of Distinction.” He has also coached his children’s little league, basketball and in-line hockey teams.

Bill has been interviewed on Executive Leaders Radio regarding topics of leadership, and has appeared on the News 12 New Jersey television show, “New Jersey Business,” discussing topics related to managing a business in today’s economy. He is frequently quoted in accounting and business publications, and has authored many articles over the years on topics ranging from fixed asset management to mergers and acquisitions to leadership within the profession.

Bill is a “local” at the Jersey Shore, residing in Monmouth County, NJ.