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With a law and accounting background, Jason Cole loves helping nonprofits
Jason E. Cole, 36Home: Bedford
Birthplace: Sewanee, Tenn.
Family: I am married to Heidi Cole. We have three children, Madeline, 4, Myles, 3, and Miranda, 1.
High school: Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, Sudbury, Mass.
B.A., Colgate University; MS/MBA, Northeastern University; J.D., Suffolk University Current job: Corporate attorney at Devine, Millimet & Branch, P.A. I’ve been with the firm for six and a half years.
Key past positions held: Assistant international controller, State Street Global Markets; auditor, Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
Volunteer activities: Member, board of directors of the N.H. Society of CPAs; member, NHSCPA Tax Committee; member, NHSCPA Young Professionals Committee; member, NHSCPA Legislative Subcommittee; chair, New Hampshire Bar Tax Section; member, board of trustees of the Manchester Historic Association; volunteer, various political campaigns, most recently Ovide Lamontagne for Governor and Jon Huntsman for President.
"I always wanted to go to law school and be a lawyer," said Cole, "but rather than go straight to law school, I went and learned accounting in a real-life setting."
In addition his law degree, Cole also has an MBA and is a certified public accountant.
Cole said his accounting background has been an asset in his daily work as a corporate attorney at Devine Millimet.
"I learned all of the accounting in a context," he said. "It's enabled me to speak a lot of different languages."
Cole said he enjoys assisting nonprofit organizations.
"The nonprofit side has been really interesting, I've come to love that the most over the years," he said.
With nonprofits, like many businesses, having to do more with less in a still-soft economy, Cole said he enjoys finding ways to help them to be successful.
"I think there are a lot of opportunities for nonprofits now," he said.
Those who know him and work with him spoke highly of his accomplishments.
"Jason exemplifies what it means to give back to the community, and his multi-disciplinary background provides him with tools that can really make a positive impact for an organization," said Jeremy Veilleux of Baker Newman Noyes.
Jon Sparkman, president of Devine Millimet and Cole's mentor, said, "As a business and tax lawyer, Jason's background as a certified public accountant increases the value that he brings to his client engagements," and that he is able to quickly assess his clients' situations and give them a practical perspective.
A father of three, Cole said one of his current challenges is balancing work and family, but enjoys making a difference in the community.
"It's important to be involved in your community and have an impact," he said.
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