Cathy Goldsticker, CPA, CGMA

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Meet Cathy

Cathy is a partner in Armanino’s Tax practice. She works with a range of clients and industries, including advertising, distribution, contractors, food service, health care, real estate, startup and wholesale, among others. She authors tax updates and frequently speaks to various audiences on tax topics.

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Professional History


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MOCPA)


  • Congregation Temple Israel, Investment Committee, Finance Committee and Board Member
  • Jewish Federation of St. Louis, Audit Committee
  • Kids In The Middle, Board and Finance Committee Member
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, Big Sister


  • Fontbonne University
  • University of Wisconsin


  • Brown Smith Wallace LLP
  • Stone Carlie


  • MOCPA Woman to Watch Award
  • St. Louis Business Journal Innovation Award


Q. What is it about the accounting or consulting profession that first drew your interest?

I actually took two days’ worth of career testing evaluations in college because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. The test results said that my career path should be hospital administration or public accounting. I thought about hospital administration, took the GMAT — master’s-level entry testing — and did fine, but I didn’t want to continue my education. So instead, I chose public accounting where I could leverage my math and quantitative skills, as well as my passion for client service, to be the best CPA possible.

Q. What is the toughest decision you have ever made?

I tend to look at tough decisions no differently than any other decision. I analyze the pros and cons of a situation and then make a confident and clear decision with quick implementation follow-up. Occasionally, I may regret my decision, but this process allows me to continue moving forward and help many of our clients or myself, depending on the situation.

Q. What law or regulation in the accounting industry would you like to see changed?

I find unlimited self-employment income for workers, lawyers and those who have pass-through entities extremely unfair. It’s an unfair burden on taxpayers in the Social Security and Medicare tax system.

Q. Please tell us one fun fact about yourself.

You may not know just by looking at me, but I love to laugh and be silly.

Q. What’s your proudest moment?

When I received my master’s degree in tax. My whole family — parents, children and husband went to graduation and afterward had dinner at Tony’s, a five-star restaurant. It was during Hanukkah, so we brought our menorah and candles and lit them while toasting to my newly acquired degree. It was such a wonderful and proud time for me. To receive a degree when I was married with two kids and working hard — and receiving a 4.0 GPA — was challenging and rewarding.

Q. If you could pass on a nugget of wisdom to aspiring accountants or consultants, what would that be?

Do your best and forget the rest. Don’t underestimate the return on the investment for you to show you care for your clients.

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