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August 16, 2019 / 40 Under Forty Class of 2019

40 Under Forty 2019: Daniel Stanhope

Photo | Erika Sidor From the 20th anniversary of WBJ's 40 Under Forty are (from left) 2019 winner Patrick D. Hare, 2005 alumni Carla McCall, 2019 winner Daniel Stanhope, 2001 alumni Ned LaFortune, and 2019 winner Carolyn J. Perla at Wachusett Brewing Co. in Westminster.

Daniel Stanhope, 36


AAFCPAs, Westborough

Residence: Marlborough

Birthplace: Leicester

Colleges: Bryant University & Northeastern University

Stanhope came to AAFCPAs in 2014 already with more than 10 years of diverse experience in public accounting. It didn’t take long for him to be named partner by the end of 2015 at age of 33. He’s become an accounting authority in the construction business, becoming a highly sought-after accountant for the sector. Now, Stanhope leads the firm’s construction industry practice. However, it’s in Massachusetts’ newly legal marijuana industry in which Stanhope is gaining clout as a smart and savvy numbers man. He’s become a leader of AAFCPAs’ cannabis niche, advising the state’s fast-growing nonprofit and commercial cannabis businesses on navigating the many regulations and other challenges pot businesses face. Under Stanhope’s watch, cannabis firms operate with solid business plans, realistic projections, strong internal controls and compliant tax returns. He is a heavy participant in the AAFCPAs’ Innovative Career Coaching Program meant to foster growth for employees. Stanhope volunteers as board member and treasurer of the Central Mass Housing Alliance, the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Central Mass., the Marlborough Retirement Board and on the Marlborough Economic Development Corp. – Profile written by Zachary Comeau

What TV character is most like you? Sal Vulcano from “Impractical Jokers” – He is hardworking, a good friend, and finds humor in things.

Why do you live in Central Mass.? I grew up here, and my wife and I are raising our three boys here because it’s a great place to raise a family.

Who is most responsible for your success? My wife Beth! She’s the love of my life and incredibly supportive.

Click here to read about the other 40 Under Forty winners from 2019 and featured alumni in our 20th anniversary edition

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