Management Team

Kola A. Isiaq

Kola A. Isiaq, MBA, CPA, CISA

Managing Partner

Kola Isiaq is the Managing Partner of Williams Adley. He joined Williams Adley in 1992 and was admitted to the partnership in 1997. His professional career spans corporate, governmental, and public accounting, auditing, and consulting. He began his career in 1985 as a corporate accountant and rose to senior financial executive positions before entering government service in 1989. Mr. Isiaq spent the next several years working as a government auditor specializing in financial and performance audits of governmental agencies and program activities. Mr. Isiaq obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Alabama A&M University and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Finance from Tennessee State University. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Executive Leadership Training Program. Mr. Isiaq is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the District of Columbia and a Certified Information Systems Auditor. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and his accomplishments within the federal arena earned him a three-year appointment to the Institute’s subcommittee on Federal Auditing and Accounting Standards. He currently serves as a member of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs’ committee on Federal Auditing and Accounting Issues. Mr. Isiaq is a board member of the International Consortium of Government Financial Managers. He was recently elected as the Chairman of Alabama A&M University’s School of Business Board of Advisors. He is also a member of the Association of Government Accountants, Information Systems and Controls Association, and the National Association of Black Accountants.

Q: What was your first job?

A: I was fortunate to begin working as a bank officer upon graduating from college in Africa. However, when I arrived in the United States, my first position was in a Mexican restaurant as a line cook in Huntsville, Alabama.

Q: What do you believe brings clients to Williams Adley?

A: I strongly believe that the quality of our staff brings clients to Williams Adley. We hire very bright, talented professionals and we invest in their continued training and development. They, in turn, deliver quality work to our clients. This attribute drives our Williams Adley reputation as the ultimate destination for “good people doing great work”.

Q:  How do you keep a competitive edge?

A: Competitiveness comes naturally to me and I actually enjoy the fun of being ahead of the pack in almost anything I do. Second best is not good enough in my book. First, I ensure that I stay current with technical developments in the accounting profession through professional certifications and Continued Professional Education courses. Secondly, I stay very active and engaged in the professional circle and community through ongoing networking to anticipate threats and opportunities before they arrive. Finally, I maintain a disciplined exercise regimen to develop and maintain the physical and mental energy to keep going.  

Q: Name one of your talents that benefits clients most.

A: Listening. I think I’m a good listener and I work hard at making sure that I listen very carefully to what my clients say they need from Williams Adley. Over the years, I have gotten into the habit of making sure that I ask more questions than I answer. When I’m with clients, I take careful consideration of our conversations to make sure that when I say something to them it is specific and related to issues of interest to them.

Q: How do you spend your time outside of the office?

A: “Daddy duties” take up majority of my time outside the office. I am a proud husband and father of three wonderful boys and one beautiful young lady. My wife and I spend a lot of time getting our two youngest children to to/from various extracurricular events – soccer, swimming, karate, birthday parties – typical stuff that keep parents busy. Whatever free moment is left is spent either in my home gym, watching African movies, or listening to old African music to reminisce about where I come from.

Q: What quote or saying guides your professional and/or personal life?

A: Treat other people as you wish to be treated. It is simple but it has kept me straight and narrow all my life. I believe if you treat people right – right will come to you sooner or later.

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