John W. Roberts, M.B.A, CPA, CGMA - Principal

Mr. Roberts received a Master in Business Administration degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1977. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, magna cum laude, from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1974, and was elected Phi Beta Kappa.  While at the University of Washington, he rowed on the frosh and varsity crew teams and was a Big W winner.

Before joining Niwao & Roberts in 1992, Mr. Roberts worked for Deloitte, Haskins, & Sells (now known as Deloitte & Touche), CPAs, in Honolulu; Peat, Marwick Mitchell & Company (now known as KPMG), CPAs, in Anchorage, Alaska; and the United States Government on many overseas assignments in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Mr. Roberts speaks several foreign languages.

Drawing on his varied and extensive work experience and his strong business management training, Mr. Roberts performs management consulting and international transfer pricing studies. He also performs audits of various organizations..

Mr. Roberts is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Hawaii.  He is also a Chartered Global Management Accountant. 

Mr. Roberts is a member of the State of Hawaii Board of Public Accountancy, where he chairs the Continuing Professional Education Committee.  At the national level, Mr. Roberts serves on the Enforcement Resources Committee of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).  He served as State President of the Hawaii Association of Public Accountants from 2009 to 2014, and received several outstanding member awards from that organization.  Most recently, he received the United States Small Business Administration 2014 Financial Services Champion of the Year award for the County of Maui.

Mr. Roberts is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the National Society of Accountants, and the Hawaii Society of Certified Public Accountants. 

In addition, Mr. Roberts  previously served as a member of the State of Hawaii Tax Review Commission from 2005 to 2007. 

Mr. Roberts is a past president of the AOAO of the Wells Street Professional Center and is the treasurer of the Rotary Club of Wailuku.  He is a past president of the Maui Chapter of the American Heart Association.

Mr. Roberts is the author of several periodical articles on accounting, tax, and management topics.  He also speaks on corporate governance issues.