top of page



Roger appears in the Top 100 

Innovators & Entrepreneurs Magazine

Knecht, Roger_edited.jpg

Roger Knecht

Roger Knecht, president of Universal Accounting Center, is reshaping the landscape of accounting education and professional development. Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Utah, Universal Accounting Center has emerged as a pioneering institution, offering a comprehensive array of training, certifications, coaching, and support services to accounting professionals globally.


Roger's journey with Universal Accounting Center spans over two decades, beginning in 1999 when he joined the company as vice president of operations. Over the years, he has ascended through the ranks, assuming increasingly pivotal roles within the organization. In 2014, Roger's exceptional leadership qualities culminated in his appointment as president, a position from which he continues to steer Universal Accounting Center toward greater heights of success.


Despite his initial lack of formal accounting training, Roger's innate passion for numbers and relentless pursuit of excellence have propelled him to become a trailblazer within the industry. Leveraging his multifaceted experience across sales, marketing, human resources, and operations, he has been instrumental in shaping Universal Accounting Center's strategic direction and fostering a culture of innovation and continuous improvement.


Universal Accounting Center's mission revolves around empowering accounting professionals to excel in their careers. The institution specializes in assisting aspiring bookkeepers, accountants, and tax preparers in launching and scaling their own successful firms. One of its distinguishing features is the provision of personalized academic coaching, which equips individuals with the practical skills and knowledge needed to thrive in real-world accounting settings. Unlike traditional training programs, their post-secondary school for accounting professionals provides each student with an academic coach. This dedicated mentor assists individuals in not only mastering the curriculum but also in applying their knowledge effectively in real-world scenarios. This tailored support ensures that individuals receive guidance and practical insights to enhance their learning experience and prepare them for success in their accounting careers.


Central to Roger's vision is the concept of accountants as indispensable translators and interpreters within the business realm. He believes that by facilitating effective communication between business owners and their clientele, accountants can empower their clients to make informed decisions based on timely financial insights. “My mission is to empower and inspire accounting professionals to embrace a more proactive role in their interactions with business clients, transcending traditional boundaries to become trusted business advisors. To this end, we advocate for accounting professionals to evolve into 'profit and growth experts' for their clients, equipped to provide invaluable insights and guidance that drive sustainable business success,” Roger shares. This ethos underscores Universal Accounting Center's commitment to bridging the gap between theory and practice, ensuring that graduates are well-equipped to meet the evolving demands of the accounting profession.


Beyond his role at Universal Accounting Center, Roger is a prolific author and sought-after speaker, renowned for his thought leadership and expertise in the field of accounting. His book, Your Strategic Accountant, serves as a comprehensive guide for both business owners and accounting professionals, elucidating the intricacies of accounting services and fostering greater clarity and transparency in client-provider relationships.



Roger Knecht
Universal Accounting Center 





bottom of page