I am honored to write to you in my first blog as the new AICPA Chairman of the Board of Directors. I truly look forward to being able to engage with you through these bimonthly posts. We have an exciting year ahead of us, a year which will focus on the quality of our work and the members of our profession.
As I begin my term as chairman, I have found myself reflecting upon my early days as a staff accountant. From the time I graduated college and began pursuing my career as a CPA, I have been surrounded by inspirational leaders who helped shape me into the man I am today. My firm, Postlethwaite & Netterville, is named after two such extraordinary role models, the late Mr. Alexander Postlethwaite (whom I never addressed by first name) and Jake Netterville, a former AICPA chairman. These great men taught me that quality service and passion are two key ingredients needed to achieve success.
When I became chairman
of the AICPA Board of Directors a year ago, my first blog post addressed several key issues for the
profession. But mainly I talked about the accounting profession as a path to
the American Dream. That’s my life experience – humble beginnings and following
my role-model neighbor who was the first CPA I ever knew. Having represented
the United States accounting profession at a Brazilian conference in August, I
now fully understand that the American Dream is a universal desire and our
profession is a way to achieve it.
I take great pride in being a CPA, and I know you do too. Earning the
credential is something that gives us tremendous confidence and opportunities
in our professional lives. The self-assurance comes from having passed the
rigorous CPA exam and maintaining lifelong learning. The endless possibilities
stem from our experience, expertise and skills that are highly regarded and
necessary in any organization.
Of course, I am able to stay current and
knowledgeable about both professional and technical issues through my
membership in the AICPA. As fellow members, you know the Institute gives us a
professional edge by providing 24/7
access to trusted information and reliable tools.
In an increasingly complicated and competitive business world, it’s good to
know that I can turn to the AICPA to tap into the information I need when and
where I need it.
addition to technical information, I rely on many other member
benefits that make my work more efficient or more profitable.
They also may save my firm, my family or me money and some members find the
discounts more than pay for membership. Below are some of the member benefits
I was a kid from a
blue-collar immigrant background, growing up in a neighborhood where most adults
cobbled together a living from two or three jobs. When I turned 12, our
community got its first CPA resident. That’s when I learned what a CPA was, and
that it could lead to a better life. Thanks to the CPA profession, I grew up to
be able to live the great American Dream.
I am honored and
excited to write to you as the new
AICPA Chairman of the Board of Directors. I believe the CPA
profession is full of even more promise today than it was when I first started
my career. For those with determination, adaptability and persistence, the
profession offers extraordinary possibilities. I’ve learned the key to
achieving that success: embracing change and seeing the opportunities in it.
amazing to see what can happen within a single year. That’s one of my main
observations as I complete my extraordinary time as your chairman.
I was honored to serve as chairman
during the AICPA’s 125th anniversary. The Institute’s founders wanted to
make a difference in the lives of CPAs and the people and organizations with
whom they worked. They clearly succeeded, and I am confident we will continue
to create value for our clients, employers and the public as the 21st Century progresses. As this year draws to a close, I see an increasingly
vibrant profession preparing for the immense challenges facing us. Most of all,
I see a profession that, throughout its history, has served with integrity and
unleashed opportunities for success.