The Chair’s Letter, featured six times each committee year, helps keep AICPA members informed about important developments and emerging trends affecting the CPA profession.
It’s hard to believe I’m roughly one quarter of the way into my term as Chairman of the AICPA Board of Directors. In that role, I travel around the country extensively, meeting many members as I attend conferences, participate in meetings and give presentations, often at state CPA societies. I’m always excited to talk about the issues and opportunities facing our profession. One area CPAs have been particularly eager to discuss is the concept of project management. And that was very interesting to me because I have long been a firm believer that strong project management skills are essential to getting your job done, growing your career and becoming an effective leader.
Continue reading "Project Management: Getting Results and Seeing the Big Picture" »
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.
Continue reading "CPA Profession’s Journey of Greatness" »
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.
Continue reading "The American Dream Extends Beyond Our Borders" »
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
Continue reading "Gaining a Professional Edge with AICPA Membership 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.
Continue reading "The Extraordinary Possibilities of the Accounting Profession" »