Preparing for the Next Opportunity…New AICPA chairman says the CPA profession should seize opportunities created by emerging trends.

Robert R. Harris takes a large view of the profession. He believes the economic crisis, global convergence of standards, a worldwide concern about the depletion of nonrenewable natural resources, and generational changes all present unprecedented opportunities for CPAs.

Harris, who was elected to a one-year term as chairman of the AICPA during the fall Council meeting in October, says he is concerned that young people don’t fully appreciate the innovation and breadth associated with the CPA profession—a view he hopes to foster during his year as chairman.

“Throughout my career, I have listened to clients and worked with them to solve their problems and help them meet their objectives,” Harris said. “The knowledge I gain from the exposure to a wide variety of clients provides me with constant learning moments. These last 13 years, I have been fortunate to work with CPAs all over the country who are involved in professional malpractice cases, and the ability to help them has been so very rewarding.”

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