Barie Elected to Serve as Chair of AICPA

Tommye Barie

Tommye Barie

Tommye Barie was elected the new chair of the board of directors of the AICPA. In her acceptance speech, Barie compared the nimbleness and strength required in kite-boarding –one of her favorite sports – with the skills CPAs must wield in an increasingly competitive global economy.

“You can’t control the wind, but you can ride it,” says Barie, a partner with Atlanta-based Mauldin & Jenkins LLC (FY14 net revenue of $46.3 million). “This is a good analogy for what we continually face in our profession. External forces change the landscape seemingly overnight, and we ride that constantly changing wind.”

Barie was elected to the one-year volunteer post by the AICPA Governing Council at its fall meeting. Timothy Christen, chairman and CEO of Baker Tilly, was voted in as vice chair.