Illinois CPA Society Announces 2020-21 Board of Directors

The Illinois CPA Society has appointed the following professionals to its board of directors for the term of April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021:

  • Chairperson: Dorri McWhorter, YMCA Metropolitan Chicago
  • Vice Chairperson: Thomas Murtagh, BKD
  • Secretary: Mary Fuller, Shepard Schwartz & Harris
  • Treasurer: Jonathan Hauser, KPMG
  • Immediate Past Chairperson: Geoffrey Harlow, Wipfli

“As we work to ensure CPAs are positioned to continue providing valued assurances and insights to clients and companies for generations to come, I am honored to have this team of strategic business advisors guiding our organization during this time of unprecedented change,” says Todd Shapiro, Illinois CPA Society president and CEO.

Maryland CPAs Share Pandemic Concerns in Virtual Town Hall

More than 400 CPAs attending a recent virtual town hall sponsored by the Maryland Association of CPAs (MACPA) expressed concerns ranging from counseling clients and understanding new laws and regulations to balancing the bottom line and helping their teams feel safe, productive and connected in the sudden shift to remote work amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

The virtual meeting and professional issues update on March 30 took the place of MAPCA’s usual in-person spring events.

In addition to several common business-related challenges, attendees expressed concerns about issues impacting the country as a whole, including uncertainty about what will happen next, keeping those closest to us safe and healthy, work-life balance in an all-remote environment and questions about how long this will last.

By the numbers, some of their biggest concerns included the following:

  • A potential recession – 72%
  • The financial impact on their organizations – 59%
  • The impact on their workforces and a potential reduction in productivity – 45%
  • A decrease in consumer and business confidence – 39%
  • A lack of information with which to make good decisions or to help their clients – 44%

In addition, 65% of those polled expect a slight, moderate or significant decrease in revenue and profitability as a result of the crisis, while 25% weren’t sure what to expect.

MACPA has scheduled additional virtual professional issues updates on April 24, May 22 and June 30 to get ongoing pandemic-related feedback from its members.

“Our next challenge is to continue our advocacy efforts and to provide more resources to our members about the federal and state COVID-19 relief resources,” says MACPA president and CEO Tom Hood.

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Virginia CPAs Commit to Advance Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) has joined a coalition aiming to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. More than 750 CEOs have come together for CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™.

Signing on means the society is pledging to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcome. The signatories have already shared more than 700 ideas for actions through CEOAction.com.

“Diversity and inclusion is one of our core organizational values as we strive to foster an environment that respects and reflects a diversity of people, cultures and perspectives,” says Stephanie Peters, VSCPA president and CEO. “The evidence is clear that businesses with diverse talent are far more innovative and achieve greater financial results, and it’s a critical focus for future relevancy of the CPA profession.”

A recent study found that 85% of those surveyed reported that diversity is a key component to fostering innovation. Data from the AICPA shows that minorities represent only 1 in 6 professionals at accounting firms nationwide, yet by 2044, minorities will become the majority of the U.S. population.

The pledge was launched in 2017 and ramped up following an incident in September 2018 when Botham Jean, an African-American associate at PwC, was shot and killed in his Dallas home by an off-duty police officer. PwC was a founding signatory of the pledge.

The AICPA has put together a toolkit (PDF) on how to get started with the pledge.

Abby Dupre Begins Term as Chair of Florida Institute of CPAs

Abby Dupree

Abby Dupree, MP at Carroll and Company of Tallahassee, Fla., is the new chair of the Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA) for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

“Abby is committed to serving the diverse needs of our more than 19,000 members,” says Deborah L. Curry, president/CEO of FICPA. “We’re fortunate to have her at the helm as we work to ensure the FICPA continues offering value to our members and navigates the changes facing our profession.”

Dupree has stated that her major goals are to remain relevant to CPAs at all stages of their careers, especially younger generations, and to help move the organization forward in an increasingly technology-focused profession. “The new CPA is an agile business advisor, assuring business transparency and trust in our high-tech environment,” she said in a recent interview for FICPA’s Florida CPA Today magazine.

“For the FICPA board to recognize that they don’t have all the answers but to continually seek them is a powerful way to move the profession and our organization forward. We have to stay ahead of the curve,” she says.

New Jersey Society of CPAs Moves to New Office

The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) has moved its office to another location in Roseland, at 105 Eisenhower Parkway, Suite 300.

The move provides a larger and more technologically advanced educational learning center for continuing professional education classes, streaming capabilities for meetings, webinars and seminars, and a more modern facility for networking and social gatherings.

“We welcome all of our members and nonmembers alike to come visit our new location, take a class, meet some colleagues and engage with our staff,” says Ralph Albert Thomas, CEO and executive director, NJCPA. To see photos of the new location, visit njcpa.org/move.

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New Jersey Society of CPAs Names Deloitte’s Kyle Sell President

Kyle Sell

The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) has named Kyle Sell, audit and assurance partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP in Parsippany, N.J., president for the 2019/2020 term.

Since joining the NJCPA in 2004, Sell has served on numerous committees and interest groups. From interviewing NJCPA scholarship candidates interested in the accounting profession to teaching at his alma mater, Lafayette College, he knows first-hand how to inform the next generation about the benefits of becoming a CPA. As president, he will focus on engaging more young professionals as well as work to ensure the accounting field remains open and diverse to all.

“Taking on the role of president seems to be a natural fit for Kyle, whose dedication to the next generation and to furthering the profession are truly commendable,” says Ralph Albert Thomas, executive director at the NJCPA. He succeeds Sarah Krom, MP of SKC & Co. CPAs, in Boonton Township, N.J., who served as president for the 2018/2019 year.

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Tom Hilton Inducted as 2019-2020 MOCPA Chair

Thomas Hilton

Thomas Hilton

Thomas Hilton, partner in the forensic and litigation services group at St. Louis-based Anders CPAs + Advisors (FY17 net revenue of $31.8 million), was sworn in as 2019-2020 chair for the Missouri Society of CPAs (MOCPA) at the 2019 MOCPA Annual Members Convention.

Hilton has been an active member of the MOCPA throughout his career. Most recently, he has held leadership positions in the organization as a member of the board of directors from 2015-2017 and chair of the Educational Foundation board of directors from 2015-2018.

Hilton has deep experience in fraud and forensic investigations, white collar crime investigations and the development and implementation of entity-level fraud risk management programs. He testifies frequently in large commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels.

He is also a frequent presenter at fraud and forensic conferences nationwide, author of articles in professional publications, and serves as an adjunct professor of forensic accounting at the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University.

ICPAS Honors 2019 Women To Watch

The Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS) announced that more than 350 professionals recently attended its Women’s Leadership Forum in Chicago, May 10, which focused on the theme “Power Up.”

Keynote speaker Kim Simios, EY Chicago OMP, discussed “how attendees can power up by projecting confidence authentically, owning their careers, widening their networks, evaluating their communications, and realizing their purpose in order to reach the next level of performance,” ICPAS reported.

At the event, the ICPAS honored the 2019 Women to Watch Award winners. Receiving the Experienced Leader Award were: Rebekuh Eley, senior manager at Chicago-based RSM US (FY17 net revenue of $2.1 billion), and Kristen Fitzpatrick, managing principal at Miller Cooper & Co., which has offices in Chicago and Deerfield, Ill. Receiving the Emerging Leader Award were: Julia Haried, an audit and assurance professional at Deloitte and co-founder of MakerGirl, and Charlene Rhinehart, managing director of CEO Unlimited, a consulting firm that provides accounting and business development services, and founder and editor-in-chief of Wealthy Women Daily.

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Neil Keller Named 2019-2020 WICPA Chair

Naperville, Ill.-based Sikich (FY18 net revenue of $168.7 million) announced that Neil Keller, PIC of tax services, is the new 2019-2020 board chair for the Wisconsin Institute of CPAs (WICPA), which gave him a scholarship as a senior in high school that launched his accounting career.

Neil Keller

“When I got into the career I really admired the past chairs of the WICPA, but I always looked at them and said, ‘That’s never going to be me.’ I just didn’t think I had what it took or had that same passion that they showed,” Keller says in a Sikich video. “Then I found myself on Capitol Hill talking with congressmen about the profession and realized, ‘Man, if that’s not dedication to the profession, if that’s not passion for the profession, I don’t know what is, and that was kind of the trigger for me saying, ‘Yeah I  can be a WICPA chair.’ ”

In his role as board chair, Keller will help the organization fulfill its mission of enhancing professional competency, promoting the value of the profession, advocating on behalf of the profession and building community.

At Sikich, Keller assists clients in choosing an ownership structure and assessing the tax impact when buying or selling a business. Keller “prides himself on listening to and learning about his clients’ needs and goals in order to develop successful strategies,” the firm says.

Janover Partner Elected an Officer of NYSSCPA

Joseph A. Maffia

Joseph A. Maffia

Garden City, N.Y.-based Janover LLC (FY17 net revenue of $30 million) announces that Joseph A. Maffia will be installed as a vice president of the board of directors for the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA). His one-year term begins June 1.

Maffia has practiced public accounting for over 38 years. He serves businesses and individuals across a wide array of industries, including technology and software development, sports, arts and entertainment and charities, foundations and not-for-profits.  At Janover, Maffia serves as co-chair of the quality control committee, having previously served on Janover’s executive committee.

Maffia has served on NYSSCPA committees, is involved in the AICPA and serves on the boards of several nonprofits in New York.

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