Sarah Galley, firm administrator with Pohlman & Talmage CPAs in Dayton, Ohio, received the Association for Accounting Administration's (AAA) Achievement, Commitment, Excellence (ACE) Award at its June 2013 National Practice Management Conference in Detroit, Michigan.
During the awards presentation, Dennis Lemieux, AAAPM, outgoing Association for Accounting Administration (AAA) president, noted Galley's skills in professionally managing Pohlman & Talmage's practice, to include high levels of expertise in human resources, IT, marketing, financial operations, and strategic planning of the firm's annual activities.
Galley directly supervises all Pohlman and Talmage administrative staff and functions as the firm's human resources department, from initial intake interviews to conducting semiannual personnel reviews. She also oversees the firm's wellness plan and conducts ongoing analysis of the company's employee benefits plan. She led the firm's IT conversion to Cloud-based platforms and launched its social media program by updating the firm's website, Facebook, and LinkedIn presence, leading to more efficiency and effectiveness in its business development opportunities. Galley was also the prime author of the firm's disaster recovery plan and has taken the lead on the company's video series, a key component of the firm's marketing initiatives.
Sarah Galley said",I feel privileged to be included in the long list of respected recipients of this award. It is an honor to be nominated, but then to actually receive this prestigious award is amazing."
Pohlman & Talmage Managing Partner Doug Talmage detailed Galley's value to the firm. "I view Sarah's role in the firm as one of leadership. In the course of each day, Sarah truly leads from both a partner and employee point of view. She holds all of us accountable for our individual assignments and goals. She really sees the entire operation of the company; that's why she plays such a major role in the annual review and update of our strategic plan."
Talmage again emphasized Galley's importance to the firm by first describing its core values: being committed to excellence, having a genuine interest in clients and employees, being forward thinking, acting professionally, being a team player, having a great attitude, being coachable, and being effective and efficient.
Talmage said Galley not only adheres to these values, but champions them daily. "Sarah lives them and promotes them every day to all of our clients and employees", he noted. "She is a perfect example of who we want our firm to be."
Galley added",I feel blessed to have a career that I feel passionate about and that I work for a firm that provides me with growth and opportunity. I celebrate the fact that my firm and colleagues recognize my achievements. My accomplishments have been made possible because of the support I receive from everyone at Pohlman & Talmage CPAs, Inc., my family, and AAA. "
The ACE Award is the profession's most prestigious honor and has been presented to some of the country's most experienced and respected firm managers since its 1989 inception. Recipients must hold a senior-level administration position for a public accounting firm, with criteria focusing on leadership and the administrator's strategic impact on the firm's profits and growth.
In addition to the honor on a personal and firm level, Galley received a one-year complimentary AAA membership, free attendance at the 2014 AAA National Practice Management Conference in San Diego, and a handsome plaque.
At the conference, AAA continued its emphasis on its recently introduced firm administrator certification program – Accredited Administrator in Accounting Practice Management (AAAPM). Certification for firm administrators enhances the status and acceptance of the position within the industry and creates a significant professional recognition for those managing accounting firms who achieve the AAAPM designation.
AAA is the one representative voice of the profession with 900 members throughout the United States and Canada. Many AAA members put forth a great deal of effort toward educating the public accounting profession about the benefits of hiring professional administrators to manage the business affairs of their respective firms. They have also largely shaped the profession, determined direction for the administrator career path, and have been on the cutting edge of developments in the profession.
Source: July 3, 2013, AAA news release