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Indiana CPA Society Launches Its New Blog: I Was Just Thinkin'

On February 27, the Indiana CPA Society (INCPAS) announced it launched a new blog titled "I was just thinkin'." The goal of the blog is to provide an engaging and collaborative platform that encourages readers to join in a discussion on timely issues and news.

James Doty: New PCAOB chairman works to increase audit enforcement initiatives

To say that James Doty has had a lot on his plate during his first six weeks as chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) would be an understatement.

Conrad Davis: Creating a mentoring climate at CalCPA

Realizing the full benefits and rewards of being a Certified Public Accountant comes when the CPA is involved with the profession and its future, said Conrad Davis, newly appointed chairman of the California Society of CPAs.
Practice Development

Fear factor: Networking is scarier than death

In a New York Times survey of peoples’ greatest fears, death came in third, following walking into a room full of strangers and speaking in public – a fact that makes Andy Lopata's job a bit more difficult.
AccountingWEB Life

Follow three Ps to make the most of events

Conferences, association meetings, trade shows, and other social events can provide excellent opportunities to network with peers, clients, and prospects – and, thereby, develop leads, referrals, and new business.

Exclusive interview: Joanne Barry, executive director of NYSSCPA

The voice of CPAs in New York has just become stronger because of the broadened scope of practice established by the Accountancy Reform Act of 2009, according to Joanne Barry, the newly appointed executive director of the New York State Society of CPAs.
Education & Careers

A Conversation With Todd Goldstein: Employment outlook in accounting and finance

Find out how to make the new tools in hiring and job search work for you.

A Conversation With: Barry Melancon - Intacct and Cloud Computing for AICPA members

AccountingWEB's managing editor, Gail Perry, spoke with AICPA President and CEO, Barry Melancon, at the AICPA Practitioner's Symposium in Las Vegas last month. In this part of the interview, Melancon discussed Cloud Computing, the AICPA's new partnership with Intacct, and the Software as a Service opportunities the AICPA is making available to its members.GP: Regarding Intacct and your relationship - how is that going to affect the AICPA and its membership?

A Conversation With Hadassah Baum: Executive Director of Beta Alpha Psi

Some people let barriers - like glass ceilings - determine their career paths. Then there is Hadassah (Dassie) Baum who meets a hurdle, revs her engine a little higher, and finds a way around. She started college when the country was full of contradictions. Campuses were the scene of riots as well as peace demonstrations, and women's lib was in full bloom, yet career opportunities for women were limited.

A Conversation with Jeff Arnol, managing partner of Kessler Orlean Silver & Company, P.C.

It's no ordinary CPA firm that would send out holiday cards where the partners are depicted as turkeys or sled dogs. But then, nobody ever said the Deerfield, Illinois firm of Kessler Orlean Silver & Company P.C. (KOS) was ordinary. Their Web site says it this way, "It's our exuberant commitment to put you above all else." With clients and staff alike, KOS strives to use a personal touch and a healthy sense of humor.

A Conversation with John Sharbaugh of the Texas Society of CPAs

When you're born in Hershey, Pennsylvania and grow up in a town close enough that you can small the chocolate whenever the wind blows, you just know that the future can only be bright. Of course, John Sharbaugh attributes his successful career in association management more to his education and his penchant for preparation than to having chocolate in his DNA, but a case could be made either way. With a bachelor's degree in international politics and foreign service from Pennsylvania State University, Sharbaugh went on to earn an MBA at the University of Florida.

A Conversation With Jim Abbott Executive Director of NDSCPA

Life at the top edge of the country is good for Jim Abbott and his family. Snowy North Dakota is a big change from sunny Pasadena, California where he graduated from Ambassador College, but while the geography is drastically different, Abbott's career transition has been more natural. He started by working with chambers of commerce in three different communities. Then in 1988, he took over the reins as Executive Director of the North Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants(NDSCPA).

A Conversation with David Cottle: Author of Clients4Life

Accountants need to do a one-eighty if they want greater success. That's the advice of CPA consultant, public speaker, and author, David Cottle. What does he mean by that? Accountants are trained to deal with the past. They look at what is measurable, what is objective... basically they are calculating the success of past efforts. That means they spend a lot of time looking backwards.

IGAF Firms Interview with Jamie Smith of Presser, Lahnen & Edelman

This is one article in a series of interviews with firms that are members of the International Group of Accounting Firms (IGAF).James "Jamie" Smith, at 38, is one of the youngest — if not THE youngest — of the managing partners of all the IGAF firms. Committed to positioning the firm for success, he is also a living example to the younger professionals that their hard work can pay off in a leadership position down the road.

IGAF Firm Interview with Maria Hurd of Belfint, Lyons & Shuman P.A.

Superior accounting, tax and management services... that's what Charles I. Belfint envisioned when he opened his office, 85 years ago. He knew that by applying an interactive and personal approach to dealing with clients, his firm could give clients what they really wanted, and that's just what he did.

IGAF firm interview with Armando Roman of Johnson, Harris & Goff

When Robert Johnson started his firm back in 1976, did he envision having a significant practice among Native American Tribes in the southwest? Maybe not. But he knew business owners in the area needed reliable, insightful information if they were going to make sound decisions. That's why he founded the firm that would later become Johnson, Harris & Goff, PLLC (JHG) in Scottsdale, Arizona.

IGAF Firm Interview with David Donnelly of Gainer, Donnelly & Desroches, LLP

In keeping with the Texas tradition of going big... Gainer, Donnelly & Desroches (GD&D) LLP is Houston's oldest and largest accounting firm. The firm started 60 years ago under a different name and then was bought in the 70s by Sam Gainer. David Donnelly came along in 1983, and Rod Desroches, who is now the managing partner, joined the growing firm in 1985. Today, GD&D employs 150 people and has eight partners, though that will change to eleven after promotions go into effect in January 2009.

IGAF Firms: Interview with Dennis Tepe of Jackson, Rolfes, Spurgeon & Co.

Dennis Tepe, tax partner at Jackson, Rolfes, Spurgeon & Co., (JRS) relishes the opportunity to develop client and professional relationships that he has in the Cincinnati, Ohio firm.

IGAF Firm Interview With Three Members of Watkins, Meegan & Drury

A big company with the culture and feel of a small company... that's not an easy combination to achieve. But that's what attracted some of industry's best accountants and staff to work at Watkins, Meegan, Drury & Company LLC. Founded in 1975, this firm started with three CPAs and has grown to three regional offices with more than 200 professionals. They're one of the largest 11 firms in Washington D.C., yet the principles that the founders brought to the firm more than three decades ago are still there.

IGAF firms interview with Marc Elman, Managing Partner of PSB Boisjoli

This is one article in a series of interviews with firms that are members of the International Group of Accounting Firms (IGAF).PSB Boisjoli LLP's origins as a Montreal, Quebec-based accounting firm trace back to the 1930s. After experiencing annual double digit growth since 2000, the firm completed a merger in early 2008 with Boisjoli Sabbag, another Quebec-based French firm, resulting in the merged entities' further penetration into the francophone market.


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