The Information Technology Alliance (ITA), an independent professional association comprised of most of the nation's top thirty accounting firms, premier technology consultants, and leading technology vendors serving the accounting marketplace, announced on September 27 a new board of directors, including incoming Board Chair Kevin Cumley, President at Forepoint, Inc.; and Vice Chair Annette Balgord, Principal, Affinity NFP. The ITA Board roster also includes John Bowles, CIO, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP; Yvonne Scott, CIO, Crowe Horwath; Peyton Burch, Senior Channel Executive, Intacct; Kelly Hummel, CEO, Axis Integrated Solutions; Shawn Slavin, CPA, VP, CS3 Technologies; and Brian Austin, Director of Accountant & Industry Relations, Avalara.
The new board slate follows the recent appointment of Stan Mork as ITA president. Mork brings nearly thirty years of experience at McGladrey to his new position and is overseeing a resurgence of interest in ITA among twenty- and thirty-something professionals in the accounting and consulting industry. Board Chair Kevin Cumley was instrumental in developing an emerging leader program in 2012 and has recently been appointed chair of the ITA Young Leader committee.
"This is an impressive and well-represented Board of Directors, and one which I feel strongly will guide ITA into an even stronger leadership position within the accounting technology community", said Mork. "While we're actively continuing to develop programs, sub-groups and curriculum targeted squarely at our members currently holding partner or executive-level positions at CPA and technology firms, a key area of focus for this board will be the ongoing development of programs for a fast-growing younger ITA demographic. Up-and-coming professionals at CPA firms, tech consulting firms, and ITA technology vendor firms are noting the benefits of ongoing ITA participation – including professional development, mentorship, networking, and sharing knowledge in a trusted environment – and it's these attributes that are specifically drawing younger members to our meetings. We've created ITA conference tracks and groups for young members and are now seeing the results. Our new board is on firm footing for recognizing where ITA stands today, and the next steps needed to continue this effort to draw young professionals into ITA."
The ITA is an independent, not for profit, professional association of leading CPA firms, consulting firms, and technology vendors whose purpose is to share information and build relationships that improve the way its member firms, and their clients, do business. Because the ITA membership roster consists of some of the most highly regarded mid-market technology professionals, consultants, and product/service providers, ITA often employs its collective influence to act as an authoritative voice for the IT profession. The ITA membership shares the common goal of providing products and/or services to the small and midsized business community. For more information on ITA, go to www.italliance.com.
Source: September 27, 2013, ITA Press Release