Chapter History

CHAPTER PAST PRESIDENTS

James D. Ingram, III                       1975-76
Larry Gene Pointer                         1976-77
Donald B. Browning                        1977-78
Gary O’Neal                                   1978-79
Clifford W. Williams                        1979-80
Carlton D. Stolle                             1980-81
Tom Wallis                                    1981-82
Judy C. Gilby                                 1982-83
Woody Thompson, Jr.                      1983-84
Ronald G. Spies                              1984-85
Ray Amos                                       1985-86
Judy W. Childs                                1986-87
Roy L. Stutz                                    1987-88
J. Jared Patout                               1988-89
Andrea M. Derrig                            1989–11/90
Linda N. Johnson                            12/90-92
David W. Elbel                                1992-93
April L. Eyeington                            1993-94
Mary Kaye Moore                            1994-95
Dianne A. Savage                           1995-96
James D. Ingram, IV                       1996-97
Ronnie L. Craig                               1997-98
Rick L. Webb                                   1998-99
John T. Reynolds                            1999–00
Zina Harris                                       2000-01
Tracy Stewart                                  2001-03
Toni McBee                                     2003-05
Dillard Leverkuhn                            2005-06
Sandy Brown                                  2006-08
Kay Dobbins                                   2008-09
Joe Dunn                                        2009-10
Lyn Kuciemba                                 2010-12
Rodney Horrell                                2012-14

HISTORY OF THE BRAZOS VALLEY CHAPTER

The Brazos Valley Chapter of Certified Public Accountants became the 19th chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants on March 5, 1975, the first new chapter to be chartered since 1959.  On this date the organizational meeting was held at the Briarcrest Country Club for the purpose of forming a local chapter.  Among those present were Larry Pickens, TSCPA President; Bill Quimby, TSCPA Executive Director; and John Kamp, Houston Chapter President.  On the recommendation of a nominating committee, the following officers were elected unanimously:

President:                                                 James Ingram, III
President-Elect:                                        Phil Ljungdahl
Vice-President:                                         Ed Slovacek
Secretary-Treasurer:                                Clark Diebel
Director:                                                    Jim Wright

Prior to 1975, the Brazos Valley area was part of the Houston Chapter.  Distance and the fact that CPE was not mandatory at that time were factors that affected attendance of Houston Chapter meetings.  In 1975 only a small number of public accounting firms, mostly sole practitioners, existed in the area.  There was minimal participation in the Houston Chapter by members from the Brazos Valley.

The formation of the Brazos Valley Chapter was the culmination of several years’ work on the part of a few people to meet TSCPA requirements for becoming a chapter and develop an interest locally.  The requirement at that time was 15 CPAs, and in 1974-75 that number had been achieved.  The Houston Chapter graciously granted permission to withdraw from that chapter.  After meeting these objectives, the TSCPA was petitioned for chapter status.  This petition was presented and unanimously approved at the TSCPA annual meeting in El Paso.  The newly formed Brazos Valley Chapter of the TSCPA consisted of Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, and Washington counties.  It is important to note that upon receiving chapter status the Brazos Valley Chapter immediately received representation on the State level and has consistently had representation since that time.

History of the area favored the granting of a charter for the Brazos Valley.  Mr. Thomas Leland, Business Department Head at Texas A&M University from 1946-1961, was one of the founders of the Texas Society of CPAs.  There was no executive director of the TSCPA when he was involved, and the home office of the State Society was located in College Station for many years.  The office was manned by professors at TAMU on a voluntary basis.  At the time the chapter was being formed, both TAMU and the College of Business were beginning to grow considerably which gave added interest to the formation of the Brazos Valley Chapter.  Some considerations in the desire to become a chapter were:

1.  to offer support structure/encouragement to those not yet certified,
2.  to offer local educational programs, and
3.   to allow local presentation on the State level.
Throughout the years the Brazos Valley Chapter has had many members involved on the State level as part of the Executive Committee as well as in other areas of interest.

CHARTER MEMBERS OF THE BRAZOS VALLEY CHAPTER

Bill   Atkinson
Lyndel Beene
M. Glen   Brewer
Don Browning
Frank Clark,   Sr.
Clark Diebel
Clarence Downing
Nelson Durst
James D. Ingram, III
Doyle Ledbetter
Phil Ljungdahl
Walter Manning
Bill Milberger
Ed Packenham
Rivers Patout
M. Bookman Peters
Larry Gene Pointer
Ed Slovacek
Tom Wallis
Bob Wood
Jim Wright