July-August 2014 News

CPA News July/August 2014


In this Issue:


  • Chapter News
  • TSCPA News




New Chapter Executive Director

It is with great pleasure that your board announces Amber Bass, CPA as our Chapter’s new Executive Director effective June 1st. Amber assumes the role after having served as a board member herself since 2008 in many roles including secretary, treasurer, and membership chair. Amber graduated from TexasA&MUniversity with a BBA in accounting in May 1999. After entering the work force, she later received her CPA license in January 2006. Amber has worked for Greater Texas Foundation since 2001 in all of its many forms where she currently serves as controller.Amber is married to Doug Bass and lives on their ranch in Brenham with their 3 daughters Hannah (9), Kacey (7), and Presley (2). Please join us in welcoming her.


Chapter Recognized for 2nd Consecutive Year as “Outstanding Small Chapter”; Also Recognized for Strong PAC Participation

The Brazos Valley Chapter has once again been named the Texas Society of CPA’s “Outstanding Small Chapter,” this time for the recently completed period of 2013-14.  This marks only the fourth time since the award’s creation in 1965 that a chapter has won this distinction in consecutive years, with the last being a 4-year period from 1999-2003 during which our chapter won the award 4 consecutive years.


The Chapter was recognized as the state’s most outstanding small chapter as a result of successful efforts made to increase membership and Political Action Committee (PAC) participation, among other initiatives.  The chapter experienced a 3.9% growth in membership this past year, making it the fourth-fastest growing chapter in the state.  Membership gains were highest for student members (38.4% growth) and among CPA’s working within the Texas A&M University System (12.1% growth).  Notably, membership initiatives were implemented during the year to enhance outreach to these two groups.  The Brazos Valley Chapter was also honored as the chapter with the highest participation rate increase in its PAC.  The Chapter’s PAC participation rate rose from 13.8% in the prior year to 23.4% this past year.  The past year’s participation rate was 4 times higher than the state average, and nearly twice as high as any other chapter.


The Brazos Valley Chapter was chosen as the Most Outstanding Small Chapter from a pool that included the Abilene, Corpus Christi, Rio GrandeValley, San Angelo, Southeast Texas, Texarkana, Victoria, and Wichita Falls chapters.  With this latest honor, our Chapter has now won the “Most Outstanding Small Chapter” distinction 10 times since its founding in 1975.  The Rio GrandeValley and San Angelo chapters are tied for second over this span, with 6 awards each (for a list of past winners, please visit https://www.tscpa.org/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Webcode=ABToutstandingChapter).


Thank you to the 2013-2014 Board and PAC Chairman Jim Ingram for their outstanding contributions and leadership this past year.  Be on the look-out for a write-up featuring our Chapter in a future edition of “Today’s CPA” magazine.


Rodney Horrell, CPA Named TSCPA Rising Star

Each year TSCPA’s Rising Stars Program recognizes CPA members 40 years old and younger who have demonstrated exemplary leadership skills and active involvement in TSCPA, the accounting profession and/or their communities. For 2014, TSCPA selected Rodney Horrell, our Chapter’s immediate past president, as one of its top 20 up and comers. Please congratulate Rodney for this special recognition the next time you see him.


TSCPA Membership Dues Date Change – August 31st Drop Date

Please remember that TSCPA changed the timing of its process to drop members who do not renew. A drop letter will be sent with an invoice on or before August 1. Those who do not pay by August 31 will be dropped for nonpayment and will lose access to all member benefits. (There is no change to the date that dues are payable, which is June 1, as stated in TSCPA Bylaws.) Our chapter will do its part to make personal contact with each possible member and encourage them to renew. TSCPA will continue to send dues invoices to the dropped individuals, as we do now, and will clearly communicate the drop date in all billings and other member communications.


Chapter Scholarship Winners Announced

The Chapter recently awarded two $1,500 Texas A&M Scholarships and two $1,000 Chapter Member Dependent Scholarships.  These scholarships are awarded to individuals who meet pre-determined criteria and will be attending institutions of higher education.  The Texas A&M Scholarship recipients were Alejandra Castrejon and Jeffrey Talliaferro.  The Chapter Member Dependent Scholarship recipients were Katherine Kimball (daughter of member Kenneth Kimball), and Kinsey Craig (daughter of members Ronnie and Gay Craig).  In addition to receiving the aforementioned scholarship funding, these individuals also receive free student Chapter membership.


Please consider a donation to support the Chapter’s scholarship fund. This donation can be added to your annual dues with your TSCPA member renewal, or visit TSCPA’s website at www.tscpa.org and click on “Add Donation” after logging in. Thank you for your support.


Job Posting – Accountant

Local B/CS CPA firm looking for accountants:  2-5+ year’s public accounting experience preferred.  CPA a plus.  We provide a great work environment with limited overtime.  Please email your resume to Ronnie@tdccpa.com or mail to Ronnie Craig, c/o Thompson, Derrig & Craig, P.C., 4500 Carter Creek Parkway, Suite 201, Bryan, TX77802.


Job Posting – Senior Accountant

The Adam Corporation is seeking a senior accountant to join its team in B/CS. This position reports to the controller. Please visit http://bvcpa.org/job-opportunities/ for a more complete job description. Please contact Bob Richers at richers@adamcorporation.com for more information.


TSCPA Annual Meeting Recap

The Texas Society of CPAs (TSCPA) recently held its 2014-2015 Annual Board meeting in Santa Fe, NM.  Chapter members Sandy Brown, Toni McBee Joyner, Lyn Kuciemba, James Larkin, Rodney Horrell and Jennifer Mabe were in attendance.  Sessions included an executive board meeting, new board member orientation, awards luncheon (at which 50-year members and other awardees were recognized including Past President Rodney Horrell as a Rising Star), the annual meeting, and a CPA PAC reception.  During the meeting, the TSCPA 2013-2014 financial statements and 2014-2015 budgets were presented and approved.  In addition, AICPA Vice Chair Tommye Barrie provided an overview on the landscape of the profession.  Mrs. Barrie pointed out the high satisfaction and confidence in CPA performance with high ratings from business decision makers and investors.  She highlighted the CPA credential as the most desired credential by employers and noted that accountants are among the top 5 “in demand” professions for 2014.  She also discussed the regulatory environment, firm issues, technology and the need to develop future CPA’s.


Not only was the BrazosValley well-represented by attendees, but the work you’ve helped us accomplish this past year did not go unnoticed.  The BrazosValley was recognized for the second consecutive year as the “Outstanding Small Chapter” and also recognized as the chapter with the highest participation rate increase in PAC members.  Thank you for helping us serve as a model for others statewide.  We had 60 of our 256 members (23.4%) participating which was 9.8% higher than the next closest chapter.   I would like to personally encourage everyone to consider visiting https://secure.tscpa.org/cpapac/donate.asp and making a PAC donation so that our voice can be heard in the upcoming legislative session.  Every donation is welcome, from the smallest to those more significant.


For more on the Annual Board meeting, please visit https://www.tscpa.org/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?webcode=ABT2012summary





TSCPA Leadership Nominations for Year 2015-2016

The Nominations Committee needs input for key leadership positions. TSCPA members can submit suggestions for next year’s Executive Board, directors-at-large (Board of Directors), Nominations Committee, and Texas members for the American Institute of CPAs Council. The deadline for sending nominations is Aug. 1.


Online Nomination Form:  https://secure.tscpa.org/executive/nominations/201516.asp(requires member log-in). The form is also available in the July/August issue of Today’s CPA magazine.


Accounting Career Education (ACE)

TSCPA would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped out with TSCPA’s Accounting Careers Education (ACE) program for the 2013-14 year.  ACE volunteer members donated their time to travel to schools across the state and deliver presentations to students, host workshops and seminars for teachers and counselors, and provide speakers to university and college business and accounting programs.  Thank you again for volunteering and promoting TSCPA and the CPA profession.


It’s never too early to start preparing our ACE program for 2014-2015. School solicitations will begin in the fall.


For more information about the program, contact Donna Fritz (phone 800-428-0272 x 201 / 972-687-8501).  E-mail Donna Fritz.


Tell a Student About Membership

If you know a business major who is not yet a TSCPA student member, send him or her to the Student section of the TSCPA website at https://www.tscpa.org/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?webcode=Student. Students who join now will enjoy membership until next May 31, for only $35. Benefits include a $300 discount off Becker CPA exam review courses and other CPA exam review discounts, listing TSCPA membership on their resumes, unrestricted access to the Members Only section of tscpa.org, connecting through Facebook, and more.


Four $250 tuition/book reimbursements, provided by the Accounting Education Foundation, will be awarded through a random drawing in October. To be eligible, students must be valid student members (renewed by Sept. 30), majoring in accounting.


Your Secret is Safe

“I think I have a problem, but I’m afraid to talk about it. I don’t want people to see me as weak and unable to control my drinking, even though I had a scare last week when I drove home and don’t remember how I got there. Is there someone I can talk to without the world knowing about it?”


Your secret is safe with us. The Accountants Confidential Assistance Network offers assistance. Call us at 866-766-ACAN (2226). We’re here to help.


Help Promote Financial Literacy

TSCPA has added updated resources to ValueYourMoney.org to encourage smart money management and personal financial responsibility. Please promote these values and free resources to your friends and family.   www.valueyourmoney.org


TSCPA Social Media Activities

TSCPA social media outlets (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) are constantly updated to keep members and the public aware of news, issues and announcements regarding the Society and the profession. Members can like, follow and join TSCPA’s social media pages.