March-April 2015 News



CPA News April 2015


In this Issue:


  • Chapter News

  • TSCPA News



Thank You to Compass Bank

Over 60 attendees were on hand for Steve Tillinger’s Federal Tax Update on January 28, 2015. Please join us in thanking Compass Bank for sponsoring the event and donating door prizes and goodie bags.


Save These Dates

Brazos Valley Chapter Annual Meeting

When: Tuesday, May 5th at 11:30am-1:30pm

Where: Pebble Creek Country Club


Ethics Course for Texas CPAs

When: Tuesday, May 12th at 1:00-5:00pm

Where: Community Room at The Bank & Trust, Texas Avenue at Villa Maria in Bryan


Mark your calendar for both these dates and check our website for more details.

TSCPA Mid-Year Board Meeting Review

The Texas Society of CPAs (TSCPA) recently held its 2015-2016 Midyear Board meeting in Austin.  Chapter members Sandy Brown, Toni McBee Joyner, Lyn Kuciemba, James Larkin, Rodney Horrell, Amber Bass and Amy Restivo were in attendance.  The Texas House of Representatives and Senate issued proclamations commemorating the 100 year anniversaries of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy and the TSCPA.  After the proclamations, BVCPA representatives visited with staff of our local representatives and that evening, a Legislative Reception was held at the Sheraton. CPA’s from across the state, including those from your local chapter, let our representatives know that we are ready and willing to assist with any issues of importance to our profession during the 84th legislative session.

Due to the proclamations the day before, the Board meeting was compressed into one day.  The meeting included a presentation by Mark Peterson, SVP, Congressional & Political Affairs for the AICPA.  He gave us a Washington Update outlining the political landscape and the importance of AICPA’s presence to protect our profession.  His presentation did not have a positive outlook on Congress and the President working in a cooperative fashion.  TSCPA again recognized Brazos Valley as the chapter with the highest percentage raised compared to our PAC goal.  Thank you for helping us serve as a model for others statewide.  We contributed 105.5% of our goal and were only one of two chapters to exceed 100%.   The legislative session is always a reminder that our representation is vital to protecting our profession.  I would like to personally encourage everyone to consider visiting 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 Midyear Board meeting, please visit

Member Spotlight – Lauren Chapman, Chapter Secretary

Lauren graduated Summa Cum Laude with University Honors from Texas A&M University in 2008, where she earned a B.B.A. in Accounting. In November of 2009, she earned her CPA designation. After graduation, she began her professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Houston as an external auditor in the Private Company Services practice. In 2010, she moved to San Antonio and joined the firm Akin, Doherty, Klein & Feuge, P.C., where she focused primarily on external audits and tax return preparation for nonprofit organizations. In 2013, she moved to Bryan-College Station, where she is employed by Bryan Research & Engineering, Inc. in the accounting department.

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In 2014, Lauren began serving the Brazos Valley Chapter of the TSCPA as Secretary.


Lauren was born and raised in Bryan-College Station. She and her husband, Chris, were married in 2013. They share a love of the accounting profession – Chris also is a CPA, employed as an audit manager at Ingram, Wallis & Co., P.C. Together, they enjoy watching sports (especially the Aggies, Longhorns – Chris’s alma mater, Spurs, and Broncos), being active and spending time with their dog Rylee.


The CPA-PAC is the Texas Society of CPAs’ member-managed, member-driven and member-focused political action committee. This video is a great way to spread the word about what the PAC is, how it works, and why it’s important. Check out the video here, and be sure to share it far and wide. Find out how to protect the CPA designation in Texas.

Chapter Scholarship Application Deadline – April 17, 2015

Each year your chapter awards two $1,500 Texas A&M Scholarships and two $1,000 Chapter Member Dependent Scholarships. The deadline to apply is April 17, 2015. Please visit our website for more details.



CPA Day of Service – May 2nd

You can be part of TSCPA’s first statewide CPA Day of Service on Saturday, May 2. Go here for information about how you can participate:


Members who register with TSCPA by April 24 will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 Amex gift card. Let TSCPA know how you will be participating by registering here:


On May 2, please keep TSCPA in the loop on social media by sharing pictures and video and including the hashtag #TXCPAService.

Nominate a Member for a TSCPA Award

Do you know of a TSCPA member who has exhibited a strong commitment to the accounting profession? Does someone in your chapter make substantial service contributions to your community? Is the next Young CPA of the Year in your hometown?


Consider nominating a member for one of TSCPA’s service awards. Categories include Meritorious Service to the Accounting Profession in Texas, Distinguished Public Service, Honorary Fellow, Outstanding TSCPA Committee Chairman, Young CPA of the Year, and Honorary Member. Get details through the TSCPA website or contact Melinda Bentley (phone 800-428-0272 x 279 or 972-687-8579).


The deadline for nominations is April 30.


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TSCPA Financial Literacy Social Media Outreach Day April 30

Consumers continue to look for ways to become fiscally fit and sustain their personal finances. TSCPA does its share to help promote financial literacy by offering free resources and information on On April 30, TSCPA’s annual Financial Literacy Social Media Outreach Day will leverage the power of social networking to spread the word about ValueYourMoney’s free consumer resources and Texas CPAs’ role in promoting financial literacy.  Don’t forget to follow the new TSCPA ValueYourMoney Facebook and Twitter accounts, and watch for more details in the coming weeks!

Protecting Your Investment

Thanks to TSCPA CPA-PAC donors, you don’t have to list your license number on your business cards.

Thanks to PAC donors, you don’t have to get a law license to give tax advice. Thanks to PAC donors, there is no sales tax on accounting services. All TSCPA members benefit from the hard work and financial support of PAC donors; their contributions are what keep the wolves at bay. If you haven’t given to the PAC, won’t you thank those who have? Or better yet, why not give to the PAC yourself?