October-November 2013 News

In this Issue:

  • Chapter News

  • Just for Fun

  • CPE

  • TSCPA News

CHAPTER NEWS

Chapter Scholarship Fundraising Luncheon – October 17th, 2013

Each year our chapter awards four scholarships to students who will be attending institutions of higher education.  Two of these scholarships go to students at Texas A&M University, and we award two more to dependents of BVTSCPA chapter members.

THANK YOU to our Sponsors:

Anco Insurance
Amy Restivo, CPA
Archway Advisory Services, LLC
Brewer, Eyeington, Patout & Co. LLP
Citibank, N.A.
City Bank Texas

Ed Slovacek, CPA, PLLC
Ingram Wallis & Co, Inc.
Kay Perrone & Associates, P.C.
Seidel Schroeder & Company
Thompson, Derrig & Craig, P.C.
Tracy B. Stewart, CPA, CFP


It isn’t too late to join us for the 2013 scholarship fundraising luncheon on October 17th at at Outback Steakhouse in College Station.  Tickets are $20 per person and available from any board member or Linda Johnson.  This come-and-go meal is available from 11:30-1:30, but please plan to arrive no later than 1:00 to allow time for your meal.  The menu includes your choice of steak or chicken with sides, salad, drink, and dessert.  Takeout meals are available.  Contact Linda Johnson for your ticket today — Linda@bvcpa.org or 979-690-5776.

Meet a Member

Duane Muehlbrad, BVCPA CPE Chair

Duane is a graduate from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Accounting and MS in Finance in May 2002. He became a CPA in 2003 and is an audit partner with Seidel, Schroeder & Company where he has worked since January 2002.

Duane joined the Chapter Board in 2010 as the CPE Chair and has served in that role since. He is also an active member of the College Station Noon Lions Club.

Duane and his wife, Stacy have two children, Avery (5) and Owen (3). During his free time he enjoys Texas A&M, Houston Texans football and spending time at the park with his family.

Woody Thompson Selected to BISD Hall of Honor

Congratulations to Woody Thompson, of Thompson, Derrig & Craig, P.C., on his election to the Bryan ISD Hall of Honor.  Woody graduated from Texas A&M University in 1973; became certified in 1975, and worked on the audit staff for Arthur Young & Co. (now Ernst & Young) in Dallas before becoming a shareholder of Thompson, Derrig & Craig, P.C.  In 1985, Woody received certification as a Certified Financial Planner.  Woody oversees all the firms audits and reviews, but also has a strong background in tax and accounting services.  Woody has served as a member of the Professional Ethics Committee of the Texas Society of CPA’s., member of the Practitioner Liaison Committee for the Austin District of the IRS, president and other board positions of the Brazos Valley, and Chairman of Deacons, Chairman of Finance Committee, and other positions of service with Central Baptist Church of Bryan. Woody is married to Melody and has two daughters — Lorian and Tamara.

Volunteer Opportunities

Youth Career Fair
Wednesday, October 23rd
9:00-11:45 a.m. and 12:15-2:30 p.m. (volunteers needed for 1 to 2 hour time slots)Brazos County Expo Complex, 5827 Leonard Road, Bryan

To schedule your time, contact Diana Wagner DWagner@ingram-wallis.com or Linda Johnson Linda@bvcpa.org or 979-690-5776.

18th Annual Food for Families Food Drive
Wednesday, December 11th       4:00-5:00 p.m.
Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan
If you’d like to help, contact Linda Johnson Linda@bvcpa.org.

Mark Your Calendar

Annual Holiday Luncheon Tuesday, December 10th     11:30-1:30 Astin Mansion, 506 W 26th Street, Bryan
Cost will be $30 for members and $40 for guests.  Watch for your invitation in the mail.

Texas A&M Faculty & Staff Meeting Recap
The newly-formed Brazos Valley CPA Texas A&M Faculty & Staff Network held its first quarterly meeting on August 13, 2013.  Fifteen members were in attendance, and feedback was overwhelmingly-positive.  Chapter President Rodney Horrell, Texas A&M, provided a Chapter Update to the group, outlined the purpose of this initiative, and fielded questions from attendees.  The group will next meet in November.  The Chapter established this professional networking mechanism for BVCPA members who are currently employed within the Texas A&M System or affiliated organizations.  The network’s purpose is to allow its members to connect as colleagues and professionals.  This endeavor is part of a larger emphasis by the Chapter to meet the needs of its members in Business & Industry.  If you would like to be a part of the BVCPA Texas A&M Faculty & Staff Network and have not received communications on this initiative, please contact Chapter President Rodney Horrell at rhorrell@tamu.edu or 979-845-6707.

Job Opportunity

Seidel, Schroeder & Company currently has openings in its College Station office in the following departments: Audit, Bookkeeping and Tax. If interested please forward resume to bmasser@ssccpa.com.

JUST FOR FUN

A man piloting a hot air balloon discovers that he has wandered off course and is hopelessly lost. He descends to a lower altitude and locates a man on the ground. He lowers the balloon further and shouts, “Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?”

The man below says, “Yes, you are in a hot air balloon, about thirty feet above this field.”

“You must be an accountant,” says the balloonist.

“Yes I am” replies the man. “And how did you know that”

“Well” says the balloonist, “what you tell me is technically correct, but of no use to anyone.”

The man below says, “You must be a manager.”

“Well, yes I am” replies the balloonist, “how did you know?”

“Well”, says the accountant, “you don’t know where you are, or where you’re going, but you expect my immediate help. You’re in the same position you were before we met, but now it’s my fault.”

Other Local CPE

Invitation from the Brazos Valley Chapter of Institute of Internal Auditors (BVIIA)
16 hours of CPE available Oct. 17-18, 2013.
See details at http://www.eventsbot.com/events/eb564813819
 

TSCPA — ACPEN Satellite Broadcasts
November 13, 2013                   Basic Tax Considerations for Individuals
December 11, 2013                   Annual Tax Update

Register at TSCPA.org or call 800-428-0272
To be an Onsite Coordinator and receive a refund for 50% of the $235 course fee,  contact Linda Johnson at    979-690-5776 or Linda@bvcpa.org. Duties include taking care of a sign-in sheet, giving out the handouts, collecting evaluation forms, handing out certificates, and mailing evaluations to TSCPA.

  TSCPA NEWS

Follow TSCPA on Twitter TSCPA wants to communicate with you in 140 characters or less. Follow @TXCPAS (http://twitter.com/#!/TXCPAS), TSCPA’s main Twitter handle, for general updates and profession news and information. Also follow TSCPA’s student/candidate specific handle, TXCPA2B (http://twitter.com/TXCPA2B) for news relevant to accounting students and candidates.  Tweet with us as we keep tabs on upcoming events, conferences, meetings and special occasions.

Student Bloggers
A new group of student bloggers is sharing their insights and experiences as they pursue the CPA credential. Learn what’s on their minds by visiting TSCPA’s student blog at www.txcpa2b.com.
In addition to recent postings, there are links to tweets, articles and online resources for students studying accounting, as well as those considering this in-demand profession. For your convenience, you can subscribe to get notifications of new posts.
Business and Industry Center on the website
The Business and Industry Center on TSCPA’s website was designed for CPAs who work in business, industry and government. The B&I Center offers resources to help you keep current on professional news and stay in contact with other CPAs. On the site, there are specialized neighborhoods for Manufacturing, Service Industry, Internal Auditors, CFOs, Healthcare, Energy, Nonprofit, Education, and Government. You’ll also find social networking opportunities, member profiles, a link to join the B&I LinkedIn group, and much more.
Visit the center
Research resources
Join the B&I LinkedIn group

Build Your Network
You can build a network of other CPAs from around the state by serving on a TSCPA committee. Dec. 7 is the deadline to volunteer for the 2014-2015 service year. Study the list of available committees in the members-only Volunteer community https://www.tscpa.org/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?webcode=COMvolIndex, accessible through the Resources section of the TSCPA website (tscpa.org). Then click the Volunteer Today link to sign up.

Financial Literacy
Do you enjoy speaking about personal finance and small business topics? If so, sign up for TSCPA’s speakers bureau. TSCPA is looking for CPAs to speak at community and civic programs and to the media. There are talking points, speeches and PowerPoint presentations to make each speaking opportunity as easy as possible. The speakers bureau is one way for CPAs to become involved in TSCPA’s ongoing Financial Literacy effort. To volunteer, e-mail Avery Elander aroth@tscpa.net; phone 800-428-0272 ext. 688 or 972-687-8688.

Visit the Industry Issues Blog
Be sure to read TSCPA’s B&I blog, Industry Issues, written by TSCPA member Bill Schneider, CPA-Dallas. Each week, Schneider, a member of TSCPA’s Business & Industry committee and recently the AICPA Board of Directors, shares his thoughts on critical issues and opportunities facing the profession.
Stop by www.industry-issues.com and read what Bill has to say about topics like the future of education in the profession, globalization and accounting standards. While there, sign up to follow Industry Issues and receive notifications of new posts by email. In addition, you’ll find the TSCPA Twitter feed and how to find TSCPA on Facebook. We hope you’re taking advantage of the many valuable resources available to you as a member, including connecting with other business and industry members through networking.
Also, be sure to check out other online resources via the Business and Industry Center at tscpa.org, where TSCPA connects members to news, information and research help. The Business & Industry Center provides specialized neighborhoods – CFOs, Manufacturing, Service Industry, Internal Auditors, Healthcare, Energy, Nonprofit, Education, and Government – plus member profiles and much more.