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President’s Memo: Change: Doing the Right Things & Doing Things Right

State Board Report August 2014 On a couple of occasions over the past few years, I have quoted my late grandfather’s “words of wisdom” that have stuck with me through the years. As a blacksmith, craftsman and wood worker, he was truly an artisan with many raw materials that ultimately became valuable tools or beautiful…

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President’s Memo: I’m Pumped

State Board Report July 2014 The month of July is an important one at NASBA: The Regional Meetings are over; we are approaching the end of our fiscal year; and it is a time for reviewing, measuring and evaluating. It is also a time for planning, budgeting and challenging ourselves for the new fiscal year,…

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President’s Memo: Reviving “Uniform” in the UAA

State Board Report June 2014 As many of you may know, my first career was in law enforcement. State laws are often unique to each state. In recent years the disparity of laws regarding gun possession, self-defense and even the use of marijuana have been given extensive press coverage. It is seldom remembered that as…

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President’s Memo: I Am Not a “Turf Guy”

State Board Report May 2014 My predecessor, David Costello, and I used to compare stories and compete as to who was the poorest when we were kids. That debate continues and is often the catalyst for new recollections (sometimes enhanced slightly). The common recurring message is that both of us began our lives in humble…

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President’s Memo: What Have You Done?

State Board Report April 2014 In his inaugural address, NASBA Chair Carlos E. Johnson laid out some recommendations and challenges for strengthening NASBA’s relevance and, more importantly, the relevance of the brand of our Boards of Accountancy. This was not a call for a big budget item or any razzle dazzle, just a sincere effort…

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President’s Memo: They Make it Happen

State Board Report March 2014 I am writing this Memo as I am preparing to attend the 32nd NASBA Annual Conference for Executive Directors and Board Staff, commonly referred to as the “ED Conference.” There was a time I would have been somewhat reluctant to write an article about the importance of our Executive Directors,…

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President’s Memo: Thinking Globally and Acting Locally

State Board Report February 2014 In the September 2004 volume of the Journal of Environment and Development, an article by Thomas Hale and Denise Mauzerall entitled “Thinking Globally and Acting Locally” discussed the issues associated with trying to address international sustainability problems through global actions. While environmentalists, in theory, champion the concept of thinking globally…

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President’s Memo: What Have You Done For Me Lately?

State Board Report January 2014 On January 3 The Tennessean’s headline read: “Munchak Set to Return.” For those who are unfamiliar with Nashville’s professional football team, the Tennessee Titans, “Munchak” is Mike Munchak, the Titan’s head coach. For the last five years (three of which Munchak coached), the Titans’ winning record was somewhat dismal, certainly…

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President’s Memo: The “Trade Association” Slur

State Board Report December 2013 As I was preparing to write this month’s President’s Memo, I was reflecting on the great year we have had at NASBA. It was a record year financially, including the most direct support to State Boards, with many successes in our business operations. We took on challenges, sought after opportunities…

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President’s Memo: My Favorite Time of the Year

State Board Report September 2013 One of the best benefits of living in Middle Tennessee is its long and beautiful fall season. Beginning now and ending in November is what we car enthusiasts call “convertible season.” Not only are there glorious days and cooler temperatures, but the area has a bounty of curving and scenic…

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