Tag Archives: President’s Memo

President’s Memo: World’s Premier Accounting Credential = U.S. CPA

State Board Report August 2015 Some of you may have flinched a bit when you read the title of this month’s President’s Memo. For many of us who have been associated with the regulation of the accounting profession for years, any promotion of the profession was considered conflicting — and for a few it bordered…

President’s Memo: I Am Smiling…

State Board Report July 2015 I recently came upon a quote from fellow Missourian, actor and author Gillian Flynn, which read: "I am smiling a big adopted orphan smile as I write this…" It had special meaning to me as I will always remember the smile on my adopted daughter’s face when the judge, a…

President’s Memo: Top 10 Reasons for Attending NASBA Meetings

State Board Report June 2015 By the time you read this Memo, the 2015 NASBA Regional Meetings will be starting (June 17-19 Western and June 24-26 Eastern). From time to time, I have written about my concern that a few states are not able to attend NASBA meetings because of some bureaucratic resistance or outright…

President’s Memo: Audit Quality – A Top State Board Issue?

State Board Report May 2015 In late April, the NASBA Nominating Committee met in Dallas to select a nominee for Vice Chair 2015-2016 of NASBA. The Committee, whose members are elected by each of the NASBA Regions, instituted a new process this year wherein the candidates were interviewed using predetermined questions. When asked to name…

President’s Memo: A Shout-Out for the Public

State Board Report April 2015 Often, the topics for this Memo are the result of current events, developing issues or on-going matters of importance. On occasion, I get recommendations from stakeholders, which I truly appreciate. I recently received an email from a former public member of a northwest Board of Accountancy who remains an important…

President’s Memo: Changing Our International Thinking

State Board Report March 2015 For many years most Boards of Accountancy have recognized non-U.S. accountants using the Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) developed by the NASBA/AICPA International Qualifications Appraisal Board (IQAB). These accountants hold professional designations which IQAB has determined have similar requirements to those for being a licensed CPA, as outlined in the Uniform…

President’s Memo: Balancing the Three-Legged Stool

State Board Report February 2015 About 15 years ago, when I retired from my career in law enforcement and became the director of the Missouri State Board of Accountancy, my predecessor in Missouri, Bill Boston, left me a lengthy letter that outlined his thoughts on the importance of the job. There was a lot of…

President’s Memo: Improving Mr. Bojangles

State Board Report January 2015 Over the last two years, I have written Memos related to my law-enforcement background, President Harry Truman’s quotes, my grandfather’s words of wisdom, and various relevant life experiences. However, I don’t think that I have ever mentioned my early interest in music. Several generations of my family were musicians, including…

President’s Memo: Already December?

State Board Report December 2014 While growing up, I remember hearing from “older folks” about how fast time flew by. That was a difficult concept for me to understand, as it seemed like the school year never ended and birthdays and holidays took forever to arrive. Now I have joined the ranks of those who…

President’s Memo: PLEASE READ!

State Board Report September 2014 Yesterday I was flying home from a NASBA meeting and was lucky enough to get an exit seat on what was among the smallest regional jets I fly on. With my 6’4″ frame, the extra leg-room is always appreciated. Just before take-off, the flight attendant came by to advise me…