Tag Archives: President’s Memo

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…

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…

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,…