25-Year Accounting Veteran Joins NASBA as Chief Operating Officer

NASHVILLE, TN (June 9, 2011) –The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), an association dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of the country’s 55 state boards of accountancy, has today named Colleen K. Conrad, CPA, as its incoming Chief Operating Officer (COO).  She will join NASBA on October 31, 2011, as COO designate and accede to the Executive Vice President and COO role on January 1, 2012. Conrad, a noted lecturer and author of numerous articles in tax and real estate publications, will succeed Ken L. Bishop, who will become President and CEO of NASBA, effective January 1, 2012, following the retirement of current President and CEO, David A. Costello, CPA.

“I am pleased that Colleen has agreed to join our team at NASBA.  She will bring a wealth of accounting expertise and in depth knowledge of Uniform CPA Examination operations, which will be a tremendous asset to our organization.   Colleen’s legislative abilities, accomplishments and grasp of accounting issues – both domestic and international – will be of immediate value to our state boards,” said Ken L. Bishop, current Executive Vice President and COO.

Conrad brings over 25-years of accounting expertise and leadership to NASBA.  As a Partner in RubinBrown LLPs Real Estate Services Group and its Assurance Services and Consulting Departments, Conrad has provided real estate and tax services to clients nationwide.  During her 25-year tenure at RubinBrown, she specialized in federal and state tax incentive programs, historic rehabilitation, low-income housing and other areas.  Her consulting experience includes every aspect of business planning including forecasts, acquisitions and financing.

“Colleen Conrad is a consummate professional, an outstanding business mind and moreover, a very personable individual.  Colleen brings to NASBA the complementary skills and experience needed to continue our pursuit of excellence in meeting our member boards’ expectations and needs.  Through her collaborative management style, she will continue NASBA’s heritage of advancing our business opportunities.  This is a great day for NASBA,” shared David A. Costello, President and CEO.

Conrad served on the Missouri Board of Accountancy from 1997 through 2007, with two terms as chair.  Conrad’s contributions to NASBA date back to 1997 as she has served as a committee member and a featured speaker during NASBA forums. Her committee involvement includes serving as a member of the Strategic Initiatives Committee, Bylaws Committee, Regulatory Response Committee and the Education Committee where she was named to the 150-Hour Task Force.

As a NASBA Annual and Regional Meeting presenter, on several occasions, she has provided insight on various topics related to the Uniform CPA Examination.

A long-time member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Conrad currently serves as a member of the AICPA Council.  In addition, she was a member of the AICPA Board of Examiners for 10 years, serving one term as its chair, and was also a member of the Joint AICPA/NASBA International Examination Task Force.

Conrad, a Kansas native, is a member of the Missouri Society of CPAs and past president and current member of the St. Louis Society of Women CPAs. Among her numerous honors, she was named as an AICPA/Missouri CPA Woman-to-Watch, Experienced Leader, in 2008.

Conrad received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Truman State University in 1985, becoming a licensed CPA in 1987.  She is an active member of the Truman State University Alumni Association and also serves as chair and board member of the University’s Accounting Alumni Board.

Celebrating 103 years of service, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) serves as a forum for the nation’s state boards of accountancy, which administer the Uniform CPA Examination, license over 650,000 certified public accountants and regulate the practice of public accountancy in the United States. NASBA’s mission is to enhance the effectiveness of state boards of accountancy in meeting their regulatory responsibilities. The Association promotes the exchange of information among the accountancy boards, serving the needs of the 55 U.S. jurisdictions. 
NASBA is headquartered in Nashville, TN, with a satellite office in New York City and a Computer Testing Center in Guam. To learn more about NASBA, visit www.nasba.org.

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