After nearly three years of hosting virtual meetings, NASBA resumed its in-person conferences by hosting the 40th Annual Conference for Executive Directors and Board Staff and the 27th Annual Conference for Board of Accountancy Legal Counsel, April 25-27, in Clearwater Beach, FL.

Held concurrently, the conferences serve as an opportunity for state board staff, state society executives and state board legal counsel to gather and discuss emerging topics impacting Boards of Accountancy and the regulation of the accounting profession.

A total of 114 representatives from 37 jurisdictions attended the Executive Directors Conference with an additional 45 attending virtually. The Legal Counsel Conference attracted 35 representatives from 17 jurisdictions and 19 virtual attendees. Keeping the health and safety of staff and stakeholders top of mind, in-person attendance was limited to individuals who have received their COVID-19 vaccination.

New to this year’s Executive Directors Conference agenda was the opportunity for attendees to participate in a session introducing NASBA Products and Services. Additional topics of discussion included Social Media Impact and the Use of the CPA Title, History of 150 Hours and CPA Pipeline and Examination updates.

Legal Counsel Conference goers participated in dialogue on Immediate Temporary Suspensions, Antitrust Law and Professional Regulation, Rethinking Enforcement and Firm Names. Administrative Law Judge, Lynne A. Quimby-Pennock and Assistant Attorney General Rachelle Munson, both of Florida, also shared legal insights during their View from the Bench of an Administrative Law Judge session.

Attendees from both conferences also received an update on the state of NASBA as shared by NASBA Chair W. Michael Fritz and NASBA President and CEO Ken Bishop.

Conference organizers and attendees were pleased with the execution and outcome of both conferences and hope to continue the in-person format moving forward.

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