Tag Archives: President’s Memo

President’s Memo: Re-Thinking the Future

SHARE: If there has been a common theme to most of the conversations I have had across the country this year, it is a recognition that while change is inevitable, there has been a significant amplification (or at least an enhanced recognition) of change over the past couple of years. NASBA, like any other association…

President’s Memo: Time to Unwind

SHARE: By being married to a former professor and PhD, I am often corrected when I use a word or phrase inappropriately. Similarly, former President Harry Truman, a fellow Missourian, was often criticized for his misuse of words and language. He once stated that he liked to use “plain language that the folks understand.” I…

President’s Memo: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

SHARE: I cannot adequately describe my disappointment that once again the impact of Coronavirus continues to be a focus of the President’s Memo and in much of my personal and professional daily life. With the tremendous success of the three vaccines in preventing infection and minimizing symptoms in breakthrough cases (the ‘good’), one would think…

President’s Memo: Groundhog Day

SHARE: I am sure that many of you have had the opportunity to watch the 1993 movie, Groundhog Day. For those who haven’t, the movie portrays a cynical television weatherman (Phil Connors), played by Bill Murray, who was assigned to cover the annual February 2nd Groundhog Day celebration in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Somehow, Phil gets caught in a time loop that…

President’s Memo: A Dumpster Fire

SHARE: I am sure that most of you have heard the year 2020 described as a “dumpster fire.” I get it. My heart goes out to the families who have lost loved ones, businesses that have closed for good and individuals who have struggled financially. As CPAs and firms enter the yearly busy season, dealing…

President’s Memo: The New Normal

SHARE: This morning, while stopped at a red light, I noticed a young mother trailed by two very small children walking down the sidewalk. Each was wearing a mask and, while they were close together, they were noticeably distancing themselves from other walkers. It occurred to me that the COVID-19 precautions that we are taking…

President’s Memo: The End is Near

SHARE: No, I am not talking about the apocalypse or the band Primal Fear’s 2016 hit song. I am writing this quarter’s Memo following the NASBA July Board of Directors’ meeting and the fiscal year’s end is near. I don’t think there has ever been a time when I was so looking forward to the…

President’s Memo: I Love NY

SHARE: In late February I landed in New York City to attend several meetings and work in our Manhattan office.   When I arrived in baggage claim, I could not help but notice a large and ominous sign that read: “Health Warning – Know the Signs of Coronavirus.”  While I was fully aware of the impact…

President’s Memo: Challenges and Impact

SHARE: In last month’s President’s Memo, I briefly discussed the coronavirus outbreak in China and the potential impact it might have on NASBA. Now, just one month later, “potential” is no longer even remotely applicable and the virus, COVID-19, is significantly impacting most of what we do. NASBA Chair Laurie J. Tish and I have…

President’s Memo: International Impact on NASBA

SHARE: Living in an increasingly global economy, the daily world news reports present NASBA and the State Boards with several serious challenges and some promising opportunities: The coronavirus outbreak that started in the city of Wuhan, China, has now spread around the globe. After the election of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister and nearly four…