PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE


Weather Forecast

While we’ve certainly been the recipients of favorable weather this autumn, let’s not forget that winter is quickly approaching. If I may go out on a limb, I’m in disagreement with the Farmer’s Almanac prediction of a very cold winter season.  My feeling is that it will be moderate.

Regardless of atmospheric conditions, your favorite CPA Society remains busy due to our many fine members who participate in a number of our programs and events.As always, our Membership Day on October 7th was a great success. We welcomed AICPA Chair, Tommye Barie, as keynote speaker and Colin Kane, Chairman of the RI 195 Link, who provided a thorough time line of what’s been happening at the coveted Providence location.  David Preston of New Harbor Group provided meaningful information relating to crisis management as well as a timely political update prior to the election. The day ended with a presentation from RISCPA Board President, Jim Morrison, on the Society’s current events and John Ayers, with RISCPA Board member’s introduction of the exciting new RISCPA Center for Business Education (CBE). The evening boasted over 330 enthusiastic professionals all thirsty for identifying new business development opportunities. While still early, please mark your calendars for January 22, 2015 as the date of our winter networking program. The event, long recognized as the area’s premier professional networking event, will be held at the Providence OMNI Hotel. The upcoming program is expected to top last year’s roster of 580 attendees.

What’s happening with CPE?

Our CPE courses are off to a quick start with several items worthy of emphasis. If you haven't already browsed RISCPA and New York State Society of CPAs collaborative roster of outstanding online courses, please take a moment to do so by visiting: www.RISCPA.org.  A variety of offerings are available to complement this year's in-person courses.

Other Happenings at RISCPA

Several members of our Board’s Executive Committee recently joined me in Boston for the AICPA National Fall Council Meeting. This year’s meeting was particularly enjoyable as our travel to Beantown was convenient with spring like weather. More than 600 people attended and AICPA President/CEO Barry Melancon’s comprehensive commentary on the profession was very interesting.  We were favored with topics on the evolution of the CPA exam, from the profession’s amendment for the definition of attest, to the future of learning. The program also included informative and entertaining presentations on Big Data and disruptive business opportunities. It was also a great opportunity to see friends and colleagues from all around the accounting world.

Now that a rather long election year is behind us, let’s hope we all can get back to business and work together to help the Ocean State move forward. There’s much to be done and we need to remain involved. After all, we will all benefit from a favorable business climate.

On behalf of our Board and staff, thank you for your membership. It’s our pleasure serving your needs.
Until next time, “there’s never been a better time to be a CPA.”

Bob Mancini