PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE


Where has the year gone?

Where has the year gone? I’m sure you’re saying the same thing. Although the weather has been very favorable into November, wintry conditions are on the way. Weather aside, there’s much to discuss about the recent happenings among your Society!

On September 30th, RISCPA held its annual Membership Day at the Providence Marriott Hotel where 150 members attended an excellent program.  Our keynote speaker was RI Speaker of the House, Nicholas Mattiello, who delivered candid commentary and held a Q & A session. Other presenters included Joy Pettirossi-Poland, Principal of Building Bridges and architect of RISCPA’s very successful Sustainability Committee; Jackie Tracy, CPA and past President of RISCPA who introduced the Society’s Women’s Council efforts; Ken Andsager, CPA and Chair of RISCPA; and iMarc representatives who provided a live demonstration of RISCPA’s new and improved website.
The program ended with the Society’s evening Networking Event where a record high of over 400 participants mingled, enjoyed food and cocktails, and made new friends while creating opportunities for business development.
                                  
Leadership Has Its Privileges
At RISCPA, this is certainly the case. Partnering with our strategic collaborator, Atrion Networking Corporation, the Society has introduced its exciting and unique, “Leaders For The 21st Century” workshop. This CPE qualified workshop series launched on October 23rd and received high praise from individuals in and outside of the accounting profession (see comments on www.RISCPA.org). This series centers on motivation and understanding the higher needs of key clients, employees, peers and investors.
 
Small State Big Impact
RISCPA’s Sustainable Value Committee was front and center at Cambridge’s Royal Sonesta Hotel on October 7th.  The New Metrics ‘15 Sustainable Brands Conference – produced with MIT’s Sloan Sustainability Initiative – was a three day program showcasing new approaches to value risk and impact. Along with Joy Pettirossi-Poland, Co-Chair of RISCPA’s Sustainable Value Committee, Paul Herman, new metrics investor champion and noted author and lecturer and myself participated among a distinguished panel.  The discussion focused on the significance of sustainable measurement on a company’s success as well as 401-K valuation. 

I also had the pleasure of attending the Accounting Association of America’s recent academic conference held in Providence.  There, Ms. Pettirosi-Poland, Michael Kraten, CPA, PhD, Professor of Accounting at Providence College and Chair of RISCPA’s Sustainable Value Committee and myself met with the CPA Journal’s Editor-in Chief, Richard Kravitz. Mr. Kravitz is spearheading the creation of a sustainable valuation committee at the New York State Society of CPAs and will be following RISCPA’s successful model.


The New Face of RISCPA
After six months of project development supervised by the Society’s Director of Marketing, Susan Breen, along with excellent assistance from RISCPA staffers, Denise Jacobson and Ellen Decataldo, our Society has launched its new website. Our new and improved site offers members easy navigation and control.

If you have not yet logged in to secure your pin, I encourage your doing so.  Use this link to establish your password: https://www.riscpa.org/account/email-password 

As we’re quickly approaching the holidays, on behalf of the staff and Board, please accept the warmest of greetings for a wonderful Holiday season.


Remember, “There’s never been a better time to be a CPA.”


Bob Mancini