PROFESSIONAL NEWS


PAM Membership Offers Connectivity For Non-CPA Industry Professionals

In an effort to amplify the connectivity and reciprocity that has become a hallmark of the twice-a-year RISCPA networking receptions, the Society recently unveiled the Professional Affiliate Member (PAM) program. Since approved by the board and membership in April of 2015, we now have close to 100 PAM professionals. 

According to Frank Casale, Regional Vice President for TD Bank, “I am proud to be an inaugural Professional Affiliate Member. Being a PAM has provided me the opportunity to deepen my relationship with the Society and leverage the various benefits afforded to members.  We have certainly seen new business development opportunities and we look forward to continuing to be active within the Society”.

PAM is the creation of RISCPA President Bob Mancini. He wanted a means to keep the professionals who attend the networking receptions connected all year round. “Professionals in related service industries such as law and financial services are logical partners for CPAs,” said Bob. “In fact, those involved in the accounting sector are often at the epicenter of an organization, driving decisions and interacting with relevant disciplines of banking, law, insurance, government, etc.”

For an annual fee of $100 per year, PAM members receive invitations and discounts to all the programs, events and learning gatherings hosted and sponsored by the Society. They will soon be able to leverage an affinity program with member discounts for services such as long-term care, professional liability, energy savings, credit cards, telephonic systems and more.  Members often reference the credential on their professional biographies to build reputation and showcase their ties to the CPA industry.

“I joined as an inaugural member with two other attorneys at my firm,” says Adler Pollock & Sheehan’s Daniel Holmander, a registered patent attorney with extensive experience in developing and executing strategies for clients’ intellectual property portfolios. “The main benefit for us is the opportunity to meet and be introduced to an entire segment of professionals that was previously disconnected from legal services.” Dan is active attending the signature networking events and, most recently, taking part in the July 25th golf tournament.

To solidify the Society’s commitment to its affiliate base, Bob Mancini led the charge to add a PAM member to the RISCPA Board of Directors.  Providence attorney Paul Ragosta joined the 13-member board in May as our first non-CPA. Paul, who is the legal counsel to the Auditor General of Rhode Island, has been a practicing attorney in the state for over 30 years, concentrating his private practice in the areas of civil litigation, real estate law, probate matters and securities/business transactions. He is a graduate of the New England School of Law in Boston and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Suffolk University.

“The AICPA has three non-CPAs on its board so we wanted to model that philosophy. Paul Ragosta brings diversity of thought processes and a different perspective, especially given the constantly changing times in our local marketplace.” 

In conjunction with the Society’s Center for Business Education (CBE), the Society will continue to offer co-branded educational programs and networking events with like-minded professional organizations such as the Rhode Island Bar Association and the Employers Association of the NorthEast. To learn more about our Professional Affiliate Member program, contact Bob Mancini at rmancini@riscpa.org