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Appointment to AICPA Board a “tremendous honor” for Pirolli

Another chapter in the Rhode Island accounting community’s participation in the AICPA has begun. Bill Pirolli has been appointed to the national association’s Board of Directors. Pirolli is a partner at DiSanto, Priest & Co. concentrating in strategic financial and tax planning. 

 He has also served on the AICPA’s Relations with the Bar Association Committee, where he represented the CPA community at the National Conference of Lawyers and CPAs.  Pirolli is a past chairman of the AICPA’s Private Companies Practice Section Executive Committee and is a past president of the Rhode Island Society of CPA's.


As a Bryant University graduate and resident of Cranston, he called his appointment to the Board of Directors a “tremendous honor”

 
“I have been volunteering on both a state and national level for over 15 years and during that time I have come to appreciate the complexity of the mission of the AICPA in representing a very broad membership,” said Pirolli. “With over 400,000 members working in public accounting, private industries, education and government, the scope and magnitude of the issues are enormous.  In all of my years of service, I have never met anyone at the AICPA who didn't have the best interest of the profession in mind.” 
Pirolli’s appointment continues a history of the smallest state wielding big influence at the AICPA.

   
“Just a few years ago we had three Rhode Island CPAs serving as chairs of senior AICPA committees and numerous other members volunteering at high levels,” said Pirolli. “Add to that the legacy left by our own Ernie Almonte as a past Chairman of the Board and you can see why Barry Melancon, CEO of the AICPA, claims that Rhode Island ‘fights above its weight class’ on a national level.”


Pirolli believes that Rhode Island lends an interesting voice to the national accounting scene, in part due to its size.  After all, it is a state where CPAs play a vital role in the business community and as key advisors to government leaders who shape the state’s economic development initiatives.  
“I think we have an interesting perspective due to our demographics,” he said. “However, I am just one voice of many that need to be represented to maintain effective leadership.”  


 In the AICPA, like RISCPA, Rhode Island’s CPAs and business community have incredible resources.  In fact, the two complement one another, said Pirolli.


“Through its web based resources, conferences and committees, the AICPA provides invaluable tools to help practitioners stay current on technical issues, understand what is happening on a national and international basis in the profession and provides advocacy with the IRS, Congress and numerous other regulatory bodies,” he said. “On a state level, the Rhode Island Society provides similar resources related to more local issues and works hand in hand with the AICPA on broader initiatives.” 


Pirolli sees his mission as a member of the AICPA’s Board of Directors as working to continue elevating the trust and integrity of the accounting profession.  Such a vision benefits all CPAs.  


“How the mission is delivered is always changing and evolving,” said Pirolli. “For many practitioners it may translate into staying well-informed of changes in tax and accounting laws or fighting back over regulation. For others, it may include a different set of demands such as training in firm management or leadership.  While the resources are all there, it is up to the members to unlock their value.” 


On a personal level, Pirolli expects his tenure on the Board of Directors to be a busy three years. He sees it as a way to give back to a profession that has given him so much. It will represent an investment of time – but an investment sure to provide a healthy return.    


“You can’t do this without strong support from your family and your firm and I have great support in both of those areas,” said Pirolli. “There is really nothing in it for me or my firm other than being at the forefront of the profession and bringing that information back to help us be the best firm we can be. It sounds cliché, but I do get back more than I have ever given.”