Industry professionals find resources through RISCPA

Reaching out to finance professionals working in industry has long been a priority for RISCPA. It is an effort greatly appreciated by those who manage accountants and oversee financial operations at manufacturing companies, high-tech firms, health care entities and businesses over a wide array of disciplines.

Just ask Karen Delisle. 

Delisle is Assistant Corporate Controller at Teknor Apex Company, the Pawtucket-based plastics compounding manufacturer with operations in Europe and Asia, as well as the U.S. Delisle directly manages a staff of seven accountants and serves as a resource for accountants working at the company’s foreign subsidiaries. For Delisle, keeping up with the ever changing rules and regulations of accounting practices is not a superfluous function of her work, but rather, an essential component of her job.
“I need to be technically proficient in matters of U.S. GAAP and accounting frameworks used in other countries for statutory reporting,” she said. “I interact extensively with our various audit firms and management teams. Our culture is highly collaborative and I spend significant time in activities that are designed to develop well rounded accountants.”
To that end, Delisle has taken courses through RISCPA for years. This year, she joined the Society as a Professional Affiliated Member (PAM).  Delisle has found the affiliation ideal for she and her staff to remain current on GAAP and best practices, as well as a way to tap into different networking opportunities.

“The Society acknowledges that many of its members work in industry and has broadened its course offerings to meet the needs of this subset of its membership,” said Delisle. “I work for two CPAs and they have a lot of confidence in the quality and comprehensiveness of the courses offered.”

RISCPA’s networking opportunities  Delisle into accounting circles and exposed her to people and practices that have become tools she can use at Teknor Apex.  
“We strive to achieve an environment that is nurturing and retains the best talent,” said Delisle. “One of the ways we do this is to get people involved in significant projects such as purchase accounting and systems implementations quite early in their careers. For us, RISCPA is a primary source of continuing education in technical matters that are relevant to our business.”