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Amy Vetter for Breaking Beliefs recently shared time with CPAFMA Director of Information & Communication, Lauren Fitch, Chief Operating Officer with Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Watch a copy of the interview, here .
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The CPAFMA was honored to present their 2022 Emerging Leader of the Year Award during CONNECTIONS2022 held in late June in Portland, Maine. The recipient of this year's award is an individual who demonstrates a dedication to the CPA firm management profession through strong leadership, teamwork, and integrity, while continually developing their knowledge and experience, necessary in this ever-changing profession. According to this year’s recipient’s managing partner, “she has been awesome to work with at our firm. I don’t know how we could be the firm we are without her. She has become the backbone and the heart and soul of our firm.” This individual is ...
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This annual award is presented by the CPA Firm Management Association and has been awarded to some of North America’s most experienced and respected firm managers since its 1989 inception . It’s a Hall of Fame of sorts, recognizing outstanding and successful careers and firms that have embraced the role of the firm manager with successful results, exceeding expectations. The Firm Manager of the Year Award stands for Achievement, Commitment and Excellence and is awarded to CPA firm managers carrying such titles as firm administrator, director of administration, chief operating officer, chief financial officer, chief executive officer, principal and partner. ...
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EDINA, MN — January 13, 2022 — Abdo , a Minnesota-based public accounting firm providing audit, tax and consulting services for a wide range of governments, organizations and businesses, announces the promotion of its COO, Jana Cinnamon , to the position of partner. She is the first non-CPA partner in the firm’s history. “Jana is an incredible addition to our partner team,” said Steve McDonald, managing partner of Abdo. “She has a great combination of intelligence, caring and business sense that is hard to find in any individual.” McDonald noted that her leadership abilities have shaped the culture of the firm. “Her influence has created an exceptional employee ...
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Shared from the Dayton Business Journal's 2022 Playbook: The U.S. Supreme Court blocked enforcement of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s mandate-or-testing rule for large employers , and many businesses now have a high-stakes decision to make. f In its 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court found the OSHA rule to be an overreach of emergency authority by the federal agency — capping off weeks of legal twists, turns and uncertainty that frustrated many employers. Employment attorneys say it’s good for employers to have clarity on the OSHA rule. Many have been bombarded with questions since plans for the rule were first announced back in September. ...
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The Federal Register will publish within days the Labor Department's rule requiring private businesses with 100 or more employees to vaccinate them or test them weekly, fulfilling an announcement President Joe Biden made in September. The Office of Management and Budget completed its required review of the emergency rule on Monday. "On November 1, the Office of Management and Budget completed its regulatory review of the emergency temporary standard. The Federal Register will publish the emergency temporary standard in the coming days," a Labor Department spokesman said. "The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been working expeditiously to ...
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Montgomery, AL -- Jackson Thornton, a certified public accounting and consulting firm headquartered in Montgomery, AL, is pleased to announce that Alan Alexander, CPA, PAFM has been named Chair of the CPA Firm Management Association (CPAFMA). Alexander, who serves as Jackson Thornton’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), was recently installed as Chair at the CPAFMA’s National Practice Management Conference, held in partnership with the AICPA ENGAGE 2021 event. Founded in 1984, the Association was created to enable accounting firm managers to communicate with one another as well as serve as one representative voice of the profession. Alexander came to Jackson Thornton ...
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Right Networks conducted the 2021 Post-COVID Tax Season survey including participation of CPAFMA members to find out about their experience with tax production and applications through this pandemic year and to understand expectations going forward into a post-COVID world. The survey was completed by 285 firms with 77% of respondents being firm owners and senior management. The majority of respondents were in firms larger than 10 members and a third of the respondents were in multi-office firms. 58% Believe 2021 Better than Last Year: Whether it was the improving economy, comfort with technology, or positive outlook on the beating the COVID crisis, the ...
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The 2022 CPAFMA Firm Manager Compensation Survey is a tool that firms can use to help those in the firm manager role reach their career path goals. This survey was designed as a quick reference tool providing information relative to professionals managing accounting firms such as firm managers, directors of administration and chief operating officers. Each CPAFMA member firm received the survey and the response rate was 20%. The survey addresses gross billings for firms, firm size, compensation and benefits, hours worked, years of practice management experience, firm manager billable hours and location, retirement plans and partner transitions The responses ...
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CPAFMA Founder Passes

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On Saturday, March 19, 2022, Clifford Brownstein of North Potomac, MD passed away peacefully with his wife at his bedside. Cliff was a founding member of the Association for Accounting Administrators (now CPA Firm Management Association). Together with Don Scholl and Gene Cohen, Cliff was responsible for the organization and launching of the Association. These three had the vision which has led to successful practice management for CPA firms throughout North America since 1984. Beloved husband of Torri Schaffer Brownstein; devoted father of Evan (Laura), Kate (Grant), Alex and stepfather to Arielle (DJ) and Eric (Lisa); cherished grandfather of Audrey, Finley, ...
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DURHAM, NC--February 1, 2022-- In an effort to help accounting firms develop ethnically diverse talent, PCPS provided the George Willie Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarship & Internship, connecting PCPS member firms with promising accounting majors of diverse backgrounds. Several firms applied to serve as a cosponsoring firm that will provide an internship during busy season 2023 (January-April) to ethnically diverse students entering the accounting profession. AICPA PCPS has selected ten firms to cosponsor, and will award up to $10,000 per student towards their tuition in exchange for completing an internship with a cosponsoring firm. Four CPAFMA ...
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2022 CPAFMA Technology Survey Findings by Roman H. Kepczyk, CPA.CITP, PAFM The CPA Firm Management Association recently conducted its fourth comprehensive Information Technology survey tailored specifically to member firms with the goal of identifying the applications, products, and processes utilized by peers. The survey was conducted in December 2021 to determine what information technology firms would be utilizing in 2022 and compared to the results from previous surveys where appropriate. This survey further highlighted the unique nature of CPAFMA member firms which tend to be medium and larger-sized firms. 162 CPAFMA members participated, 87% of which ...
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Today, Aprio, LLP , a top business?advisory and CPA firm, announced RSM’s Firm Foundation program will transition to Aprio as a key driver for expanding Aprio’s partnership program with independently owned CPA firms nationwide. On December 1, 2021, Aprio will adopt the Firm Foundation model and aggressively expand it as a national alliance focusing on the firm’s passion for “what’s next.” “Aprio is taking the next step in evolving our partnership program and working with firms across the country to drive their success,” said Richard Kopelman, managing partner and CEO of Aprio, LLP. “We are dedicated to sharing breakthrough knowledge, innovation and growth ...
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On Sept. 9, 2021, President Biden announced, as part of his “Path out of the Pandemic” Action Plan, a forthcoming OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) which will require employers with 100 or more employees (projected to impact over 80 million workers) to mandate all employees be vaccinated or produce a negative COVID-19 test at least once per week prior to being permitted to report to work . Because the rule would be an emergency temporary standard, it will undergo an expedited review process without solicitation or review of public comments before it is issued by the Department of Labor (DOL). This impending ETS (like the earlier ETS OSHA issued for healthcare ...
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During the CPA Firm Management Association's CONNECTIONS2022, held in Portland, Maine on June 21-24, CPAFMA recognized, in-person, the recipient of it's 2021 Firm Manager of the Year Award, Jane Johnson, PAFM, COO and Principal with Grimbleby Coleman CPAs in Modesto, California. This annual award is presented by the CPA Firm Management Association and it has been awarded to some of North America’s most experienced and respected firm managers since its 1989 inception. It’s a Hall of Fame of sorts, recognizing outstanding and successful careers and firms that have embraced the role of the firm manager with successful results. The award exemplifies our mission ...
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One of the top strategic priorities in every firm I have worked with in the past year is the development of their CAAS (Client Accountant and Advisory Services) service capabilities. In addition to identifying niche expertise and segments to deliver targeted future services, these firms are actively learning advisory, facilitation, and marketing skills with a focus on directing their clients towards improving their businesses. Much of each firm’s CAAS practice will be built upon automating the various components of their client’s businesses through the adoption and integration of a business “suite” of applications which is being referred to as the CAAS Technology ...
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The latest Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report pointed out that just under 1.4M people in the US had their identities stolen in 2020, which was double the number of the previous year. Many of these thefts led to the creation of fraudulent driver’s licenses, passports, health insurance cards, and other government identification but most thefts led to financial fraud with a whopping 394,280 ID thefts specifically targeting unemployment benefit fraud in 2020. The unfortunate reality is that Identity theft is expected to significantly increase in 2021, which in turn creates significant havoc on victim’s lives. ”60% of Americans believe that Identity theft is ...
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Take advantage of our exclusive virtual event , “ Exploring New Frontiers: An Evening of Innovative Ideas ” , b y registering for the 2021 CPAFMA National Practice Management Conference in conjunction with ENGAGE. The event will feature NASA engineer for Jet Propulsion Labs, Adam Steltzner, Virgin Group founder and entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson, as the keynote speakers , and will be streamed live on June 8 th from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm . During the session, Steltzner will begin by detail ing Jet Propulsion Lab’s successful landing of the rover “Perseverance” on Mars on February 18, 2021 . The landing ...
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There are 6 NEW MAPCast opportunities to increase your knowledge. The 2021 Technology Series presented by Roman Kepczyk, CPA.CITP, CGMA, PAFM, Director of Firm Technology Strategy, Right Networks available individually, or you can save by registering for the whole series. See links below - Cost per MAPCast $25.00 for CPAFMA Members / $40.00 for Non-Members / Free for PAFMs Choose your MAPCast The entire series can be purchased at a discount for: $100.00 for Members / $225.00 for Non-Members / Free for PAFMS Register for ENTIRE SERIES
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Are you willing to step forward as a leader in the profession and join the CPAFMA National Board of Directors? Do you know a CPAFMA peer who would be perfect for this important role? The CPAFMA Board of Directors is seeking qualified candidates to be considered for Board service for the 2021-2022 year. If you have a commitment to the organization and to the profession and are willing to invest some time and energy in helping to make a difference, please complete the Association's Nominee Resume and submit it by midnight local time on March 15, 2021 . This application should be completed by the individual who would like to be nominated. IMPORTANT FACTS ...
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