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It's hard to believe it's been a year since I first walked
through the doors of the CTCPA as the new executive di-
rector. It's been a fast-paced and engaging year and I can't
thank all of you enough for the warm welcome you have
given me. I've learned so much from all of you in the past
12 months (especially so many new acronyms from PRIMA to UPMIFA to IFRS for
SMEs you accountants sure love your acronyms!).
Most importantly, based on your feedback at CTCPA Regional Meetings and else-
where, we have continued to move forward and evolve as a society and a profes-
sion. Building on a strong foundation, we have ramped up our membership out-
reach and activity as we move forward in a number of areas.
New Area Group Meetings Are Underway
Members have been hard at work planning our area groups so you can connect with
peers in your geographic area. Our Fairfield County Chapter held a successful focus
group this fall and has scheduled its first official meeting for Wednesday, January 24
in Stamford (see details on page 9). The Southeastern Connecticut Chapter most re-
cently held a meeting on the state economy and the state budget featuring speaker
Peter Gioia, vice president and economist for CBIA, in December.
New Specialized Group Meetings Have Begun
We have added several new groups to help you continue to connect with members
who share similar interests and to discuss matters you deal with on a daily basis.
The CFO/Controller Roundtable will hold its first official meeting on Tuesday, Febru-
ary 13 (see details on page 9). The Business and Industry Roundtable will meet at
the end of January, when we'll bring in legislators to discuss the state budget and
economy as well as what might be on the table in the upcoming legislative session.
We're Helping You Navigate Changing Technology
Speaking of technology, it seems there is no greater single factor driving the evolu-
tion of the profession. We've helped our members address this topic at a number
of programs including our wildly successful Cyber Security Conference for CPAs,
developed by the CTCPA Technology Interest Group.
We're also bringing in AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon for this year's
CTCPA Annual Meeting on May 16. I've heard Barry speak many times in the past
year at AICPA Council and other meetings, and I'm thrilled he'll be able to bring his
fascinating insights on cybersecurity, blockchain, artificial intelligence, data analyt-
ics, and more to us right here to our backyard.
We're Continuing Our Evolution in the New Year
We've accomplished so much together in the past year, and we'll continue that mo-
mentum in the new year. Plans include re-energizing our interest groups, expand-
ing our communications on the economy and legislative/regulatory developments,
and delving into our new strategic planning initiative (see more on the page at right).
Please keep your ideas and feedback coming. Here's to continued success in 2018!
Bonnie Stewart, Executive Director
Charitable Giving: The CTCPA
Holiday Drive for Connecticut
Children's Medical Center
You told us you were looking for
ways to give back as a member
of the profession, and you've de-
livered! Thanks to everyone who
participated in our annual holiday
drive this year we collected art
supplies for the Connecticut Chil-
dren's Medical Center ArtReach
program. Pictured above are
folks from Harper & Whitfield who
stopped by the CTCPA office to
drop off their firm's donations.
From the Executive Director
Continuing Our Evolution Together
The Most Wonderful Time
of the Year
From the Employee Benefit Plans
Interest Group Social to the Mingling
& Merriment New and Young Profes-
sionals Holiday Party and more,
Connecticut CPAs know how to ring
in the holidays in style!