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Much of my first year as CTCPA Executive Director was
spent listening and learning. So many members generously
offered their time and expertise to help me learn about the
accounting profession its many strengths, its challenges,
its needs.
What's New
One need that came through loud and clear was that you were looking for more ways
to come together to get insight and advice from each other, to tackle tough issues
together, to meet face-to-face with people who share your geographic location or
your job title.
We identified six new groups that would serve the needs of many segments of the
membership. Next came the planning members helped us conduct surveys, put
together focus groups and steering committees, visit potential venues, and hold
planning meetings.
And now we've moved on to the best part the doing. Our Southeastern and Fairfield
County chapters have each held two meetings. Our CFO/Controller Roundtable
kicked off with a packed house for a discussion of "lean" and its potential impact on
streamlining processes within accounting and finance departments led by Bonnie
Del Conte and Matin Karbassioon of CONNSTEP.
Our Business and Industry Roundtable was lucky to land a visit from Connecticut
Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth Vice Chair and former State
Representative Pat Widlitz, who shared the issue areas that are likely to be included
in the commission's March 1 report to the governor and the legislature. (I'd like
to point out that, although the Business and Industry Roundtable is designed
specifically to meet the needs of members in business and industry, those members
who support them in public accounting, law, etc. are also welcome to participate.)
What's Stayed the Same
Don't worry even though we've added all these new programs, we're continuing
to do the things we've always done. Our Not-for-Profit Organizations Interest Group,
for example, is as strong as ever. That group took advantage of our close proximity
to the Financial Accounting Standards Board in Norwalk and invited Assistant
Director Nonpublic Entities Jeff Mechanick to speak at its January meeting.
We're continuing with an eye on the future and plan to rework several of our
interest groups in the coming year to bring you increased value and collaboration
I'm excited to see our community grow and evolve as more and more members
become engaged. Please help us continue to move forward check out our groups
at or on page 8 of this issue. I'm sure you'll find one that
would be of value for you. And if you don't, please reach out. We're always looking
for our next great idea!
Bonnie Stewart, Executive Director
Inaugural CFO/Controller
Roundtable Meeting
Our new CFO/Controller Round-
table is a group exclusively for
company CFOs and controllers
to meet to discuss issues, share
ideas, and hear from experts. Pic-
tured above are (from left) group
Chair Brad Hillman, Bonnie, and
CTCPA President Brad Kronstat.
Fairfield County Chapter
Our first official Fairfield County
chapter meeting, held at the
Stamford Sheraton, featured a
discussion of the latest cybersecurity
attack tactics led by Thomas
DeMayo of PKF O'Connor Davies.
Not-for-Profit Organizations
Interest Group FASB Update
It was a packed house for the
Not-for-Profit Organizations Interest
Group's recent update from Jeff
Mechanick of the FASB. See
page 8 for details on the group's
next meeting.
From the Executive Director
From Planning to Fruition,
Our Community Is Growing