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Connecticut CPA
November/December 2016
n reflecting upon the time that has transpired since first becoming a
member of the CTCPA and meeting Art Renner, what came to mind
was not one particular event, conversation, or experience that captured what
I wanted to share. Instead, it was the common thread in the collection of
numerous and varied individual experiences, interactions, and observations
that captures what I feel is the very essence of this unique executive.
In a profession that aspires to, holds dear, and is accountable to its standards
and expectations, Art Renner in stellar fashion represented his profession, the
members of the CTCPA, its staff, and without exception, the position he held
during his tenure as executive director.
I have and continue to learn from Art's example, consider myself one of the
many fortunate beneficiaries of his investments in our profession, and thank
him sincerely for his dedication and exemplary professionalism."
Noelle Taddei
, CTCPA Past President,
Associate Professor of Accounting, Post University, Waterbury
can still remember when Art first came to town to
take over the role as executive director. Just about
any of the volunteers I talked to at that point had said `I
hope he's ready. He's got pretty big shoes to fill,' referring
to the longstanding and successful tenure of our previous
executive director.
Well, the best thing we all learned about Art was that
he was never about trying to fill anybody's shoes, nor
was he about doing things the way we had always done
them. Instead, he knew we needed more.
His plan was to look into the future, draw off of his
own experiences, and then work his butt off with the
society's team and volunteer leadership to get us where
we needed to be so that we could play a vital role in
this wonderful profession each and every day.
Now that it's his turn to pass the torch onto someone
else, I hope he knows he can stand tall in front of us
all and say with pride `mission accomplished!' Soon
enough the society will be in the hands of a new executive director. When
that time comes, I hope that person is ready. They'll have pretty big shoes to fill."
John Turgeon
, CTCPA Past President,
Partner, CohnReznick, Hartford
Art and Noelle speak at the Essential
Event following her
installation as 2012-2013 CTCPA pr
Then-Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell
(second from right) attends the CTCPA annual
meeting to present a proclamation
in honor of the society's 100th anniversary
. Pictured
(from left) are Past President Ann Jevne
of Resnick Investment Advisors,
Art, Past
President John Palmeri of John J. Palmeri
Attorney at Law, and Past President
Turgeon of CohnReznick.
After a seven-year
fight, 120/150
requirement to sit
for the CPA Exam
signed into law.
CPA certification
reciprocity bill
signed into law.
2004, 2009, 2015
defeats a
proposed sales
tax on services in
multiple legislative
2003 and 2012
CTCPA bylaws
revised to allow
students and
then non-CPAs
to join the
membership ranks.
Society's leadership
structure reworked
to the more nimble
Board of Directors and
Advisory Council model.