t our spring/summer regional meetings, we began
to hear some of the same feedback from our
members: you like when we come to you, and
you're looking for more opportunities to learn from other
members about things that affect you, your company, and
We heard you, and we're taking action.
From those initial meetings to the conference calls and focus groups that followed,
we're starting six new groups and councils.
Business and Industry Roundtable:
This peer-to-peer roundtable will discuss
everything from accounting standards and technology to legislative and regulatory
proposals. If it affects your company and/or the accounting profession, we want to
talk about it. We'll bring speakers in occasionally to discuss various issues, but this
Business and Industry Roundtable looks to be a great forum to share ideas and best
practices and brainstorm solutions to common problems.
CFO/Controller Advisory Group:
This advisory group will determine the best
approach for a pilot CFO/Controller Roundtable a group where CFOs and controllers
can share best practices and learn from each other and from experts on key issues
like cash flow, asset management, and how to motivate your financial team.
Fairfield County Chapter:
Meetings will be held on a regular basis in Fairfield
County; a focus group was held in October at the Stamford Sheraton to discuss the
timing and topics of future meetings. (Thanks to our friends at PKF O'Connor Davies
for their help in this initiative.)
Firm Administrators Group:
This community will help these key individuals learn
various tools to help their firms grow and how to best use these tools. This group
will start with an advisory group to determine how to proceed.
Southeastern Connecticut Chapter:
Meetings will be held every other month in
either the Groton or Norwich/New London areas. The first meeting, a free legislative
tax update worth one CPE credit, was held in October at Three Rivers Community
College in Norwich. (Thanks to Mary Manfredi of Electric Boat and Ed Muenzner
and Sarah Stover of Edwin Muenzner, CPA for their help in getting this group off
Small Business Group:
Many of our members work at small companies; even more
of you have small businesses as clients. This group, which kicks off in November, will
start with an advisory group as well.
Are you interested at getting in with one of these groups at the ground floor? Shape
your community just let us know which groups you're interested in learning more
about at www.ctcpas.org/newgroups or reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'd love to have you join us!
From the Executive Director
Explore Our New Groups and Councils
Bonnie Stewart, Executive Director
Advocacy Before the State
Board of Accountancy
Bonnie and Skip Braziel, Vice
President of State Regulatory and
Legislative Affairs for the AICPA,
spoke on firm mobility and CPE
reciprocity at the October State
Board of Accountancy meeting.
Women's Nine-Hole Golf
We had such a great time at this
summer's women's golf clinics,
we decided to kick it up a notch
and have some more fun. We played
nine (or so!) holes of golf with other
women who are just beginning to
learn the game with a few sea-
soned players who came along to
help teach the ropes!
Filling the Pipeline
It's that time of year career fair
time! CTCPA's Tyler Losure (pictured
at left above) and others are visit-
ing campuses across the state to
tell college students about all the
amazing opportunities a career in
accounting can offer.