FICPA Chair Ken Strauss
The Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) announces that Ken Strauss, CPA/PFS, CFP, RIA, will serve as the FICPA’s 2013-2014 Chair of the Board. Strauss' term began July 1, 2013.
"We enthusiastically welcome Ken to the role of FICPA Chairman," said FICPA President/CEO Deborah Curry, CPA, CGMA. “His passion and service to our organization is evident and a credit to the profession. He has played an important part in the success of our Foundation by increasing awareness and raising scholarship funds for accounting students. His devotion makes him a respected leader among FICPA members.”
"I think it takes someone who has a lot of patience and a love for the profession, and really wants to give back their time," Strauss said. "I’ve encountered obstacles but I’ve never let them get in the way because of my love for the profession and my dedication. I was on my first FICPA committee in 1980. I enjoy what I do, and it gives me a good feeling of giving back and helping lead the profession."
A member of the AICPA governing Council, Strauss is serving his 13th term on the FICPA Board of Governors and is a 17-year member of the FICPA Educational Foundation Board of Trustees. He served on the Formation Committee for the 1040K Run, the Foundation’s first big fundraising event, and his hard work and dedication have been at the heart of the run for 24 years.
Strauss is director of taxation and personal financial strategies for Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants in Fort Lauderdale. Inside Public Accounting has named his firm a Best of Top 50 Firms in America 14 times, and it has been a perennial Accounting Today Top 100 Firm since 1995. The firm also has been recognized by Florida Trend as a Best Company to Work For.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., in the East Rockaway area of Long Island, Strauss received his bachelor’s degree from Boston University in 1975 and his masters in taxation from Florida International University in 1981. He is a personal financial specialist, certified financial planner and registered investment advisor known for his expertise on taxation.
Having lectured extensively, Strauss frequently has been selected as an FICPA Outstanding Discussion leader. A writer, he has been published in professional journals and co-authored the Disaster Area Practice Guide, an AICPA industry guideline. The Tax Advisor voted Strauss' article on "Fiscal Year Non-Conformity" as Best Article of the Year.
Strauss lives in Hollywood with his wife, Mindy. They have two daughters, Michelle and Stephanie.