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ACCOUNTING CAREERS COMMITTEE
Promotes the variety of career opportunities within the accounting profession to educators and students from grades K through 12, including college initiatives. Plans and conducts student and educator outreach programs
Commitment Level: One meeting and two-to-three conference calls.
Staff Liaison: Angie Brooke
BrookeA@ficpa.org

ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES AND AUDITING STANDARDS COMMITTEE
Studies, reviews and comments on exposure drafts by various professional standard-setting bodies Commitment Level: Five-to-six meetings.
Staff Liaison: Paul Brown
BrownP@ficpa.org

ACCOUNTING SHOW COMMITTEE
Recommends educational tracks, sessions and speakers for the Annual Accounting Show®
Commitment Level: One meeting, one conference call [if needed] and attendance at the show.
Staff Liaison: Diane Major
MajorD@ficpa.org


BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE
Provides Florida CPAs with knowledge about technology and tools available to enhance their practice and assist their clients.
Commitment Level: Conference calls as needed.
Staff Liaisons: Cyrus Yazdanpanah
YazdanpanahC@ficpa.org

CHAPTER OPERATIONS COMMITTEE
Assists chapters in programs, operations and formation and provides FICPA representation. Plans and presents the Chapter Officer’s Leadership Conference.
Commitment Level: One meeting and three-to-four conference calls.
Staff Liaison: Debra Kelly
KellyD@ficpa.org

CIRA COMMITTEE
Plans and presents the FICPA Common Interest Realty Association Conference and assists members in becoming more technically proficient in accounting, tax, consultation and certain
operational matters related to Florida’s CIRA industry by sharing valuable and timely information
Commitment Level: One meeting with several committee and subcommittee conference calls.
Staff Liaisons:
Stephanie Thomas
ThomasS@ficpa.org

Justin Thames
ThamesJ@ficpa.org
Lisa Perry
lisa@meetingcreations.net


CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
Plans and presents a Construction Industry Conference
Commitment Level: One meeting and one conference call.
Staff Liaison: Trevor Maddox
MaddoxT@ficpa.org


CPAS IN INDUSTRY COMMITTEE
Plans and presents the CPAs in Industry Conference and assists members in developing their business acumen, improving their response to business challenges and becoming more technically proficient in accounting and tax matters related to Florida’s industry by sharing valuable and timely information.
Commitment Level: One meeting and two conference calls.
Staff Liaison: Diane Major
MajorD@ficpa.org

EDITORIAL COMMITTEE (FLORIDA CPA TODAY)
Suggests topics and issues affecting Florida’s accounting profession for publication in Florida CPA Todaymagazine. Performs editorial reviews and provides guidance to article authors.
Commitment Level: One meeting, three conference calls and email correspondence.
Staff Liaison: Suellen Wilkins
WilkinsS@ficpa.org

ELDER PLANNING AND SUPPORT SERVICES COMMITTEE
Recommends educational sessions and speakers for FICPA accounting shows and conferences. Writes articles on elder-planning for Florida CPA Today magazine and resource lists.
Commitment Level: One meeting and two conference calls.
Staff Liaison: Brenda Hubbard
HubbardB@ficpa.org

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
Plans and presents the Employee Benefits portion of the Mega CPE Conference.
Commitment Level: One meeting and two conference calls.
Staff Liaison: Trevor Maddox
MaddoxT@ficpa.org

FEDERAL TAXATION COMMITTEE
Attends annual liaison meeting with IRS officials and plans agenda and presentations. Prepares articles forFlorida CPA Today magazine and the FICPA website. Prepares the Legislator’s Tax Guide and monitors federal tax activity.
Commitment Level: Two meetings and occasional conference calls.
Staff Liaison: Mike Holland
HollandM@ficpa.org

FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY ACCOUNTING & TAX CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
Plans and presents the Florida Gulf Coast University Accounting & Tax Conference.
Commitment Level: One meeting and one conference call.
Staff Liaison: Diane Major
MajorD@ficpa.org

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY ACCOUNTING CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
Plans and presents the FICPA spring and fall Florida State University Accounting conferences in alternating years.
Commitment Level: Two meetings and two conference calls.
Staff Liaison: Diane Major
MajorD@ficpa.org

HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
Plans and presents the Health Care Industry Conference. Prepares articles for Florida CPA Todaymagazine and the FICPA website.
Commitment Level: Three meetings and one conference call.
Staff Liaison:
Stephanie Thomas
ThomasS@ficpa.org

Lisa Perry
Lisa@meetingcreations.net

INTERNATIONAL TAXATION COMMITTEE
Plans and presents the International Tax Conference. Prepares articles for Florida CPA Today magazine and the FICPA website. Reviews FICPA-developed CPE manuals related to international taxation for technical accuracy.
Commitment Level: One meeting.
Staff Liaison: Trevor Maddox
MaddoxT@ficpa.org

MANAGEMENT OF AN ACCOUNTING PRACTICE (MAP) COMMITTEE
Facilitates knowledge-sharing specific to Florida and promotes leadership skills among members to manage, market and enhance the value of their business.
Commitment Level: One meeting and three conference calls).
Staff Liaison: Jan Dobson
DobsonJ@ficpa.org

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
Provides input on membership recruitment and retention programs and makes recommendations for new member benefits, preferred savings programs and changes to membership categories Commitment Level: One meeting and three-to-four conference calls.
Staff Liaison: Lynn Hepner
HepnerL@ficpa.or

NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
Plans and presents the Not-for-Profit Organizations Conference. Studies, reviews and comments on accounting, auditing and reporting for not-for-profit organizations.
Commitment Level: One meeting and one conference call.
Staff Liaison: Diane Major
MajorD@ficpa.org

RELATIONS WITH ACCOUNTING EDUCATORS COMMITTEE
Develops and implements programs and activities to support accounting educators with career development, teaching support and interaction with CPA professionals. Provides resources to support student success and foster relations between colleges and universities. Provides a discussion forum for issues such as the CPA exam and the unique needs of academia.
Commitment Level: One meeting and several conference calls.
Staff Liaison: Angie Brooke
BrookeA@ficpa.org

STATE LEGISLATIVE POLICY COMMITTEE
Discusses revisions to Florida Accountancy Laws and Rules; develops proposed legislative policies; coordinates with FICPA committees on potential legislative issues; and reviews pending legislation affecting the CPA profession. Prepares summaries for legislative positions and submits recommendations for the legislative agenda for Executive Committee and Board of Governors consideration.
Commitment Level: One meeting and two conference calls.
Staff Liaisons:
Justin Thames
ThamesJ@ficpa.org

STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE
Plans and presents the State & Local Government Accounting Conference, enhances knowledge and promotes excellence among members interested in state and local government accounting, auditing and other related issues.
Commitment Level: One meeting with several committee and subcommittee conference calls.
Staff Liaisons:
Diane Major
MajorD@ficpa.org


STATE TAX COMMITTEE
Plans and presents the State Tax portion of the Mega CPE Conference and provides state taxation professionals with opportunities for knowledge sharing, professional development and advocacy on Florida-specific tax issues. In November, the committee holds a meeting with the Department of Revenue liaisons in Tallahassee.
Commitment Level: Two meetings and one conference call.
Staff Liaisons:
Trevor Maddox
MaddoxT@ficpa.org


UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA ACCOUNTING CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
Plans and presents the University of Florida Accounting Conference.
Commitment Level: Two meetings.
Staff Liaison: Trevor Maddox
MaddoxT@ficpa.org

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA ACCOUNTING CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
Plans and presents the University of South Florida Accounting Conference.
Commitment Level: One meeting and one conference call.
Staff Liaison: Angie Harris
HarrisA@ficpa.org

VALUATION, FORENSIC ACCOUNTING, & LITIGATION SERVICES COMMITTEE
Plans and presents the Valuation, Forensic Accounting, & Litigation Services Conference and provides opportunities for knowledge sharing and technical excellence in all areas of valuation, forensic accounting and litigation services.
Commitment Level: One meeting and one conference call.
Staff Liaison:
Stephanie Thomas
ThomasS@ficpa.org

Lisa Perry
Lisa@meetingcreations.net

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE
Plans the Women’s Leadership Summit. Develops, advances and recognizes women in accounting through professional development, mentoring and the Women to Watch Awards.
Commitment Level: One meeting and twelve conference calls.
Staff Liaison: Debra Kelly
KellyD@ficpa.org

YOUNG CPAs COMMITTEE
Promotes YCPA participation by coordinating social, educational and philanthropic activities locally and throughout the state with outreach to other young CPAs, local professionals and accounting students. Plans Accel YCPA Leadership Forum and Capitol Day and FICPA CPA Day of Service.
Commitment Level: Two meetings and six conference calls.
Staff Liaison: Angie Brooke
BrookeA@ficpa.org