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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 (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 and research bulletins by various professional standard-setting bodies (five to six meetings).
Staff Liaison: Paul Brown
BrownP@ficpa.org

ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING COMMITTEE
Provides members with resources that encompass numerous accounting and auditing topics through the sharing of knowledge and other valuable and timely information.
Staff Liaisons: Paul Brown
BrownP@ficpa.org

ACCOUNTING SHOW COMMITTEE
Recommends educational tracks, sessions and speakers for the FICPA Annual Accounting Show® (one meeting, one conference call [if needed] and attendance at the show).
Staff Liaison: Stephanie Thomas
ThomasS@ficpa.org

BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE
Provides Florida CPAs with knowledge about technology and tools available to enhance their practice and assist their clients (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 (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 (one meeting with several committee and subcommittee conference calls).
Staff Liaisons: Stephanie Thomas & Justin Thames
ThomasS@ficpa.org
ThamesJ@ficpa.org

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
Plans and presents a Construction Industry track at the annual FICPA Academy (one meeting and one conference call).
Staff Liaison: Diane Major
MajorD@ficpa.org

CPAS IN INDUSTRY COMMITTEE
Plans and presents the FICPA 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 (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 Today magazine. Performs editorial reviews and provides guidance to article authors (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 conferences. Develops an elder-planning-themed issue for Florida CPA Today magazine and resource lists (one meeting and two-four conference calls).
Staff Liaison: Brenda Hubbard
HubbardB@ficpa.org

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
Plans and presents the Employee Benefits portion of the FICPA Mega CPE Conference (one meeting and two conference calls).
Staff Liaison: Wendy Johnson
JohnsonW@ficpa.org

ESTATE AND FINANCIAL PLANNING COMMITTEE
Plans and presents an Estate and Financial Planning Track at the annual FICPA Academy.
Staff Liaison: Diane Major
MajorD@ficpa.org

FEDERAL TAXATION COMMITTEE
Attends annual liaison meeting with IRS officials and plans agenda and presentations. Plans and represents a federal taxation track at the annual FICPA Academy. Prepares articles for Florida CPA Today magazine and the FICPA website. Prepares the Legislator’s Tax Guide and monitors federal tax activity (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 FICPA Florida Gulf Coast University Accounting & Tax Conference (one meeting and one conference call).
Staff Liaison: Wendy Johnson
JohnsonW@ficpa.org

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

HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
Plans and presents the FICPA Health Care Industry Conference. Prepares articles for Florida CPA Today magazine and the FICPA website (three meetings and one conference call).
Staff Liaison: Stephanie Thomas
ThomasS@ficpa.org

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 (one meeting).
Staff Liaison: Wendy Johnson
JohnsonW@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 (four 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 (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 FICPA Not-for-Profit Organizations Conference. Studies, reviews and comments on accounting, auditing and reporting for not-for-profit organizations (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 (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 (one meeting and two conference calls).
Staff Liaisons: Rivers Buford & Justin Thames
BufordR@ficpa.org
ThamesJ@ficpa.org

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

STATE TAX COMMITTEE
Plans and presents the FICPA 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 (two meetings and one conference call).
Staff Liaisons: Wendy Johnson & Rivers Buford
JohnsonW@ficpa.org
BufordR@ficpa.org

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA ACCOUNTING CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
Plans and presents the FICPA University of Florida Accounting Conference (two meetings).
Staff Liaison: Wendy Johnson
JohnsonW@ficpa.org

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA ACCOUNTING CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
Plans and presents the FICPA University of South Florida Accounting Conference (one meeting and one conference call).
Staff Liaison: Stephanie Thomas,
ThomasS@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 (one meeting and one conference call).
Staff Liaison: Stephanie Thomas
ThomasS@ficpa.org

WEST FLORIDA CHAPTER ACCOUNTING CONFERENCE COMMITEE
Plan and presents the FICPA West Florida Chapter Conference (two conference calls).
Staff Liaison: Wendy Johnson
JohnsonW@ficpa.org

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 (one meeting and six 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 Florida's Young CPA Leadership Conference and YCPA Day at the Capitol (three meetings and four conference calls).
Staff Liaison: Angie Brooke
BrookeA@ficpa.org