What a privilege it is to serve the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants as its 95th Chair! This organization has played an important role in every stage of my career, and I am grateful to my fellow volunteer leaders – past and present – who played a role in today’s successes.
As an FICPA Council member since 2016, I’ve witnessed remarkable change in our world, profession, and Institute in a short time. But as many of us heard AICPA President & CEO Barry Melancon discuss at MEGA 2022, the rate of change will never be as slow as it is today. Although we’ve all been forced to react to changing circumstances in recent years, institutions adapt and grow best when they’re being proactive.
At the FICPA, we’ve worked diligently over the past year to refine our vision for the profession. As our President & CEO Shelly Weir outlines here, FICPA’s leadership and staff have developed a new five-year strategic plan with one overarching goal: providing you the very best member value.
As the Institute rolls out its strategic plan, I am pleased to also unveil our updated vision and mission statements:
Each part of our mission helps accomplish our broader vision. Ongoing advocacy efforts in Tallahassee and Washington D.C. – together with our close relationship with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation – help protect the value of licensure as we highlight the important role CPAs play in the success of national, state, and local economies. Our forthcoming campaign to promote the profession will increase public awareness of our services and attract the next generation of CPAs. High-quality, flexible, and affordable solutions to educate our members about the latest issues impacting our profession remain central to what we do. And our work to innovate will put us all in position to meet future challenges as CPAs seize valuable business opportunities.
We believe our work over the next five years will advance our vision of a thriving, future-ready profession. Of course, this vision is only possible with your continued dedication and support. Stay tuned for details about how you can help us through your volunteer efforts. I look forward to working alongside you.