By Mike Colgan, PICPA Executive Director and CEO
I do not watch much TV anymore, outside of sports or the occasional news show. But anytime I did find myself with some spare time this summer where I could turn on the television to check out what was available, I found nothing but reruns of primetime shows on network channels, cable channels filled with prior year episodes of popular crime shows, and premium channels running the same movies that ran the day before. Clearly there is a connection between the drudgery of TV and the beautiful weather we experience throughout the summer.
But the season has turned, and there is a lot of “new” going around – new school year (and increased traffic), new television series and premieres, new car models, etc. And while PICPA’s fiscal year begins in May and numerous events take place over the summer, I liken that time to spring training. I always think of September as the beginning of the PICPA year. Everyone seems refocused after enjoying some vacation during the lazy, hazy days of summer, and calendars start to tighten up.
PICPA events ratchet up after the summer – school and college events, CPE, chapter programs, and social events fill the days and evenings. It will stay that way through the end of the year. It is during the fall that opportunities to engage with members and volunteers peak.
The next four months will feature our Leadership Conference, two Council meetings, 10 accounting career days, hundreds of CPE opportunities, Successful CPA Candidate functions, chapter training, social, and fundraising events, countless committee meetings, industry summits, and professional issues update presentations.
These opportunities for PICPA volunteers, members, and staff to interact is priceless! We constantly need to hear from members about what keeps them up at night, what challenges they are facing, and how PICPA might be able to provide resources or solutions.
I encourage you to consider attending our professional issues update
program – 2014 State of the Profession. This free, two-hour CPE program is an excellent opportunity to meet with PICPA President Jerry Maginnis and myself to discuss key issues affecting the accounting profession. The agenda includes emerging topics such as the impact of complexity and change, continued audit relevance, regulators increasing scrutiny, practice monitoring of the future, code of ethics codification, Harrisburg update, and the future of learning, among others. These issues are discussed at the committee and Council level within PICPA, but we welcome hearing your thoughts about where the profession and PICPA are heading.
We are scheduled for eight presentations around Pennsylvania. If you are unable to join us, there are webinar options. You can register here.
I look forward to speaking with many members between now and the end of the year. These events may keep me away from the TV, so thank you for that!
Good luck Pirates!