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Professional Issues Update

Nov. 12
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh/Monroeville Convention Center
Monroeville - Map it

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PICPA Member: $0 | Nonmember: $50

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  • Registration includes breakfast.
  • This is a member-only benefit. Members and students attend for free.


This presentation provides an overview of the major trends disrupting the accounting profession. Understand where we are, where we’re going, and how you can stay ahead of the curve. PICPA CEO Mike Colgan will share his insights gained from the AICPA, Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy, Pennsylvania legislature, and NASBA, and discuss what PICPA is doing on your behalf.



Topics Covered:

The talent war: recruitment and retention
CPA pipeline, CPA Exam, and diversity and inclusion
Legislative priorities and strategy
Expanding service areas with data analytics, cyber security, and attest
Future of audit and audit quality
Standards for revenue recognition and lease accounting
Evolving role of the CFO and finance teams
The new Pennsylvania CPA Foundation



8:00 a.m. - Registration
8:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Program



Michael D. Colgan, CAE
CEO & Executive Director

Mike is CEO and executive director of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), a professional association of more than 22,000 CPAs in Pennsylvania. He also is CEO of the PICPA Foundation for Education & Research, which provides continuing professional education to more than 20,000 CPAs annually.

Mike’s key goal is to enhance the PICPA’s already stellar reputation as the premiere CPA association in Pennsylvania. He accomplishes this by fostering communications and personal relationships with PICPA members and leaders in the accounting profession, government, legislative and regulatory agencies, and other related organization. He works closely with PICPA leadership to propose new and challenging programs to the state and chapter officers, and takes a lead role in developing strategic plans and objectives with the senior management team.

Mike is on the board of directors of the Certified Public Accountants Society Executives Association (CPA-SEA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Future of Learning Task Force. He also serves on the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) State Society Relation Committee and on the Advisory Board of PA Forward, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association. He is a past president of the Delaware Valley Society of Association Executives and has served as a member of the finance and administration section council of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

Mike is a graduate of Drexel University and received the certified association executive (CAE) designation from the ASAE in 1990. Mike is the varsity girls’ basketball coach at Marple Newtown High School in Newtown Square, Pa.

Mike joined the PICPA in 1979 as manager on the professional education team, assumed the role of COO in 1988, and was named CEO in 2012. You can follow his activity on the blog CPA Now at


Martin C. Levin CPA, CVA, MBA

Managing Director, Regan Levin Bloss Brown & Savchak PC

Martin C. Levin began his accounting career in private industry in 1976.  In 1987, he joined the audit staff in the Philadelphia office of Coopers & Lybrand. Martin relocated to the Lehigh Valley and in 1995, he founded the Allentown based firm Levin, Savchak & Associates, P.C. which has since merged to form Regan Levin Bloss Brown & Savchak, P.C. (“RLB Accountants”) where he serves as the firm’s managing director and supervises the Firm’s audit, accounting business valuation and forensics practice groups.

Martin’s accounting and auditing includes working with clients in various industries including general and specialty contractors, technology firms, wholesale distribution companies, auto dealerships, manufacturing enterprises, professional services firms, mortgage brokerage firms and real estate management companies. In addition, he provides management consulting services to clients including business valuation, forensic accounting, bankruptcy accounting and expert witness testimony.

Martin is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”), the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“PICPA”) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Martin currently serves on the AICPA Professional Ethics Enforcement Committee and is the president-elect of the PICPA. He has previously served on several prominent committees including a three (3) year term on the Accounting and Review Services Committee of the AICPA, the senior standard setting body responsible for developing the rules for unaudited financial statements issued in the United States.  He is a past president of the PICPA - Lehigh Valley Chapter, has served on the Lehigh Valley PICPA Executive Committee and the PICPA State Council.  In 2008, Martin was appointed by Governor Ed Rendell to serve on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy, where he served for 8 years under 3 governors including his role as chairman of the state licensing board for the two year period 2014-2015. Martin is a certified valuation analyst and is a member in good standing of the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts. He has served as an adjunct professor of accounting at DeSales University, Kutztown State University and Muhlenberg College. Martin is a member of the DeSales University President’s Council, Treasurer of the Carson Kaye Foundation and serves on various fundraising committees for nonprofit organizations. Martin has been a frequent guest lecturer at colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania.

Martin is a summa cum laude graduate of Rowan University with a B.S. in Accounting and earned a Master’s Degree in Finance from DeSales University. He holds licenses to practice as a certified public accountant in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Florida. Martin and his wife reside in the Lehigh Valley.


Updated Oct. 2018

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