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Chairman's Summary Fall 2018

Welcome to our What-Counts newsletter as we look back at a very busy fall season at RISCPA. The fall brought a major change in the operation of RISCPA as we said good-bye to our long running President Bob Mancini. After twelve years at the helm, Bob concluded his tenure with us on November 9 to take on a new opportunity as Sr. VP, Private Wealth Advisor for the Washington Trust Company.

Bob’s accomplishments helped us advance the RISCPA mission in many different areas. In leading our efforts to increase our sponsorships, Bob created many business development opportunities that have produced long term successful partnerships for RISCPA. Membership grew under Bob’s tenure as he spearheaded a program of signature networking events, expanded member outreach into southeastern New England, and created the Professional Affiliate Member (P.A.M.) program, which has allowed professionals from banking, insurance and law to join the Society.

He advocated for the interests of RISCPA by monitoring state government policies and legislation while working with members of chambers of commerce and other business groups to support a strong business environment in the state. He oversaw improvements to our CPE, expanding our educational offerings into new seminar topic areas.We are very grateful to Bob for these many accomplishments on behalf of our Society, and I personally want to thank Bob for his long dedication to RISCPA. I know all of us extend our best wishes to him in all his future endeavors.


The theme for this newsletter is the growing challenge of the “pipeline” for the industry, the next generation of accountants coming into the profession. In our Lead and Small State, Big Impact articles, we speak with Greg Cabral of BlumShapiro, and Mike Soutu, of Sansiveri, Kimball & Co., to learn what strategies work in today’s climate for recruitment and retention of the best talent.

We spotlight Bill Pirolli, Partner, DiSanto, Priest & Co., for It Pays to Know Your Profession, on the distinction of receiving the AICPA’s Sustained Contribution Award this fall, for his over two decades of committee involvement and volunteer dedication to the AICPA and the profession. Our Education article looks at how leadership and soft skills training program seminars are helping firms retain talented professionals to stay for the long haul. We get an election recap in our Happenings on the Hill, catch up with our Tax Committee, Women’s Council and RIYAN Committee in Committee Briefs, and there’s Quarterly Question and more in this edition of What-Counts. 

As we close out another year, RISCPA wishes you a wonderful holiday season and all the very best for 2019.


Dave Lucier
Board Chair


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