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Hot Off The Grill - Summer 2016

In this issue of What Counts!, we explore the private sector, where 40 percent of our members work. Our lead story profiles three successful CPAs - Linda Pearson, Andrew Hayes and Nancy Williams -- whose career paths led them from public accounting to the private sector ... and back! We chat about "Why I Am A Member" with Gerald "Jay" Benson, who recently became a RISCPA board member as well as the tax director at Ocean State Job Lot. In our "Small State Big Impact" article, Bob DiMuccio, who is chairman, president and CEO of Amica and has been a CPA for more than three decades, shares his company's dedication to the accounting function. Our one-on-one feature showcases Jeff Allain whose contemporary version of a CPA firm combines his love of entrepreneurs with his deep roots as a CPA. For our friends in related disciplines of banking, law, insurance, and government, learn about becoming a Professional Affiliate Member (PAM) and see what inaugural members Dan Holmander and Frank Casale gain from their memberships. Our news from the profession includes a recap of the value and benefits of the AICPA's joint venture with CIMA plus the upcoming changes to the CPA exam with important advice for students from URI professor Joseph D'Adamo. Look for other news from our RISCPA leaders about what's been happening at the Society and what's ahead.

Posted on
August 31, 2016

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Government - It's not just politics - Spring 2016

In this issue of What Counts! we take a closer look at the impact CPAs have in the public sector, and how state and municipal agencies are contributing to the Rhode Island economy. In our lead story, we visit with Auditor General Dennis Hoyle, CPA. Hoyle shares his experiences over a four-decade career in government and offers insight into how the OAG interacts with lawmakers in the General Assembly. We also introduce you to Mary King, CPA, and Director of Administrative Services for the North Kingstown School Department. In our regular “One-on-One” feature, Alyson Adkins, CPA, CGMA, who serves as Director of Finance and Human Resources for Discover Newport, discusses how tourism and hospitality add up big numbers for the state’s economy. In our “Small State, Big Impact” feature, we delve into the history of the now nationally acclaimed Narragansett Bay Commission, and we meet Sue LaPanne, PH.D, CPA, CFE, and a long-time member of the RISCPA who is using a lifetime of acquired skills in her role as the Associate Commissioner for Finance and Management at the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education. All of that and much more, in this edition of What Counts!

Posted on
June 27, 2016

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Impact of Non-Profits on the RI Economy - Winter 2016

In this issue of What Counts! we take a closer look at a nonprofit sector that contributes significantly to the Rhode Island economy. In our lead story, we check in with the Rhode Island Foundation and its highly successful "Make It Happen RI" initiative. We also introduce you to the IYRS School of Technology & Trades, a post-secondary school that prepares its students to enter a global manufacturing workforce by teaching the art and science of making, building, restoring and maintaining boats, buildings, and three-dimensional objects. Our "One-on-One" interview is with Lynn Malone, the CFO of the Greater Providence Y. While in our "Why I am a Member" feature, we speak with Timothy L. Christen, CPA, CGMA, Chairman and CEO of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly). Christen, who serves as Chairman of the AICPA's Board of Directors, visited Rhode Island in January and addressed members with a short presentation and attended the RISCPA networking event. In our "Small State, Big Impact" feature, we discover Hope & Main, Rhode Island's first culinary business incubator. All of that and much more, in this edition of What Counts!

Posted on
March 23, 2016

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Accounting: A Changing Landscape - Fall 2015

This issue of What Counts! focuses on a changing economic landscape. In our lead story, we touch base with representatives from small, medium, and large accounting firms to see how they are traversing a changing landscape, including their respective views on recruiting and retaining talent. We also check in with instructors at Providence College and Bryant University to see if changes in the “real world” are being reflected in the classroom. We go “One-on-One” with Scott DiChristofero, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Gateway Healthcare, a Lifespan partner, and Rhode Island’s largest nonprofit behavioral health organization. In our “Small State, Big Impact” feature, we learn about a fascinating trip that Grafton “Cap” Willey took this past summer to a remote Alaskan village and the wonderful work he embarked on there. All that and much more, in this issue of What Counts!

Posted on
December 15, 2015

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RISCPA Supports Economic Development - Summer 2015

This issue of What Counts! focuses on economic development and features conversations with some of the key players in Gov. Gina Raimondo's Administration. For example, we go one-on-one with Lisa Lasky, CPA, MBA, and Chief Financial Officer at the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. Lasky is determined to help businesses grow here. We also visit with Barbara Fields, recently appointed executive director of Rhode Island Housing, who explains how affordable housing can be a key driver of economic growth. On a local level, we take a closer look at the economic impact that the University of Rhode Island has on the state. We also tell you about an exciting new initiative at the RISCPA, and an opportunity to give back to the community and meet other professionals via the United Way Rhode Island has to offer. Nationally, we speak to William R. Pirolli, CPA/CFF/PFS, CGMA and Partner at DiSanto, Priest & Co., about his election to the AICPA's Board of Directors. All that and much more, in this issue of What Counts!

Posted on
August 17, 2015

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Making the Grade - Spring 2015

In this issue of What Counts!: This issue of What Counts! focuses on professional education, with a behind-the-scenes look at the collaboration between the Society and Atrion Networking, the company behind the newly named Atrion Education Center at RISCPA headquarters. It is a unique connection and one that promises to deliver a wide range of professional education opportunities to RISCPA members, as well as the business community at large. We also discuss the Society joining forces with the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center. We visit the University of Rhode Island and learn how high school students are getting an early jump on their college degrees. We explain how RISCPA is on the forefront of the discussion around "sustainability" in the business arena, and get to know Lookman Buky Folami, Ph.D., an associate professor in Bryant University's Department of Accounting, a prolific researcher and writer who learned the importance "giving back" from his father. We also go one-on-one with one of our newest Board members, Richard L. Botham, a partner at Providence-based Yarlas, Kaplan, Santilli, & Moran, Ltd. Botham embraces the idea of professional education, which he sees as critical if a CPA is to provide the best and most accurate service and advice to his or her clients. Simply put, Botham loves learning. All that and more, in this issue of What Counts!

Posted on
May 4, 2015

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