Our new membership year kicks off in less than one month, on May 1. Each year starts by welcoming new officers and directors to the Board of Directors, and I am so excited for the incoming class. This insightful team helps shape the direction of our organization, and their strategic guidance supports us as we adapt to ongoing changes in the profession and our world. We have an incredible slate of officers stepping up, and I am thrilled to work more closely with each of them:
Leading us as Chair will be Rob Miller, CPA, CFE, managing partner at Stone & Company, LLC. We hope to leverage Rob’s insights, both as an owner of a small firm and as a long-term leader of the Society, to help our members — especially those in small- and medium-sized firms — tackle the “new normal” with a suite of new benefits designed just for them, such as the HR Hotline, Pooled Employer Retirement Plan and free and timely webinars (and more on the way!).
Our new Chair-Elect will be Karen McElroy, CPA, audit partner at Deloitte LLP. Through her leadership at Deloitte and the Society, Karen brings a wealth of knowledge, a passion for helping and that all-important global firm perspective.
Vice Chair of Finance will be Laura O’Brien, CPA, MST, partner at ALL CPAs. She’s a natural leader, and we are thrilled to have her join the Executive Committee. Fun fact: Laura’s son and my daughter were in kindergarten together more than 15 years ago!
Vice Chair of Audit will continue to be John Geraci, CPA, managing partner at LGA, LLP. A known innovative leader in accounting, John has been instrumental in guiding us on several key initiatives, and I’m thrilled to continue working together to advance the profession.
Vice Chair will be Laura Felice, CPA, CGMA, senior vice president, controller at BJ’s Wholesale Club. Laura brings a wealth of knowledge about industry members, and her voice will be instrumental as we work to add value for this group.
In addition to welcoming the officers, I am excited to welcome our new directors:
- Mark Audi, CPA, Massachusetts managing partner at Baker Newman Noyes;
- Rose Jardim, CPA, partner and tax director at Jardim & Marotta LLC;
- Adnani Johari, CPA, CGMA, MBA, VP at Brighthouse Investment Advisers, LLC; and
- Arthur Marshall, CPA, MBA, partner of assurance services at EY.
Board diversity matters, but concentrating on one form of diversity isn’t enough. Our board represents a range of both social, demographic, geographic and professional diversities so that we can do our best work for all members. We will continue to be diverse when we welcome this new class on May 1, and I cannot wait to draw upon their perspectives and intel as we work to add value to our most important asset — you.