Raising the Bar

By Hillary Rens, Chair

Greetings in this fresh new year! Your MSCPA Raising the BAR team is progressing nicely toward completion of our first year goals.

In our previous article Megan Walsh described our commitment to add younger voices to the MSCPA Board. We have accomplished this mission electing a non-voting, student advisory member. Please join us in congratulating Allison Berry of the University of Montana as she embarks on this new journey. Allison is a stellar representative of the future generation of CPAs. She intends to remain a Montana CPA and has internships scheduled with both JCCS and Eide Bailly. We are excited to have Allison’s voice on the MSCPA Board and know that she will make our team proud.

Our team has also successfully included members under age 35 on to the Annual Planning Committee. Sarah Day of Bozeman and Dan Keslin of Bozeman are the newest representatives to lend our young perspective to the committee. Thanks to Galusha, Higgins, & Galusha for allowing your staff to make this valuable commitment. Committee participation opportunities we currently are recruiting for include:

  • Federal Taxation, and
  • Government Audit Accounting Financial Reporting Committees.

If you are interested in learning more about these committees, please contact MSCPA at 800.272.0307.

Another BAR team initiative you may be interested in is the Leadership Development Program, created and championed by Anna Stitt of Anderson ZurMuehlen (Helena). A tentative kick-off of the program is planned for summer 2014. If you have a bright star in your organization this is the program to help develop them! It’s being designed specifically for CPAs on the path to long-term career growth and success. We will be recruiting participants in the near future.

If you have any questions or thoughts for the Raising the BAR committee, please feel free to contact me at hrens@stockmanbank.com or 406.234.8511. We look forward to your participation and continued support.

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