Note: This is the third is a series of blogs highlighting the dedication of Montana CPAs and their service nationally to the accounting profession.
Gordy Thompson, Anderson ZurMuehlen, Havre
Presently, I am the elected AICPA Council member representing the state of Montana. The AICPA Council is the governing body of the AICPA with representation from all fifty states and territories based upon membership.
I am just beginning a three year term in which we normally have meetings three times a year at various locations around the country. We meet at least every other year in Washington DC where are main focus is advocacy for CPAs. We meet with all of our state Senators and Representatives to discuss and promote (or not promote) bills and legislative agendas that have an impact on our profession.
The AICPA is the organization that promotes, as well as offers guidance and tools to practice, as well as enforces the standards that we as professionals must maintain. Being on Council provides me the opportunity to meet other professionals from around the country to discuss the issues effecting all of us. It also allows you to network with some of the brightest minds in business. What I enjoy the most is listening to what all the experts have to say about what the profession will look like in the future and how do we prepare for that.
I am very proud to be able to represent the great state of Montana and to provide input from the Big Sky Country and would strongly encourage anyone to get involved at the state or national level. Being a CPA is not just how I make living. It is who I am!!