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107 – Accounting Principles And Auditing Standards Committee

Study, review and comment on outstanding exposure drafts issued by various professional-standard-setting bodies.

Commitment Level: Five to six meetings.

Staff Liaison: Paul Brown | paul@ficpa.org


260 – Business Technology Committee

Provide Florida CPAs with knowledge about technology and the tools available to enhance their practice and assist their clients. Prepare articles for Florida CPA Today Magazine and the FICPA website.

Commitment Level: One meeting and conference call, as needed.

Staff Liaison: Mia Thomas | mia@ficpa.org


121 – CIRA Committee

Plan and present a two-day conference alternating between Fort Lauderdale and Orlando that assists members in becoming more technically proficient in accounting, tax, consultation and certain operational matters related to Florida’s CIRA industry by sharing valuable, timely information. Submit legislative policy recommendations to the State Legislative Policy Committee, review pending legislation affecting CIRAs and provide comments to appropriate entities, as necessary.

Conference Commitment Level: One meeting and one conference call, as needed.

Staff Liaison: Diane Major | diane@ficpa

Legislative Commitment Level: One meeting and conference calls

Staff Liaison: Justin Thames | justin@ficpa.org



134 – Construction Industry Conference Committee

Plan and present a one-day conference in Orlando for those working in the construction industry.

Commitment Level: One meeting and one conference call

Staff Liaison: Mia Thomas | mia@ficpa.org


180 – CPAs In Industry Committee

Plan and present a two-day conference held in Tampa with a focus on business acumen, business challenges and proficiency in accounting and tax matters related to Florida’s industry.  Portions of this conference are simulcast.

Commitment Level: One meeting and one conference call, as needed.

Staff Liaison: Mia Thomas | mia@ficpa.org



141 – Editorial Committee (Florida CPA Today Magazine)

Suggest topics and issues affecting Florida’s accounting profession for publication in Florida CPA Today Magazine. Perform editorial reviews and provide guidance to article authors. The Editorial Committee may or may not have vacancies from year to year. If interested in serving, contact the staff liaison listed below.

Commitment Level: One meeting, three conference calls and email correspondence.

Staff Liaison: Jan Dobson | jan@ficpa.org


142 – Employee Benefits Conference

Committee

Plan and present the Employee Benefits FlexTrack at the Mega CPE Conference in Orlando.

Commitment Level: One meeting and one conference call, as needed.

Staff Liaison: Mia Thomas | mia@ficpa.org


155 – Federal Taxation Committee

Monitor federal tax activity and provide comments to appropriate entities, as necessary. Work with the IRS to plan agendas and presentations for programs such as the liaison meeting. Prepare the Legislator’s Tax Guide and write articles for Florida CPA Today Magazine and the FICPA website.

Commitment Level: Two meetings and occasional conference calls.

Staff Liaison: Mike Holland | mike@ficpa.org


165 – Florida Gulf Coast University Accounting And Tax Conference Committee

Plan and present a two-day conference in Fort Myers, with a focus on hot topics, trends and updates.

Commitment Level: One meeting and one conference call, as needed.

Staff Liaison: Mia Thomas | mia@ficpa.org


172 – Florida State University Accounting Conference Committee

Plan and present a two-day conference at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Portions of this conference are simulcast.

Commitment Level: One meeting and two conference calls.

Staff Liaison: Diane Major | diane@ficpa.org


178 – Health Care Industry Conference Committee

Plan and present a two-day conference in Orlando, with a focus on CPAs working within the scope of health care, including, but not limited to, physician practice management, managed care and health plans. Portions of this conference are simulcast.  

Commitment Level: One meeting and one to two conference calls, as needed.

Staff Liaison: Diane Major | diane@ficpa.org


181 – International Taxation Committee

Plan and present a two-day conference and a one-day boot camp in Miami. Prepare articles for Florida CPA Today Magazine and the FICPA website. Review FICPA-developed CPE manuals related to international taxation for technical accuracy.

Commitment Level: One meeting.

Staff Liaison: Mia Thomas | mia@ficpa.org


235 – Not-For-Profit Organizations Conference Committee

Plan and present a two-day conference held in Tampa, with a focus on accounting, auditing and reporting for not-for-profit organizations.  Portions of this conference are simulcast.

Commitment Level: One meeting and one conference call, as needed.

Staff Liaison: Diane Major | diane@ficpa.org


318 – State Legislative Policy Committee

Discuss revisions to Florida accountancy laws and rules, develop proposed legislative policies, coordinate with FICPA committees on potential legislative issues and review pending legislation affecting the CPA profession. Prepare summaries for legislative positions and submit recommendations for the legislative agenda for the Executive Committee and Board of Governors’ consideration.

Commitment Level: One meeting and two conference calls.

Staff Liaison: Justin Thames | justin@ficpa.org


292 – State And Local Government Committee

Plan and present the two-day State and Local Government Accounting Conference in Orlando, enhance knowledge and promote excellence among members interested in state and local government accounting, auditing and other related issues. This conference is simulcast.

Submit legislative policy recommendations to the State Legislative Policy Committee, review pending legislation affecting State and Local Governments and provide comments to appropriate entities, as necessary.

Conference Commitment Level: One meeting and one conference call, as needed.

Staff Liaison: Diane Major | diane@ficpa.org

Legislative Commitment Level: One meeting with several committee conference calls

Staff Liaison: Justin Thames | justin@ficpa.org


322 – State Tax Committee

Plan and present the State Tax FlexTrack at the Mega CPE Conference held in Orlando and provide state taxation professionals with opportunities for knowledge sharing, professional development and advocacy on Florida-specific tax issues. In November or December, the committee holds a meeting with the Department of Revenue liaisons in Tallahassee. Submit legislative policy recommendations to the State Legislative Policy Committee, review pending legislation affecting State Tax and provide comments to appropriate entities, as necessary.

Conference Commitment Level: One meeting and one conference call, as needed.

Staff Liaison: Mia Thomas | mia@ficpa.org

Legislative Commitment Level: One meeting with several committee conference calls

Staff Liaison: Justin Thames | justin@ficpa.org


175 – University Of Florida Accounting Conference Committee

Plan and present a two-and-a-half day conference at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Commitment Level: One meeting and conference call, as needed.

Staff Liaison: Mia Thomas | mia@ficpa.org


335 – University Of South Florida Accounting Conference Committee

Plan and present a two-day conference in Tampa with the assistance of faculty from the University of South Florida.

Commitment Level: One meeting and one conference call.  

Staff Liaison: Diane Major | diane@ficpa.org


189 – Valuation, Forensic Accounting And Litigation Services Committee

Plan and present a two-day conference in Fort Lauderdale, with a focus on all areas of valuation, forensic accounting and litigation services.  Portions of this conference are simulcast.

Commitment Level: One meeting and one conference call.

Staff Liaison: Diane Major | diane@ficpa.org


105 -Accounting and Business Show Committee

Recommends sessions and speakers in the areas of business and industry; tax (including international);wealth/financial planning; fraud; accounting and auditing; and other content as determined. Each topic is addressed independently collaborating with various committee members.  The Accounting and Business Show [formerly the Annual Accounting Show) is our largest event in South Florida. Portions of this conference are simulcast.

Commitment level: All meetings are conducted online or via conference call. Each topic requires one to two conference calls.

Staff liaison: Diane Major | diane@ficpa.org


424 -Accounting Careers And Education Committee

Promote accounting career opportunities to support student success and foster relations between colleges and universities through creative and effective outreach initiatives. Develop and implement accounting career programs to attract college students to become Certified Public Accountants. Develop and implement programs to support accounting educators with career development, academia needs and interaction with CPA professionals. Provide resources to foster relationships between educators and practitioners.

Commitment level: One meeting and two conference calls.

Staff liaison: Jennifer Allen I jennifer@ficpa.org


450- Women In Leadership Committee

Develop, promote  and recognize women in accounting through professional development and mentoring. Attend one in-person meeting; plan and attend the Women in Leadership Summit and participate in at least one subcommittee from the list below.

Commitment Level: One meeting and 9 conference calls.

Staff liaison: Debra Kelly I debra@ficpa.org


428 - Young CPAs Committee  

Promote young CPA participation by coordinating social, educational and philanthropic activities locally and throughout the state with outreach to other young CPAs, local professionals and accounting students.Plan, promote and participate networking events in local chapter areas. Plan, promote and participate in a CPA Day of Service event in local areas. Provide feedback for the Emerging Leaders Program. Contribute and promote content to the Young CPA blog

Commitment Level: One meetings and three conference calls.

Staff liaison: Jennifer Allen I jennifer@ficpa.org


FICPA Scholarship Foundation

Scholarship Foundation Board Of Trustees

The mission of the 501(c)(3) Foundation is to provide scholarships to accounting students in the state of Florida. We encourage FICPA members to become active in fundraising, events and marketing to help provide scholarships by serving a one-year term on a Foundation Committee. Foundation Committees are a great way to get connected and give back to the future of our profession. All committees meet via conference call, and members are provided a toll-free phone number to connect to the calls. Committee members are not required to meet in person, but committee members should plan on participating on all conference calls and volunteering at any event or activity planned by the committee.


Members of the following committees will serve for a one-year term.

600 – Endowment And Planned Giving Committee

Manage current Foundation endowments and develop new endowments. Promote planned giving opportunities and the new firm scholarship program. Committee members must have experience and interest in assisting with promoting endowments, planned giving, retirement, bequests, charitable annuities and trusts.

Commitment Level: Quarterly conference calls, as needed.

Liaison: Jan Dobson | jan@ficpa.org | (800) 342-3197, Ext.380

601 – Marketing And Public Relations Committee

Develop and manage current Foundation marketing and outreach activities, promotional materials and annual fundraising activities.  Marketing campaign examples include overall Foundation branding, annual giving campaign and other fundraising concepts and collateral. Applicable experience and interest in assisting the Foundation with marketing, advertising and/ or public relations desired.

Commitment Level: Monthly conference calls, as needed.

Liaison: Jan Dobson | jan@ficpa.org | (800) 342-3197, Ext.380


602 – 1040K Run Committee

Assist with fundraising, marketing and implementing the 1040k Run (5K|10K) held in Miami on or near tax day in April (April 17, 2018). Assist with outreach to CPA firms and corporate sponsors of the race.  Must have a passion for running, a willingness to assist with fundraising and an interest in generating scholarship funds for South Florida accounting students. Students volunteers needed for the 1040K races. Please contact Liaison Jan Dobson for more information.

Commitment Level: Bi-monthly conference calls, as needed, and volunteering at the event.

Liaison: Jan Dobson | jan@ficpa.org | (800) 342-3197, Ext.380


603 – Family Retreat Committee

Assist with fundraising, marketing and implementation of the Family Retreat and Golf Tournament held at Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo the last weekend in July. Promote a family-oriented networking event in order to raise scholarship funds for accounting students. Assist with outreach to CPA firms and corporate sponsors of the retreat and volunteer during the event.

Commitment Level: Bi-monthly conference calls, as needed, and volunteering at the event.

Liaison: Jan Dobson | jan@ficpa.org | (800) 342-3197, Ext. 380


604 – Suncoast Scramble Golf Tournament Committee

Assist with fundraising, marketing and implementation of the annual golf tournament held in Oldsmar on the first Friday in May.  Must have an interest in golf and/or raising money for student scholarships. Promote sponsorship and player opportunities to generate scholarship funds for accounting students. Assist with outreach to CPA firms and corporate sponsors of the golf tournament. Students volunteers needed for the tournament. Please contact Liaison Jan Dobson for more information.

Commitment Level: Bi-monthly conference calls, as needed, and volunteer at the event.

Liaison: Jan Dobson | jan@ficpa.org | (800) 342-3197, Ext. 380