East Bay Chapter
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February 13, 2014
By Patricia J. Mayer, CMA, CPA
If you attended our January Honorees Night in Oakland, you witnessed the generous accounting scholarships we granted to many deserving Bay Area students. After hearing their biographies and having been able to speak with several of them, I was left with the feeling that they would all be successful, and that our gifts had fallen in the right hands. I also wondered how many would eventually enter private, public or not-for-profit organizations, and how many will remain CalCPA members.
When pondering what lies ahead of them, I was thinking back about the rosy future my classmates and I felt we had in 1975! I recalled what a professor said to me: “Patt, every company needs a competent CPA. It’s just that some don’t know it and suffer the consequences.” Another mentor said, “If you want to make a name for yourself, go into the not-for-profit industry. There are very few really good CPAs there, and they stand out.”
Whichever track our recipients take, they can look forward to a continued demand for CPAs.
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Congratulations to our recently elected 2014-15 chapter officers. The group takes office May 1:
President: Thomas V. Bret; Cederborg & Bret LLP
First Vice President: Thomas P. O’Sullivan; Thomas P. O’Sullivan CPA
Treasurer: Joseph C Kovar; Sweeney Kovar LLP
Secretary: Charles A. Burak; Glenn Dawson Burak LLP
Past President: Patricia J. Mayer; Patricia J Mayer & Associates
(second year of two-year term)
Tony W. Lam; Armanino LLP
Eugene C.W. Ma; Macias Gini O’Connell LLP
Thomas J. Parry; Benson & Neff CPAs
Joy T. Soulier; Joy T. Soulier & Associates
(first year of two-year term)
Ahmad S. Alwawi; Vavrinek Trine Day & Co LLP
Wilbur Chan; Ernst & Young LLP
Mey L. Saechao; Spiegel Accountancy Corp.
Walter Schlueter; Belvedere Financial
CalCPA Council Representatives
Thomas V. Bret, Thomas O’Sullivan, Patricia J. Mayer
More than 100 chapter members, students, faculty members, sponsors and guests took part in our recent Honorees Night. The evening was a celebration for those who have excelled in school and those who have greatly contributed to the profession and community.
The chapter awarded $37,000 in scholarships to 11 outstanding university students. The highest scholarship award was given to Jenny Glosser, a senior at St. Mary’s College. The Lillian Weil awards went to Stephanie Yanez and Mansie Cheung, both juniors at UC Berkeley. The Phil Lemos award was given to Jonathan Russell, a senior at St. Mary’s. The Jeanne Laye award was earned by Ayesha Afzal, a senior at CSU East Bay. The Bob Johnston award was presented to Maria-Fernanda Toscano, a junior at St. Mary’s. The McKenna award was given to James Jones, a senior at St. Mary’s. Other chapter awards went to Alexis Konstantinopoulos, a senior at St. Mary’s, and Victoria Andresen, Stephanie Hyde and Anila Kapadia, all seniors at CSU East Bay.
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The nomination period for CalCPA’s annual service awards is open until March 28. You can download and nominate an outstanding member or firm for the:
- Public Service Award, which is given to a CPA who has been especially active in service to the profession and community.
- Distinguished Service Award, which is granted either on the basis of long and distinguished service or for some singular act resulting in extraordinary contribution to the profession, CalCPA and/or the community.
Make your nominations today.