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President's Message

Thank You

April 1, 2014

By Alex Lemos, CPA, MBA

2013-pres-alex-lemosMy term as chapter president went by in a flash. It seemed only a few weeks ago that I was handed the gavel for this distinguished position. But, like all things, it must come to an end.

It was a fun and fast year, and none of it would have become a reality without the hard work the chapter officers and board of directors put in every day. Without them, this year would not have been as successful as it was.

And let’s not forgot all the hard work put in by program associate Monica Thompson and the rest of the CalCPA team. They are always looking for new ways to better engage members.

Lastly, I wanted to thank all of you—our members. For everyone who attended an event, contributed to our scholarship fund or simply paid your annual dues. In the end, all of this is really to better your CalCPA experience.

So I will leave it off in the same way we started this year: Cheers to a new year!

Chapter News

Management of an Accounting Practice Update

By Johanna Sweaney Salt, CPA, Chair, Chapter MAP Committee

As chair of our Management of an Accounting Practice Committee, it’s my privilege to report to you regarding the CalCPA MAP Committee meeting, which was held Jan. 10 in Los Angeles. While it’s impossible to distill nearly seven hours of great information and interaction into one short blog post, I would like to share some great highlights.

We received an update from our staff liaison, Maria Nazario, regarding CalCPA activities. Most notably, the Public Policy Task Force has made great progress toward its charter. Under the leadership of chair Andy Mintzer, the Task Force was formed to advance the CPA’s visibility and role in promoting and encouraging business in California and inform the public and interest parties what CPAs stand for. After several meetings, the Task Force developed and envisioned Good4Business, a business literacy initiative. You will hear more about this over the coming months, but ultimately, the Good4Business program is built on two principles:

  1. At the heart of all successful companies are sound business decisions; and
  2. At the heart of all sound business decision is the CPA.

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To Click … Or Not to Click?

By Bruce A. Gray, CPA, CGMA, Chair, CalCPA Technology Committee

So you’ve received an email with an embedded link, and you wonder if it’s safe to click on the link and see where it takes you. Beware: This is a popular way of inviting you to infect your computer with a virus, worm or Trojan virus. Yes, yes, you already know this and you never click on links unless you know the sender of the email. But what about people who you know? Is it always safe to click on a link from them? My answer is no.

I received an email from a family member recently with a link inviting me to get an important document in Google Docs. I verified that the email was in fact the email of the family member and then evaluated why I might be getting an email at this time. If you rarely or never get email from someone and suddenly get one, you should be at least a little suspicious. Then I decided to check on the link. Many people are unaware that if you hover over the link with your mouse, most email tools will display the URL of the destination of the link. When I did this with the link in this family member’s email, I noticed that it included an unusual segment in the URL that I wouldn’t have expected if I was being directed to a Google Drive document. I immediately deleted the email without clicking the link.

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2014 Women’s Leadership Forum, Friday, April 25

2014 Women’s Leadership Forum
Friday, April 25

Time: 9 a.m.– 6 p.m.
Location: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel
2025 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Cost: $149/members; $199/nonmembers
CPE: 6 hours (non-technical)

Register Today.

Eighth Annual Past Presidents Networking Breakfast

All past presidents and current leadership are invited to attend this April 29 event. As we near the start of a new leadership year, Incoming Chapter President Derrick DeBruyne would value your insight and perspective. The meeting will involve an overview of ideas that have been considered and a facilitated discussion of your thoughts on how to improve them.

Learn more and register.

Installation & Awards Banquet

Join us as we welcome incoming chapter president Derrick DeBruyne at this May 2 event. Distinguished, Public and YEP of the Year awards also will be presented, as well as 40-year members recognized.

Learn more and register.

Golf Tournament May 19: The CPA Shootout

Enjoy playing golf? Join us for our annual golf tournament, The CPA Shootout. The format is a four-person scramble. We have the opportunity to play a prestigious and private course during prime season. Fee includes food, golf cart, practice range, special contests, prizes and more. Additional events include a putting contest, raffle and other activities. You also can compete in the inaugural Client Flight.

Learn more and register.

CalCPA News

Women’s Leadership Forum: Develop, Inspire, Celebrate

Learn leadership ideas, trends and practical guidance that will make a difference in your professional life. Topics include executive presence, working within generational differences, making a difference on nonprofit and corporate boards and more. We’ll also present our Women to Watch Awards, which recognize women for their outstanding contributions to the profession and communities.

Learn more and register.

Renew by May 1 and Receive a FREE 4-Hour Ethics Course

By renewing your CalCPA membership, you will keep your access to advocacy in Sacramento, leadership opportunities, news and trends, exclusive discounts, continuing education and a network of more than 40,000 CalCPA members. Plus, renew today and receive a FREE 4-hour ethics course valued at $190.


Bulletin Deadlines

Keep these due dates in mind if there is something you’d like to publish in the Bulletin. Send information to chapter program associate Monica Thompson.

May Bulletin: April 10
June Bulletin: May 9
July Bulletin: June 10

Save the Dates

April 17: Forensic services section will be holding a roundtable discussion on “Conducting Research to Build Your Case.”

April 29: Past President’s Networking Breakfast

May 2: Installation and Awards Banquet

May 19: Golf Tournament at Redlands Country Club. Download the Flier.

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Division Director:
Membership and Strategic Programming
Jill Gorman
(650) 522-3204

Program Associate:
Monica Thompson
(951) 242-7558


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Moreno Valley CA 92556

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