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CFOs, Halloween Candy and Tax Deadlines: The Ultimate Combo

October 7, 2016

By Scott Donnelly

CalCPA sponsors the Los Angeles Business Journal CFO of the Year annual awards. I had the honor of presenting two of the winners and it was great attending the event with fellow board members. Networking with the CFO nominees was really interesting. The stories of the nominees were fascinating, and I heard about so many of the different paths taken to reach their roles. The CFOs included various entities: public, private, government and nonprofits, as well as rising stars and middle market businesses.

As always, CalCPA was represented by our awesome program associates, Tracy and Jackie. They shared information with attendees and encouraged people to join. Many of the CFOs are CPAs. The opportunities for CPAs are truly unlimited. It’s up to each of us to analyze the opportunities and create our successful career paths. Our paths are flexible and can be adjusted to meet our personal and professional needs. For those less experienced, take an opportunity to talk with “seasoned” CPAs. Attend CalCPA mixers, discussion groups and CPE to meet others. I’ve developed many relationships through these events, and expanded my resources and knowledge through these discussions.

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YEP Corner

October 7, 2016

Connect with other CalCPA young and emerging professionals and join our chapter’s YEP Committee. All you need to do is update your member profile and you will receive notifications of upcoming YEP events.

Please email Program Associate Tracey Zink or call (818) 546-3554 for any questions.


October 7, 2016

This committee is for public or private professionals with five-10 years of experience who are in manager, director, vice president or similar roles—or are looking to take their careers to the next level. Our committee offers events where you can learn, network and see what distinguishes an average leader from a great one. Share leadership stories, learn from others’ challenges and successes, and get a plan together that will help you advance your career.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring an Emerging Executives event is a great way to connect with public or private professionals. As a sponsor, you will have a great opportunity to meet these professionals and promote yourself and your company. Do you have a conference room that seats at least 20-30? Inquire about in-kind sponsorship!

If you’d like to be a sponsor, contact program associate Jackie Quinn-Piper.

Chapter News

Thank You to Our Scholarship Contributors

We would like to thank the following for their generous contributions to our scholarship fund! We recently awarded $20,000 to Los Angeles area students. Your support goes a long way in shaping the pathway to future CPA careers!

  • Justin Gugajew (CohnReznik)
  • Scott Donnelly (PDM)
  • Tayiika Dennis (NSBN, LLP)
  • Martin Sniewski (Crowe Horwath, LLP)
  • Ani Galyan (MillarLaw)
  • Joseph Broyles (The Law Offices of Joseph A. Broyles, Inc.)
  • Richard Giedlin (Deloitte)
  • Jillian Phan (Meloni Hribal Tratner LLP)
  • Carrie Hidding (TeamCFO)
  • Raven Davis (Kirsch Kohn & Bridge LLP)
  • Neil Patel (Insignia Mortgage)
  • Christine Hermawan
  • Connie Chang-Scotti
  • Robert Seltzer
  • Patricia Batchelor
  • Miklos Ringbauer
  • Dina Britten
  • Bill Liang (Merrill Lynch)

Chapter Sponsorship Opportunities

This year the chapter held 11 networking events, which included partnerships with nine professional organizations for a total attendance of more than 1,200. As a sponsor, you will have the unique opportunity to promote yourself and your company to our chapter’s 11,000 members, plus hundreds of other financial professionals who attend our events. This is a great way to start your involvement with the CPA community.

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Oct. 26: Comedy Club Night

Join us at The Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, which is home to famous comedians including Jay Leno, Jeff Dye and Gabriel Iglesias. Net proceeds from the event go to our chapter’s scholarship fund. Every year we award scholarships to accounting students who demonstrate academic excellence and dedication to community service.

Location: Hermosa Beach Comedy and Magic Club
Cost: $25/members; $35/nonmembers
Register or learn more. Note: Please RSVP by Oct. 14 and to ensure a seat, please arrive before 7:30 p.m. A two-item minimum purchase is required at the Club (food and/or drink).


Nov. 3: Beer & Wine Reception (Free Event for CalCPA Members)

The Los Angeles Chapter Taxation Committee and Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP invite you to expand your network of colleagues and referral sources at this exclusive reception being held in conjunction with the Federal, State, Local and International Taxation Conference at the Sheraton in Universal City.

Learn more and register.

Nov. 10: Young and Emerging Professionals Committee Joint Networking Mixer

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to network with other young and emerging professionals from the California Society of CPAs (CalCPA), Los Angeles Chapter; Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA), Los Angeles; the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), Los Angeles Chapter; the Los Angeles Young Tax Lawyers (LAYTL), a standing committee of the State Bar of California’s Taxation Section; the Credit Management Association (CMA); the Risk Management Association (RMA); the Institute of Internal Auditors of Los Angeles (IIALA) ; the Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters (LAAHU) Vanguard Council; and, the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce (LAJCC).
You’ll enjoy a night on the town in one of the hippest areas of West LA at The Parlor while expanding your network of colleagues and referral sources.

Learn more and register.

Nov. 17: ABC Night: Attorneys, Bankers & CPAs

The Attorneys, Bankers & CPAs Networking Event is an opportunity to meet key decision-makers in the Southern California financial community. We’ll provide a mix of professionals—along with one beer/wine ticket and hors d’oeuvres.

Net proceeds from this event benefit the our Charles Gumbiner Lou Savett Memorial Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is awarded to an accounting student who demonstrates academic excellence and a dedication to community service. Be sure to bring at least 100 business cards to the event!

Location: Andaz Hotel
Cost: $40/members; $50/nonmembers; $25/student members (Add $10/walk-ins).
Learn more and register.

Federal, State, Local and International Taxation Conference

CalCPA News

GIT Trustee Nominations

CalCPA Council annually nominates candidates to serve three-year terms as trustees of CalCPA’s Group Insurance Trust (GIT). Additionally, participating employers in the trust may nominate candidates to be placed on the ballot by submitting supporting petitions by Nov. 1 from at least 20 firms participating in one or more of the GIT’s group health and welfare plans.

For more information, email Genna Armanini or call her at (800) 556-5771, ext. 3257.

Nov. 16 – The CPA Exam: A New Look

Change is in the air for 2017 with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) unveiling a new version of the Uniform CPA Exam on April 1, 2017. The new version will emphasize testing of higher order skills and more task-based simulations. The new exam will expand from 14 hours to 16, with each section four hours in length.

Representatives from Roger CPA Review will provide details about the new exam, and you will be able to ask questions.

A special thank you to both Roger CPA Review and California State University, Monterey Bay, for their support of this event!

Register for the live event or webcast today!

Now Serving … A New Membership Type

Do you qualify for the new Financial Professional membership type—priced at only $199.

You do if you’ve never been a licensed CPA, have a bachelor’s degree and meet any one of the following criteria:

  • A professional employee at a CPA firm;
  • Anyone working under the direct supervision of a CPA in industry, government or education;
  • A financial professional in industry, government or education, or legal, banking or financial
    consulting services; or
  • An IT professional.

Visit the CalCPA website for more information.

2017 CalCPA Campus Ambassador Program

Help spread the word about CalCPA and the CPA profession—applications are being accepted for the CalCPA Campus Ambassador Program.

Campus Ambassadors are students passionate about pursuing a career in accounting and becoming CPAs and will spend approximately 20 hours of work per semester focused on:

  • Building awareness of FREE CalCPA student membership and benefits to students and educators;
  • Increasing visibility of CalCPA on campus; and
  • Strengthening ties between local CalCPA chapters and colleges/universities.

Eligibility requirements and application are available online.
Applications are due Nov. 18.

Wine Industry Conference 2016

CalCPA Committees: Build Leadership Skills, Share Expertise

Want to use your talents at the statewide level? Your opportunity awaits—the application period will soon open to serve on our CalCPA committees for 2017-18. From estate planning to technology, and from personal financial planning to taxation, there’s a committee meeting your interests and expertise.

Please note: If you serve on a state committee and would like to continue, reapplication is necessary.

Serving on state committees allows you to work with your peers on projects that increase members’ technical knowledge, enhance the profession’s image and draw the best and brightest into accounting—all while you build leadership skills and make valuable contacts.

Keep an eye out for details about the application process. Committee appointments will be made in early 2017 and the committee term is May 1–April 30.

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Save the Dates

Board of Directors Meeting
Join us as we plan and discuss issues related to our chapter and CalCPA. Date: Thursday, Nov. 10
Location: The Parlor, Los Angeles
Info: Contact Program Associate Melissa Czepaniewski for more information.

Free Student and Educator Membership

Join today and gain access to CalCPA's full range of professional tools and resources.


Items of Interest

 The College of Business Administration and the College of the Extended University are offering an accelerated master of science in accountancy, designed for working professionals who wish to advance their careers, either as a CPA or in another area of accounting.

Learn more and register.

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Chapter Mentoring

LA Estate Planning Committee

Loyola Master of Tax Law Program Scholarships for 2015-16

Looking for a program on how to structure business operations and transactions to achieve the best tax results? The Loyola Master of Tax Law program is offering full-tuition scholarships for all 2015-16 regularly admitted full-time students.

Find more information contact program director Jennifer Kowal.


Contact Us

Program Associate:
Melissa Czepaniewski
(818) 546-3505

Program Associate:
Tracey Zink
(818) 546-3554

Program Associate:
Jackie Quinn-Piper
(818) 546-3509
Cell: (818) 219-2538

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

330 N. Brand Blvd.; Suite 710
Glendale CA 91203

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