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President's Message

New Beginnings

April 1, 2014

By Cory Stigile, CPA, Esq.

2011-anjeladerosa-web-smWith our chapter’s fiscal year-end approaching, I wanted to thank each of our members for the opportunity of serving you over the last year as chapter president. It was great to be a part of our CPA community and see you at our many networking, educational and other community events. Looking forward, I’m excited to assist incoming president Jillian Phan to implement the many great ideas she has planned for the next year and beyond.

Jillian, a partner at Meloni Hribal Tratner LLP, brings her perspective of practicing in both the assurance and taxation areas. Her leadership has been instrumental in our many successful events this year, including the Asia Business Forum, the Emerging Executives group and bringing back the Los Angeles CalCPA/Sean Brock Foundation 5K/10K.

We’re excited to already see people registering for the 5K/10K. Team registrations for your firm or colleagues are available online. Attorney and banker teams are welcome. Join the team challenge to show your firm’s support for this important Los Angeles community event.

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YEP Corner

April 1, 2014

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.

Save the Dates

Annual YEP Bowling Night

Date: Thursday, April 24
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: XLanes LA; Downtown LA
Cost: $25/member, $35/nonmember
(includes appetizers, one drink ticket, bowling and shoe rental)
Parking: Validated parking is free for three hours
(parking structure is on Alameda Street)

Thank you to our silver sponsor HKG, LLP, for their generous support of CalCPA!

Register now!

Young and Emerging Professionals Committee Networking Mixer with CFALA, NAIFA and YTL

Date: Thursday, May 29
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: The Phoenix; Beverly Hills
Cost: $10/CalCPA, CFALA, NAIFA, YTL member, $20/nonmember (includes appetizers and one drink ticket)
Parking: Valet parking is $5.50. Street parking is free after 6 p.m.

Register now!

For more information on these events and the YEP Committee, contact program associate Emily Ku.

April 9, 2014

Emerging Executives Committee Networking Mixer

Date: Thursday, May 8
: 6-9 p.m.
Location: Ugo Culver City
Cost: $20/member, $30/nonmember

Register now!

Chapter News

Scholarship Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2014-15 scholarship recipients!

  • Cal State Los Angeles: Ke Liu and Ruomeng Li
  • Woodbury University: Leona Ralph and Mariam Martirosyan
  • Loyola Marymount University: Sarah Liaw and Lauren Carandang
  • California State University, Northridge: Richard Gano
  • University of Southern California: Mason Zheng

Meet Your 2014-15 Chapter Leaders

We are proud to announce the following members as incoming leaders for 2014-15:


2011-anjeladerosa-web-smPresident: Jillian N. Phan, CPA
Meloni Hribal Tratner LLP

Jillian is a partner at Meloni Hribal Tratner LLP in Woodland Hills. She was honored by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal as the 2010 Rising Star for Women in Business and has spent more than 16 years in auditing, taxation and accounting. Her related areas of expertise include directing financial audits and other accounting-related projects for clients in food service, manufacturing, wholesaling, distributing, franchises, real estate, entertainment and gaming; coordinating and planning corporate acquisitions, mergers and spinoffs; and providing tax planning, compliance, financial reporting, mergers and bookkeeping services for startup companies.

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Chapter Sponsorship Opportunities

Our chapter held 11 networking events this year, which included partnerships with nine professional organizations, for a total attendance of more than 1,200.

As a sponsor, you have the unique opportunity to promote yourself and your company to reach 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.

Sponsorship fees support the chapter’s scholarship fund, which awards scholarships to accounting students who demonstrate academic excellence and dedication to community service. Your sponsorship makes a critical difference by helping students receive great educations, and helps us identify and nurture future leaders.

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2014-15 Installation of Chapter Officers and Directors

Date: May 15
Time: 6-10 p.m.
Location: Skirball Cultural Museum Center

Come celebrate the installation of the upcoming executives and board members in Monte Carlo style on May 15 as we present Casino Night at the Skirball Cultural Museum Center in West Los Angeles. Guests will enjoy casino games, cocktails, food, music and dancing under the stars.

Learn more and register.

LA Chapter/Sean Brock Foundation 5/10K Run/Walk

We’re partnering with the Sean Brock Foundation for our reinstated 5K/10K run/walk May 17!

The foundation provides resources, educational assistance and scholarships to the families of fallen or wounded service members. The nonprofit organization is named in honor of U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Sean Lee Brock, who died Feb. 2, 2005, from injuries sustained in battle.

Event proceeds will be split between the foundation and our chapter, which awards scholarships to local college/university students studying accounting.

So, get your teams ready for some friendly competition and help raise scholarships funds. Michael Allmon, CPA, of Michael B. Allmon & Associates LLP, is already gearing up for the race and will be leading Team Allmon/Wall-nuts.

THANK YOU to our sponsors Brightline, Hochman Salkin Rettig Toscher & Perez PC, Tom’s, and Road ID for their generous support of CalCPA!

Date: May 17
Time: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Location: Dockweiler State Beach
Register or learn more.

Aug. 8: Hollywood Bowl Night—An Evening with Gladys Knight and Kool & the Gang

The Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight, has been R&B, soul and jazz royalty for decades. She has garnered seven Grammys over her career. Plus, the famously funky Kool & the Gang also will be performing in a double bill that can’t be beat.

Great seats are now available in Sect. F2. Seating is limited; get tickets now! Bring your picnic baskets and join fellow CalCPA members prior to the show. The preshow picnic is in the Camrose area (area no. 15) south of Odin Parking Lot.

Time: 6 p.m.–midnight
Location: Hollywood Bowl
Learn more and register.

Tax Night 2014 with FTB Executive Officer Selvi Stanislaus

Date: June 11
Location: The L.A. Hotel Downtown

This chapter Taxation Committee event is co-hosted with the Los Angeles County Bar Association Taxation Section.

For event sponsorship information, please email program associate Sandy Benitez or call (818) 546-3505.

Asia Business Forum

Date: June 28
Time: 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location: California State University, Los Angeles

Join us as we, in association with Beta Alpha Psi, host the third annual Asia Business Forum. The day will feature captivating and informative discussions, as well as opportunities to network with business leaders and leading professionals in international trade. We will feature expert panels to discuss Asia-Pacific capital raising and investment outlook, as well as update sessions covering cross-border due diligence support, transfer pricing and EB-5 case studies.

For event sponsorship and program information, email program associate Jackie Quinn-Piper or call (818) 546-3509.

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.

Save the Dates

San Fernando Valley Business Journal
CFO of the Year Event

Deadline to submit nominations:
Wednesday, April 30

Board of Directors Meeting
Join us as we plan and discuss issues related to our chapter and CalCPA.

Date: Thursday, May 8
Time: 8–10 a.m.
Location: Skirball Cultural Center Museum
Info: Contact CalCPA Program Associate
Sandy Benitez

2014-2015 Los Angeles Chapter Installation of Officers and Directors
Date: May 15
Time: 6–10 p.m.
Location: Skirball Cultural Museum Center

Come celebrate the installation of the upcoming executives and board members in Monte Carlo style on May 15 as we present Casino Night at the Skirball Cultural Museum Center in West Los Angeles. Guests will enjoy casino games, cocktails, food, music and dancing under the stars.

Free Student and Educator Membership

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Items of Interest

2014 Women’s Leadership Forum

MSA Field Study Experience

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Chapter Mentoring

Chapter News and Information

American Bar Association ~ Section of International Law China Committee

May 2, 2014 - Los Angeles

1:00 – 9:00 p.m.

For registration information, please contact: Robin G. Kaptzan at robinkaptzan@hllawyers.com

New Master of Tax Program

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles is launching a Master of Tax Law program designed to equip non-lawyers with the skills necessary to excel in the practice of tax planning and consulting and satisfy the “fifth year” requirements of California CPA licensure. Courses will be taught by many of the faculty of Loyola’s Tax LLM program, the No. 1 tax law program in the West as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. The highly selective program seeks applicants with strong accounting, finance or economics backgrounds with GMAT scores of 710 or higher. All students entering in the 2014-2015 inaugural academic year will receive full scholarships. More information.

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

Program Associate:
Sandy Benitez
(818) 546-3505
Cell: (818) 235-7765

Program Associate:
Emily Ku
(818) 546-3502
Cell: (818) 235-8577

Program Associate:
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