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President's Message

Council Meeting Discussions

December 1, 2014

By Karl-Heinz Lachnit, CPA

 I had the opportunity to attend the CalCPA Council meeting Nov. 5 in Los Angeles. There were, as usual, the normal business items. We had an update on our statewide membership, which was down since my first annual council meeting in June 2013, but understand that this dip in the 38,000 plus members from more than 40,000 a little more than a year ago is mostly due to timing.

We also had quite an interesting presentation from the president of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). NABA started in 1969 with nine members and has grown into a nationwide association. At the outset of her presentation she had all of us answer some basic questions that, in short, made most of us realize the lack of our understanding of diversity in our society.

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Chapter News

A Little Can Go a Long Way: Year-end Donations

Please consider contributing to our chapter’s Scholarship Fund. Each year we award scholarships to outstanding accounting students from 13 of our local colleges and universities.

Download a contribution form or donate online.

Honorees Night: An Evening to Remember! Celebrating the Past, Present & Future

Thursday, Jan. 29
Time: 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: Doubletree Hotel, San Jose

Join us as we honor outstanding students and accounting profession veterans for their accomplishments and contributions. The evening starts with an appetizer reception, followed by an inspiring program and delicious dinner. The night will include the recognition of:

  • Scholarship award recipients
  • Lifetime achievement award recipient
  • Past chapter presidents
  • 40-year life members

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Please contact program associate Stephanie Stewart or committee chair
Roger Laux
for more information.

Register or learn more.

2015-16 Slate of Officers and Directors

The chapter board has approved the following slate of officers and directors for 2015–16 as proposed by the chapter’s Nomination Committee. Eligible chapter members will receive a separate email at a later date asking for the approval of the proposed slate.

President: Lynda R. Boman (Boman Accounting Group, Inc.)
Vice President: Jonathan Straus (Lautze & Lautze)
Secretary: Robert A. Lee (Robert Lee & Associates)
Treasurer: Megan Thompson (Thompson Accounting)
Past President: Karl-Heinz Lachnit (Landrum & Company, Inc.)

(Second year of a two-year term 2014-16)
Mark R. Daines (GALLINA LLP)
Perry J. Forschino (Veyna & Forschino)
Gerald Nangoy (eBay)
Amanda M. Oberg (Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP)

(First year of a two-year term 2015-17)
Ruoyu Loughry
Annette Nellen (San Jose State University)
Philip V. Taluban (Ocean Mist Farms)
Barry Wen (Burr Pilger Mayer, Inc.)

CalCPA Council Representatives (2015-16)
Lynda R. Boman (Boman Accounting Group, Inc.)
Perry J. Forschino (Veyna & Forschino)
Karl-Heinz Lachnit (Landrum & Company, Inc.)
Jonathan Straus (Lautze & Lautze)

CalCPA News

Jan. 21: CPA Day at the Capitol

CPA Day at the Capitol is one of the most important events for CalCPA members to attend. During each legislative session, bills are introduced that impact you, your clients or your employer. As the business climate continues to change and new legislators take office, we need to build bipartisan relationships with those who share our commitment to the CPA profession. Take a proactive approach to increasing your voice in the political arena and help policymakers understand the issues facing California CPAs.

Register Today.

Upcoming Conferences: The Gifts That Keep on Giving

Unwrap knowledge that will help carry you through 2014 and into 2015 at our Education Foundation December conferences, including our inaugural Startup Business Conference:

  • Dec. 8: Wine Industry (live or webcast)
  • Dec. 9: Wine Industry Fundamentals (live and webcast)
  • Dec. 12: International Tax (live and webcast)

Find more information and register today online.

Dec. 11: Startup Business Conference

A startup begins with a great idea, but seasoned entrepreneurs and CPAs know that after the great idea comes the challenges of building a successful business. From patent issues to payroll taxes, business owners and the accounting professionals who advise them need to know more than just how to positively impact the bottom line.

Funding options, employment issues and selecting the right business advisers are only a few of the hot topics that will be covered at the 2014 Startup Business Conference. Designed to meet the needs of both business owners and the professionals who partner with them, you won't want to miss learning the secrets in the world of startups.

CPE: 8 Hours
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel; San Jose

Register today

Membership News

Waste No Food

Waste No Food is a non-profit, started by 15 year old Kiran Sridhar, that provides a web-based "marketplace" allowing excess food to be donated from the food service industry to qualified charities that work with the needy.

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Local Interest Groups

From technical committees to discussion groups, the Silicon Valley San Jose Chapter offers a variety of opportunities to exchange information and connect with your peers. Lists committees or other information within the chapter.


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

Program Associate:
Stephanie Stewart
(408) 983-1122

1800 Gateway Drive, Ste. 200
San Mateo, CA 94404-4072

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