Spring Board Chair Column: A Major ‘Get To’

by By William Simer, CPA, WSCPA Chair for 2015-16 | May 03, 2016

I have a way of describing life as being made up of “Get To’s” and “Have To’s” and being the Chair of the WSCPA has been a major “Get To” for me. It’s hard to believe that by the time you read this my year as Chair will be nearing its end. It has gone more quickly than I could ever have imagined. Along the way I’ve had the opportunity to work with a wonderful Board of Directors of qualified and enthusiastic colleagues, an incredible staff, and a supportive group of members. We set out this year to visit local chapter meetings throughout the state, and I’ve had the opportunity to take part in two of these visits. I’ve been impressed with the dedication that chapter leaders and members alike have shown to our profession, and to supporting the WSCPA. Along the way I’ve made new friends and renewed old friendships.

As I step back to consider the accomplishments of this year, our work with the State Board of Accountancy and our Foundation to establish a major scholarship program has to rank at the top. You’ll read more about this on page 24, but I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone who worked to make this happen. It’s been a great success and we’re just getting started.

In the first quarter of this year we’ve been directly engaged to draft legislation and work with both the Washington State House and Senate to bring forward important bills that will provide firm mobility and bring the definition of attest in the Washington State Accountancy Act into closer conformity with the Uniform Accountancy Act. The leadership of the Washington State Board of Accountancy worked closely with us on this legislation and it has passed out of both the House and the Senate and awaits the Governor’s signature.

The year also featured significant developments in the U.S. CGMA designation. The Board and Council of the AICPA have approved Non-CPA CGMA members in the U.S. as was the case outside the U.S. prior to these votes. Starting April 18, AICPA members are being asked to vote on the formation of an international joint venture between the AICPA and the Charted Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to advocate for the accounting profession on an international scale. These changes represent significant developments for our profession on a global scale. The role of the WSCPA in this transition will be the subject of much discussion over the next several months, and we’ll examine and debate both the potential opportunities and potential challenges that may be available to us. We’ll be critical in our examination of these issues, and will welcome the input of our members as we chart a course.

The common thread that I’ve noted throughout all of this past year is the significance of dedicated and engaged individuals who have stepped up to be active participants in leading our profession. That leadership can take many paths, from working with your local chapter to being active in committees at the state or even the national level. These opportunities rarely come your way without some individual initiative so that’s the message I’m going to leave you with as I conclude my term as Chair. Woody Allen said that 80 percent of success is showing up, and I think he’s got it right. So, the next time you read about a local chapter activity, see a request for help in reviewing scholarship applications or an invitation to join a committee or task force, say “yes” and then show up. You’ll “get to” be part of something larger than yourself, and the friends you make along the way make participation both meaningful and enjoyable. To learn about upcoming chapter events, join a committee or become a volunteer, visit What are you waiting for?

Bill SimerWilliam Simer, CPA, is Partner with Eide Bailly LLP in Spokane.

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