Introducing WSCPA’s New President & CEO: Kimberly D. Scott, CAE

by David Miniken, CPA, CGMA, WSCPA Chair for 2016-17 | Jul 05, 2017

Over the past six months, the WSCPA staff and Board of Directors have endeavored to keep our membership informed of the process regarding selecting a new CEO. Our CEO Search Task Force, comprised of a broad cross-section of our membership, met many times to make sure our process would result in finding the best possible CEO for the WSCPA. This was a highly desirable position, and we were fortunate to meet with many qualified candidates. I am extremely proud of the process, and even happier with the result – Kimberly Scott was the strongest candidate from a deep pool of applicants. I want to express my sincere gratitude to each of our members on the CEO Search Task Force; they invested significant time, energy, and passion into this search process and were incredibly impressive.

For those of you who have not yet met Kimberly, I would like to use this opportunity to make an introduction. In her 16 years with the WSCPA she has overseen membership recruitment and retention, conferences, college relationships, networking events, financial literacy programs and many other areas. She initiated programs to grow membership, focusing on young professionals. She drove growth in our “Under 30” membership population, increasing this group from 7% of our membership in 2006 to 26% in 2010. Her success in growing this next generation of WSCPA members will bear fruit for years to come.

Kimberly has also served as Executive Director of the Washington CPA Foundation, which provides scholarships to accounting students in Washington and supports future PhDs. She was instrumental in securing $3.3 million in funding from the Washington State Legislature to use as seed money for scholarships; as a result, this spring our Foundation will award $300,000 in scholarships.

Kimberly is passionate about her community. A former Girl Scout leader, she now chairs the City of Kirkland’s Human Services Advisory Committee, which focuses on ensuring that adequate levels of human services are available to Kirkland residents. She also serves on the board of Leadership Eastside, a leadership enrichment program enhancing the skills of local leaders in the business, non-profit, and government sectors. Kimberly has benefited from Rich Jones’ influence and she, in turn, enjoys developing the leadership skills of the WSCPA staff as well as those of our members who serve in leadership roles within our committees and chapters.

Kimberly has the perfect blend of experience, having played an instrumental role in developing our newest generation of members while at the same time earning the respect of our leaders in Olympia and at the AICPA. I have no doubt she is the right person to lead us going forward and I look forward to working with her for years to come.

This is an exciting time to be a member of the WSCPA! Your Board of Directors, committee leaders, chapter leaders, and the WSCPA staff are passionate in their desire to ensure the organization maintains its relevancy to its members. We are always looking for more volunteers, so if you have a desire to make a positive impact on your profession (and make some new friends at the same time), please contact any of the staff. The WSCPA staff and volunteers are truly impressive, and I encourage you to go out of your way to introduce yourself the next time you attend a conference, a seminar, or a networking event.

I would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve as Chairman of your Board of Directors. It has been an honor and a privilege, and has been the highlight of my career (so far).

Dave Miniken, CPA, CGMA, WSCPA Chair for 2016-2017

About the Author

Dave Miniken is the WSCPA Chair for 2016-2017 and an audit shareholder at Sweeney Conrad in Bellevue. You can reach him at

This article appeared in the spring 2017 issue of WashingtonCPA Magazine. Read more here.

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