In memoriam: Longtime MACPA lobbyist George Manis dies at 85

Posted By: Bill Sheridan on August 19, 2014 in Legislative / Regulatory
CPAs in Maryland and beyond are mourning the loss of a true friend and advocate. George Nick Manis, best known to MACPA members as the co-founder of Manis Canning & Associates, the lobbying firm that has worked tirelessly with the MACPA to protect CPAs and their clients before Maryland’s General Assembly, died unexpectedly on Aug. 13 at the age of 85. “George’s knowledge of our state’s government and his savvy lobbying instincts were hugely important to our...

Are you ready for the shift change?

Can you hear the shift change whistle? Because today the whistle is blowing for the accounting profession. The shift change is the transfer of the retiring baby boomers to the next generation of leaders that will be taking the helm in the next few years. Except this time it is not the same as the shipyard. This time the incoming shift will require a new set of skills and tools to continue the work of the prior shift. This time it's different. The three mega-trends of technology, demographics, and...

Are you a CGMA?

The Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation by the AICPA is recognition of the unique management accounting skills of today's finance and accounting professionals serving organziations in business and industry, government, and non-profit sectors. Since its inception, qualifying CPAs in the U.S. (members of AICPA and state CPA societies) have been able to obtain this designation with three years of qualifying experience. That will no longer be sufficient after Jan. 1, 2015, when the...

AICPA panel urges firms to make sure they comply with out-of-state registration rules

The AICPA’s State Regulation and Legislation Team is urging CPA firms that perform attest engagements to make sure they are complying with out-of-state registration requirements. The recommendation comes as some state boards of accountancy are prompting out-of-state firms that operate in their states to ensure they have met the registration requirements. Here’s more directly from the AICPA: “The impetus for the renewed focus on this matter stems from a heightened focus by...

Newton’s biggest breakthrough? The power of thinking big

Posted By: Bill Sheridan on August 13, 2014 in Business Strategy&Leadership / Management
Think you’ve got some big ideas? Think again. I’m binge-watching “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself that favor. It’s on Netflix now. Anyway, the third episode spends a big chunk of time examining the extraordinary life and times of Sir Isaac Newton. In 1687, with no guiding knowledge on which to build and the world’s leading “scientists” attacking his ideas as dangerous at best...

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