MACPA members account for only about 1 percent of CPAs worldwide, but their influence is far greater.
Each year, Accounting Today publishes its list of the 100 most influential people in accounting. This year, five exceptional MACPA members made the cut.
Lyle Benson is president and founder of L.K. Benson & Company. An MACPA member since his licensure in 1982, Lyle has served the MACPA and the AICPA for several years. After serving on the MACPA Personal Financial Planning Committee for many years, he joined the AICPA PFP Executive Committee, where he now serves as chair.
Wayne Berson is CEO of BDO USA, LLP, and chair of the Global Board of Directors of BDO International, Ltd. An MACPA member since 1991, Wayne served early in his career on the association’s Business Valuation and Litigation Services Committee. He recently served on the Appeal Bonds Task Force (http://www.macpa.org/blog/4535/maryland-s-2015-legislative-victories-underscore-the-value-of-associations) that scored a major victory for Maryland business last year. Through a series of well orchestrated mergers, Berson is on track to make BDO only the seventh firm in the country with more than $1 billion in annual revenue.
Ed Karl is vice president of taxation at the AICPA and a member of MACPA since 1977, the year he became a CPA. In his role, Ed is responsible for the review, formulation, and submission to Congress, the Treasury Department, and the Internal Revenue Service of technical and policy recommendations. He also serves as the principal liaison for the AICPA with the Internal Revenue Service. The profession relies on Ed to keep CPAs ahead of the ever-growing tax code.
Jody Padar is CEO and principal of New Vision CPA Group in Chicago, Ill. Though Jody is an Illinois CPA, she has maintained membership with the MACPA since 2012. Her book, The Radical CPA: New Rules for the Future Ready Firm, lays out a blueprint for what she calls the “new firm.” After taking over her father’s firm four years ago, she has become one of the profession’s emerging thought leaders in all things social and cloud.
Last but not least, our own visionary leader, Tom Hood, makes the list again. As Accounting Today remarked, “His greatest attribute isn’t that he consistently glimpses into the future more quickly than the rest of us (though he does). It’s that he’s able to bring it back to the present and serve as its tireless, inspiring and effective champion.” I’ll add that he isn’t just the tireless, inspiring and effective champion for the future of the profession, but for the MACPA’s staff and members as well. Also worth noting, Tom ranked No. 2 on Accounting Today’s list, just below AICPA CEO Barry Melancon.
Each influencer was asked by Accounting Today, “What is the most important issue currently facing the accounting profession?” Here’s what the MACPA’s influential members had to say: