We all have our 9/11 stories – the things we remember most when we think back to that terrible day.

As America observes the 20th anniversary of the attacks, it seemed appropriate that we here at “Future-Proof” should also recognize the anniversary in some way.

So much has changed since then, and I wanted to explore that from the perspective of our profession. So I sat down recently and spoke with a handful of accounting and finance leaders to gain some of their perspectives — to hear their 9/11 stories and find how they think this profession has been impacted by what happened 20 years ago.

To mark the occasion, we’ll going to hear from the following:

  • AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon.
  • Tom Hood, executive vice president of business growth and engagement with the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants.
  • Jessica McClain, controller for Brand USA and a member of The MACPA Foundation.
  • Ed Rommel, a retired CPA, a former partner with TRS CPA Group, and a former chair of the Maryland Association of CPAs’ Board of Directors.
  • Tim Samuel, CFO of Bridgeway Community Church and a member of the MACPA’s Board of Directors.
  • Lexy Kessler, a partner with Aronson and current MACPA Board Chair.
  • And MACPA President and CEO Jackie Brown.

Just a little time out this week for some reflection — and some time to look forward a bit as well.

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Future-Proof is a production of Crate Media.

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