What are the top five issues facing Maryland CFOs, controllers and management accountants? What is their outlook on their businesses? On Maryland’s economy? On the U.S. economy? How future-ready are they?
These questions were answered by more than 100 CPAs, CFOs, controllers, and management accountants at the Maryland Association of CPAs’ Professional Issues Update / town hall meeting for members in business and industry, held on March 20 in Towson, Md.
Those in attendance responded to interactive survey questions via the MACPA’s interactive conference-participation app, powered by Conferences.io
The group was comprised predominately of CFOs, controllers, and management accountants with 23.6 years of experience. Forty-four percent have the CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant) designation, 6 percent have the CITP (Certified Information Technology Professional) designation, 3 percent have the IIA (Institute of Internal Auditors) designation, and 3 percent have the CMA (Certified Management Accountant) designation. Forty-four percent have other designations as well. Eighty percent work in business, industry, and non-profit areas of Maryland.
Only 6 percent identify themselves as “future-ready” — defined as the capacity to be aware, predictive, and adaptive of emerging challenges, technology innovations, and trends and changes in business, population, and social environment. Forty-eight percent say they are “getting stuck in the day-to-day” and 46 percent say they are spending more time on future and strategic work. Fifty-six percent say they spend less than half of their time on traditional accounting and financial reporting functions.
Regarding economic issues, 54 percent are very optimistic or somewhat optimistic about their businesses’ economic outlook, while 45 percent are optimistic about Maryland’s economic outlook. Only 35 percent are optimistic about the U.S. economy, citing health care, government debt, and an uncertain regulatory climate as major issues.
The top five Issues they identified are:
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