Baseball fields, Hill visits, and an evolving profession

August 1, 2019

by Kari T. Patterson, 2019-20 OSCPA Board Chair

This time of year, most accountants have more time to enjoy what we like to do outside of work. Personally, on several nights each week, you will find me at a baseball field somewhere in Oregon watching my son play. While visiting baseball fields all over the state, I‘ve noticed that many of them have a sign in the outfield recognizing a CPA sponsorship. It’s awesome to see the support that this profession provides to youth athletics.

Late spring and early summer are a busy time at the OSCPA. A couple weeks after the Strategic Leadership Forum, a group of volunteers representing the Society attended the AICPA Spring Council meeting and participated in visits to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Every two years, the spring council meeting is held in DC to provide an opportunity for state CPA society representatives from across the nation to visit their U.S. Congressional delegates in the House and Senate. This event allows your Society leadership to advocate for current issues facing the accounting profession and, importantly, build key relationships between the Oregon accounting profession and our U.S. Senators and Representatives.

In addition to the Capitol Hill visits, the spring council meeting brings together state CPA society leaders to discuss professional issues and future directions. The theme for this year’s meeting was “Reimagine,” with a continued focus on changing the profession to keep up with current needs and demands.

An update on the CPA Evolution project took place, providing the context for discussing rapidly needed changes in the accounting profession. Whether we use the word “reimagine” or “evolution” doesn’t matter. What does matter is changing how we think and work. When I was in public accounting working on audits, we would take briefcases of binders to the client — one set of prior year workpapers and one set for the current year — along with our ledger paper and colored pencils for proper tick marks. Imagine trying to do an audit that way today.

It’s just as likely that the way we are doing things now is not the way we’ll do them in the future. While there may not be agreement among accountants on how the profession should look in the next five, 10, 20, or 50 years, having a healthy debate about what is important to the profession and the options for change is a must, and this is what the AICPA is doing for us.

These are exciting times for our profession. Between the broad scope of the accounting landscape and the specific health insurance industry where I work, I am never bored. That makes it all the more important to take the time for baseball games.
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