New year, new challenges, new vectors of influence
ObamaCare. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Preparer registration. The expiring Bush tax cuts.
Those sweeping events represent just some of the quan-
tum change that the CPA profession will be bracing for over
the next year.
After struggling to help their clients traverse one of the
worst economic landscapes in nearly 80 years, the profession is bracing for another round of potentially game-chang-ing events, this time in the form of health care and financial
reform legislation that could impact not only their client
base, but the traditional guidelines of how they conduct
business — to say nothing of a host of new technologies,
new firm structures, new media and much more.
But as with the accounting scandals of nearly a decade ago
and the recent financial crisis, the profession has again dem-
onstrated that it’s up for any and all challenges — whether
they emanate from Washington or internally.
And this year’s roster of our Top 100 Most Influential
People will no doubt be at the forefront of those efforts.
Each year with this issue, our staff faces its own challenge
— that of whittling down several hundred deserving nomi-
nees into the 100 people we feel are the changemakers and
thought leaders of the profession.
Given what has transpired on Capitol Hill over the past
year, selecting our 2010 century roster was especially chal-
lenging, and not surprisingly, elicited a number of “spirited”
debates among our editorial ranks.
While there are many “regulars” re-appearing on this
year’s feature, the 2010 Most Influential also includes a num-
ber of newcomers whose profiles have risen significantly in
the recent past.
There have also been some notable deletions of former
T100 members, but that does not rule out their return, by
We feel we also have some exciting and thought-provok-
ing additions to our “Ones to Watch” category — folks who
definitely merit a close look for their accomplishments.
So, the staff at Accounting Today presents the 2010 class of
the Top 100 Most Influential People as they prepare to meet
a host of new challenges.
CEO, XCM Solutions/
Workflow has become one
of the most important tools
a CPA firm can have, and
Albrecht has positioned
XCM at the forefront of the workflow revolution, not least through recently joining the
CPA2Biz Trusted Business Advisor Solutions
Career Highlights: CEO, XCM Solutions/Xpitax,
2001-present … Founder and shareholder, KAF Financial Group, 1991-2009 … Partner, Kennedy & Lehan,
1983-1991 … Partner, Ryan & Albrecht, 1981-1983 …
Staff accountant, Gerald T. Reilly CPAs, 1978-1981 …
Staff accountant, Arthur Andersen, 1976-1978.
Other Affiliations: AICPA … Massachusetts Society
of CPAs … Trustee, Eastern Bank.
Education: Bentley College, 1981, Master of Taxation
… Boston College, 1976, BA Acctg.
Personal: Born 1953, Boston … Married to Mary …
Chairman and CEO,
Besides heading up the
West Coast’s biggest firm,
Anderson is also chair of a
high-profile panel working
on the eternally vexed question of standards
for private companies. Will he and his panel
be the ones to finally cut the Gordian Knot?
Career Highlights: Chairman and CEO, Moss Ad-
ams, 2004-present; president and COO, 1999-2004;
director of operations, 1993-1999; director of ac-
counting and auditing, 1984-1993; partner, 1980.
Other Affiliations: Chair, Blue Ribbon Panel on Pri-
vate Entity Accounting Standards … Vice chair, Prax-
ity Management Board and Governing Council …
Past member, AICPA Council; past chair, Major Firms
Group … Trustee, Financial Accounting Foundation.
Education: Western Washington University, 1973,
Personal: Born 1951, Chehalis, Wash. … Married to
Lori … Two children.
Having successfully nego-
tiated last year’s ugly trial
separation from audit and
attest firm McGladrey &
Pullen, Andrews was able to focus on other
things — like this summer’s acquisition of
Top 100 Firm Caturano & Co.
Career Highlights: President, RSM McGladrey,
2009-present … President and CEO, SLM Corp.,
2008; executive VP of accounting and risk management, 2003 … Head, worldwide audit and business
advisory practice, Arthur Andersen, 2001-2002; partner, 1984; joined, 1974.
Other Affiliations: Advisory Board, Pamplin College
of Business, Virginia Tech … Immediate past chair,
Junior Achievement of Washington, D. C.
Education: Virginia Tech, 1974, Bachelor’s Acctg.
Personal: Born 1952, Covington, Va. … Married …
President and CEO,
While perhaps best known
for helping firms develop
new compensation plans
— he literally wrote the book on the subject
— Aquila is also a force in many other areas
of consulting, not least firm M&A.
Career Highlights: President, Aquila Global Advisors, 1995-present … CEO, Chantrey Capital Advisors, 2007-present … Director of practice management consulting, The Growth Partnership, 2003-2005
… To VP of M&A, American Express Tax & Business
Services, 1994-2003 … Senior VP, PDI, 1987-1994 …
Partner, Friedman, Eisenstein, Raemer & Schwartz
CPAs, 1983-1994 … Adjunct professor of marketing,
DePaul University Graduate School of Business,
1980-1994 … Group director of marketing, Coopers
& Lybrand, 1979-1983.
Other Affiliations: Founding board member, Association for Accounting Marketing … Author, CPA Firm
Merger Strategies That Work; CPAs That Sell; Breaking
the Paradigm: New Approaches to Pricing Accounting
Services; Client at the Core; Compensation as a Strategic Asset … Contributing author, The Marketing Advantage; How to Hire a Marketing Director and Make
it Work; Bull’s Eye! The Ultimate How-To Marketing &
Sales Guide for CPAs.
Education: Indiana University, Ph.D … DePaul University, MBA, BA.
Personal: Born 1946, Chicago … Married to Emily
Haliziw … One daughter.
CEO and managing
Armanino may want to
start bottling his growth
elixir: Already nationally known for his forward-thinking management style, he has almost tripled his firm’s revenue and workforce
during his tenure.
Career Highlights: CEO and MP, Armanino McKenna, 2004-present; partner-in-charge of audit, 1994-
2004; senior staff professional, audit, 1989-1994 …
Senior staff professional, Arthur Young, 1987-1989.
Other Affiliations: Chairman, Moore Stephens
North America … Director, Moore Stephens International … AICPA … California Society of CPAs.
Education: Santa Clara University, Bachelor’s, 1987.
Personal: Born 1965, Oakland, Calif. … Married to
Denise … Three children.
With CPA2Biz firmly established as a resource
for accountants, Asgeirsson has been busy
building a stable of Trusted
Business Advisor Solutions
that bring the best of cloud-
based software to accoun-
tants through alliances
with leading vendors.
Career Highlights: CEO, CPA-
2Biz, 2002-present; VP of pro-
fessional services, 2000-2002 … To sales director,
Business Services Division, AT&T, 1990-2000.
Other Affiliations: National Peace Corps Associa-
tion ... Former Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania.
Education: Stern School of Business, New York Uni-
versity, MBA ... George Washington University, BS
Now in his second five-year
term as chairman, Attmore
continues to pursue a busy
agenda, with projects on
controversial issues such as public pension
reporting, public-private partnerships, per-
formance reporting, and fiscal sustainability
Career Highlights: Chairman, Governmental Accounting Standards Board, 2004-present ... President, Attmore & Associates, 2003-2004 ... Deputy
state comptroller, New York, 1986-2003; director of
internal audit, Office of Mental Health, 1979-1984 ...
Audit manager, Deloitte Haskins & Sells, 1971-1979.
Other Affiliations: Trustee, Academy for Government Accountability ... Board of Advisors, Masters in
Government Accounting Program, Rutgers Business
School … Past president, National State Auditors Association ... Advisory Council, U.S. Government Auditing Standards ... AICPA.
Education: Villanova University, 1971, BS.
Personal: Born 1945, Kearny, N.J. ... Married ... One