Even a Nerd Can Be Heard, 2007-present; Brotemarkle, Davis & Co. LLP, 2007-present ...Vice president,
Sage Software, 2004-2007 ... Vice president, Accpac,
2002-2004 ... COO, Accounting Software Advisor,
2002 ... COO, Elliott Davis Technology Solutions,
2001-2002 ... Director of product marketing and strategic alliances, Navision US, 1999-2002; manager,
CPA Alliances, 1998-1999 ... Project management
software trainer and implementer, Evans Technology, 1995-1998 ... Partner, Gross Duke & Nelson,
1991-1995 ... Software consultant, Software Management, 1990-1991 ... Contract controller, 1989-1990 ...
Corporate tax director, Dental Research Corp., 1988-
1989 ... Corporate tax manager, Super Valu, 1986-
1988 ... To senior accountant, Deloitte, Haskins and
Other A;liations: Instructor, WISE Academy, 2009-
present ... Author, How to Make a Boring Subject
Interesting ... Mentor Plus Consulting Accountants
Roundtable ... XBRL steering committees ... Girl
Education: University of North Carolina, 1981, BSBA
Concentration in Accounting.
Personal: Born 1959, Atlanta ... Married to Charles
... Two children.
President and CEO,
A CPA himself, Wyle continues to expand one of the
leading set of tax work;ow
tools, relieving other CPAs,
accountants and tax practitioners of much of
the drudgery of tax prep, and freeing them up
to pursue higher-value services.
Career Highlights: President and CEO, SurePrep
LLC, 2002-present ... President and CEO, ePace Software, 1997-2002 ... Senior tax associate, Coopers &
Education: University of California at Santa Barbara,
1994, Business Economics.
Personal: Born 1972, Santa Monica, Calif. ... Married
to Carmen ... One son and one daughter.
consultant and COO,
A veteran — and popular
— speaker, Wiley will put
another scheduled 13 industry events under her belt by the end of this
year, in addition to the webinars on leadership she presents and her 14th year leading a
symposium for HR and learning professionals. ;is year she also launched a program
for select, progressive managing partners to
share best practices.
Career Highlights: Shareholder, chief operating of-;cer and senior consultant, Boomer Consulting Inc.,
1995-present ... Vice president of human resources,
FirstBank, 1989-1994 ... Financial analyst, First Interstate Bank, 1979-1988.
Other A;liations: Member, AT Advisory Group ...
Creator, ;e CEO Advantage Program ... Team member, ;e Advisory Board ... Past committee member
and marketing leader, Tech+ Conference Committee,
AICPA ... Guest lecturer, Kansas State University ...
Co-publisher, Performance3 ... Board president and
campaign chair, United Way of Riley County ... Board
member, Manhattan Crisis Center ... Youth director,
Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Education: Friends University, 1990, BS Human Resources.
Personal: Born 1960, Sta;ord, Kan. ... Married to
Doug ... ;ree children.
Blog/Twitter: www.thinkplangrow.net /
Wilson’s widespread consulting e;orts bring partner accountability and
performance into focus
for a range of practitioner
clients and conference
audiences, with particular
emphasis on young leadership. She connects with this demographic
through her social media network and new
online tools like a recently launched e-book
on successful “straight talk.”
Career Highlights: Co-founder and owner, ConvergenceCoaching LLC, 2000-present ... Co-founder
and principal, Success Strategists, 1999-2000; 1995-
1997 ... National director, Financial Solutions Group,
BDO Seidman, 1997-1999 ... Vice president of sales
and customer services, State of the Art Inc., 1989-
1995 ... Regional sales manager, Pro Systems Inc.,
Other A;liations: Advisory Board, Bill.com ... New
Horizons Group ... Digital Education Committee, Association for Accounting Marketing ... Association
for Accounting Administration ... CPA Leadership
Panel ... iShade Faculty ... Past chair, Tech Committee, AICPA; Workload Compression Task Force ...
American Marketing Association ... International
Coach Federation ... Founding member and board
member, Information Technology Alliance ... Board
member and youth leader, Episcopal Church.
Education: University of Nebraska, 2002, BS Marketing ... Landmark Education, Curriculum for Living
Personal: Born 1964, Hahn Air Force Base, Germany
... Married to Brian ... ;ree daughters.
A frequent speaker on sales
and use taxes, Yetter is one
of the foremost experts on
dealing with state taxing
authorities — which makes sense, since she
used to work for one.
Career Highlights: President, Yetter Consulting,
1996-present ... Tax manager, Arthur Andersen,
1989-1996 ... Sales tax accountant, Quaker Oats Co.,
1988-1989 ... Auditor II, Kansas Department of Revenue, 1985-1988.
Other A;liations: Founder, Sales Tax Institute
... Certi;ed Implementation Partner and trainer,
;omson Reuters Indirect Tax (Sabrix) ... Certi;ed
Training and TDM Specialist, Vertex ... Institute of
Professionals in Taxation ... Council on State Taxation ... Chicago Tax Club ... Association for Computers and Taxation ... AICPA ... Illinois CPA Society ...
Institute of Management Accountants; Institute of
Finance & Management ... Author, Information Technology Association of America Software & Services
State Tax Report; Drop Shipments: Taxation, Compliance and Planning; Multistate Guide to Sales and
Use Tax: Manufacturing ... Taxation Committee, Chi-cagoland Chamber of Commerce ... Executive Committee, Advisory Board, University of Kansas School
of Business; adjunct professor ... Union League Club
Education: DePaul University, 1994, MS Taxation ...
University of Kansas, 1985, BS Accounting and Business Administration.
Personal: Born 1963, Chicago.
No ‘i’ in Melancon
Co-founder and owner,
Preparer Office, IRS
Williams is spearheading
the IRS’s e;orts to regulate
the tax preparation profes-
sion. After registering more
than 700,000 tax preparers, the IRS is now roll-
ing out its testing and continuing education
initiatives, and Williams will play a crucial
role in ensuring those are a success.
Career Highlights: Executive leader, return preparer
regulation implementation, Internal Revenue Service, 2010-present; director, Electronic Tax Administration and Refundable Credits, 2007-present; director, EITC, Health Coverage Tax Credit and Telephone
Excise Tax Refund programs; chief of communications and liaison, 1998-2003 ... Deputy assistant secretary for tax and legislative a;airs — tax and budget,
U.S. Treasury, 1997-1998 ... Legislative director and
tax policy advisor, Sen. Bill Bradley, 1996-1997 ... Assistant sta; director, U.S. Senate Committee on the
Education: John F. Kennedy School of Government,
Harvard University, MPP ... Colorado State University, BS.
As always, we ask the candidates for the Top 100 to name the three people they think are the most in;uential in accounting. ;e answers, re;ecting the ever-increasing scope and reach of the profession, ranged widely, with the 122 candidates responding nam- ing a total of 124 in;uences. Among all that diversity, though, one trend continues: the prominence of AICPA president Barry Melancon. While they may not all know exactly how to spell his name (it has neither an “i” nor an “s”), almost half of respondents named him, roughly three times as many as cited his nearest competitors, SEC chair Mary Schapiro and FASB chair Leslie Seidman, who are themselves über-in;uential. Institute personnel did particularly well this year, with Jim Metzler, Mark Koziel and Erik Asgeirsson all garnering signi;cant mentions, but while the usual slate of regulators received their due, two government ;gures saw their support dwindle: Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner were both considered signi;cantly less in;uential on the profes- sion this year than last.