Other Affiliations: Board member, American Conservative Union; Hispanic Leadership Fund; National Rifle Association ... Contributing editor, American
Spectator ... Advisory Board, GOProud ... Co-founder, Islamic Free Market Institute ... Author, Leave Us
Alone: Getting the Government’s Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives; Rock the House ... National
Commission to Restructure the IRS, 1996-1997.
Education: Harvard University, 1981, MBA; 1978, BA
Personal: Born 1956, Sharon, Pa. ... Married to Salma
... Two daughters.
President of the
Rightly or wrongly, the
profession and the country as a whole are looking
to the president to get the
economy moving again and set an agenda for
recovery and growth in the U.S.
Career Highlights: President of the United States,
2009-present ... U.S. Senator, 2005-2008 ... Illinois
Senate, 1997-2004 ... Senior lecturer, University of
Chicago Law School, 1996-2004; professor of constitutional law, 1992-1996 ... Of counsel, Davis, Miner,
Barnhill & Galland, 1996-2004; associate, 1993-1996
... Director, Project Vote, 1992 ... Community organizer, Developing Communities Project, 1985-1988
... New York Public Interest Group, 1984 ... Business
International Corp., 1983
Other Affiliations: Founding board member, Public
Allies ... Past board member, Woods Fund of Chicago; Joyce Foundation; Chicago Annenberg Challenge; Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Under Law; Center for Neighborhood Technology.
Education: Harvard Law School, 1991, JD ... Columbia University, 1983, BA.
Personal: Born 1961, Honolulu ... Married to Michelle ... Two daughters.
One of the profession’s
top authorities on financial reporting standards, O’Dell, who chairs
the Private Companies Financial Reporting
Committee, continues in her role to help improve the reporting of private companies, and
meet the needs of the users of their financial
Career Highlights: President, O’Dell Valuation Consulting LLC, 2002-present ... Managing partner, Beuc-ler Kelly & Irwin Ltd., 1988-2001 ... Staff accountant
to partner, various firms, 1974-1988 ... Semi-senior,
Touche Ross & Co., 1972-1974 ... Medicare auditor,
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Iowa, 1971-1972.
Other Affiliations: Chair, FASB Private Companies
Financial Reporting Committee, 2007-present ...
Participating observer, FASB Emerging Issues Task
Force ... Chair, Audit Advisory Committee, U.S. Government Accountability Office ... Former trustee,
FAF ... Past member, AICPA Board; past chair, PCPS
Technical Issues Committee ... CFO, family-owned
hotel and restaurant.
Education: Immaculata University, 1970, BA Economics.
Personal: Born 1948, Darby, Pa. ... Married to Douglas ... Five sons.
The IRS’s Taxpayer Advocate Service, which Olson
heads, is often the place
where taxpayers turn when
they are facing tax liens and penalties for unpaid taxes from the IRS, or are unable to receive the refunds they have been awaiting.
Olson’s periodic reports to Congress on the
issues facing taxpayers often spur action at
the IRS on matters such as extending the two-year deadline for innocent spouses.
Career Highlights: National Taxpayer Advocate,
IRS, 2001-present ... Attorney-at-law, 1997-2001 ...
Founder and executive director, Community Tax
Law Project, 1992-2001 ... Owner, Accounting, Tax &
Information Services, 1975-1991.
Other Affiliations: College of Tax Counsel; Griswold
Lecturer, 2010 ... Past chair, Special Committee on
Access to Legal Services, Virginia State Bar ... Past
chair, Section of Taxation Low Income Taxpayers
Committee and Pro Se/Pro Bono Tax Force, American Bar Association ... Faculty, Harvard Kennedy
School of Government Comparative Tax Policy and
Administration Program ... Past adjunct professor,
Georgetown University Law Center; Virginia Commonwealth University; College of William and Mary
School of Law; University of Richmond School of
Education: Georgetown University Law Center,
1994, LLM in Taxation ... North Carolina Central University School of Law, 1991, JD ... Bryn Mawr College,
1975, AB Fine Arts.
Personal: Born 1954, Philadelphia ... One child.
CEO and principal,
New Vision CPA
An outspoken advocate
for the “new firm,” Padar
prolifically uses her large
social media communities to trade best
practices for the bumpy transition from your
“father’s firm” (literally, in her case) to the
paperless, next-generation environment that
places culture and experience over outdated
tradition. She’s a well-received writer and
speaker about her passion for change.
Career Highlights: CEO and principal, New Vision
CPA Group, 2006-present ... Associate, Tax Technology Group, Price Waterhouse, 1994-1995.
Other Affiliations: Adjunct professor, Oakton Community College ... Goladderup.org ... Tech+ Planning
Committee, AICPA ... Founder and past president,
Chicago QuickBooks Pro Advisor User Group ...
Board, Accounting Today Institute.
Education: Northern Illinois University, 2005, MST
... Saint Mary’s College, 1994, BBA.
Personal: Born 1972, Chicago ... Married to Christopher ... Two children.
Blog/Twitter: www.accountingtomorrow.com /
CEO and managing
The veteran marketer and
long-time head of The
Growth Partnership consultancy broke new
ground this year with the launch of iShade,
the online networking and learning community designed specifically for the accounting
Career Highlights: Chief executive, iShade.com,
2010-present ... Chief executive and managing shareholder, The Growth Partnership Inc., 1999-present ...
Executive vice president and director of consulting
services, Waugh & Co., 1998-1999 ... Director of marketing, RubinBrown, 1997-1998 ... Director of marketing, Smith & Gesteland, 1995-1997 ... Marketing
officer, Norwest Bank Corp., 1994-1995; loan officer,
Other Affiliations: Coach, youth baseball ... St. Teresa Catholic Church.
Education: Creighton University, 1991, BSBA Management.
Personal: Born 1969 ... Married to Cindy ... Four children.
Twitter: @tgpceo, @ishade
President, the Tax &
of Thomson Reuters
Peccarelli brought a strong
record with him as he took
charge this year of the Thomson Reuters unit
that serves tax and accounting professionals
both at public firms and in industry, having
driven the creation of the ONESOURCE plat-
form and the global expansion of the Tax &
Career Highlights: President, the Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters, 2011-present;
president, Workflow & Service Solutions, 2010-2011;
president, corporate software, 2006; vice president
and general manager, RIA Compliance, 2002; joined
Other Affiliations: AICPA ... American Bar Associa-
Ones to Watch
We’ll be keeping an eye on Michael Andrew, who’ll be taking over as chair of
KMPG Global, marking the rising importance of his home base, Asia-Pacific. In the
U.S., Gordon Viere, CEO of LarsonAllen,
has made a series of high-profile acquisitions that have greatly expanded his Min-neapolis-based firm, while Michael Hsu of
DeepSky and Jason Blumer of Blumer &
Associates are showing what the firm of to-morrow looks like, and Blumer’s booming
Thriveal online community is spreading
new strategies and best practices.
In technology, Bob Green, a partner at
Top 100 Firm SingerLewak, is showing how
to integrate a CPA firm’s traditional operations with its tech consulting operations,
and Jim Boomer is making a name of his
own as a consultant on managing technology within a firm, while Joe Woodard has
become a name to reckon with in QuickBooks training and consulting.
We also expect to hear more from
Kasey Bayne, accounting ambassador of
Web-based accounting software vendor
FreshBooks, as well as Jessica Mah, the
twenty-something founder of financial
software solution inDinero. Greg Jones’
Bookkeeping Express franchise is spreading rapidly, aiming for your clients. And
tax veteran Jim Buttonow of New River
Innovation has been raising his profile by
making it easier to deal with the IRS, and
with his blog, IRSMind.
Sharon Cook and Lana Kupferschmid,
the incoming heads of the National Society
of Accountants and the National Conference of CPA Practitioners, respectively, will
keep providing their members with critical
services and advocacy, while Marie Hol-lein, president and chief executive of FEI,
provides her membership (and the rest of
us) invaluable information on everything
financial, including the rise and fall of audit fees. And Patricia Thompson, a partner at Rhode Island’s Piccerelli Gilstein,
has made her influence felt as chair of the
AICPA’s Tax Executive Committee.
Finally, we’ll note Raissa Evans, an
executive manager at PKF Texas (and a
protégé of PKF’s always-influential Karen
Love), who was named Marketer of the
Year by AAM, and Bonnie Buol Ruszcyk, a
former firm marketing director who’s now
offering her expertise to professional services firms through her BBR Marketing.