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The Smoke Detector: My Passion

I am a financial accountant and will never forget the time I was sitting in one of my final classes before finishing my Master’s Degree. I was talking to a tax accountant who was also finishing her degree and she confided in me that she could not understand why anyone would work toward an...


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THE SMOKE DETECTOR: It Was the Stress of Times, it Was the Worst of Times

It was the stress of times, it was the worst of times. CPAs may make this slight alteration to the Charles Dickens classic, Tale of Two Cities . The parallels stop there, however, between the war accounting professionals call “busy season” and the French Revolution. Our worst of times are...


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THE SMOKE DETECTOR: Technology's Impact on the CPA Profession

I'm a big fan of the TV show, Shark Tank, so I was curious when I came across Lindsay Patterson’s blog, “That Time I Told Mark Cuban He Was Wrong About the CPA Profession.“ Cuban was speaking at the SXSW Conference and Festival and stated, “we'll see more technological advances over the next...


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THE SMOKE DETECTOR: The Transition - What I've Learned in a Year

Last year, I made the transition from public accounting to private corporate accounting. The time has flown by since then and I’ve learned a lot of things along the way. Here are a few of them … First, CPAs and other accountants work hard. Being in public accounting previously, I...


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THE SMOKE DETECTOR: What Does it Mean to be Creative?

It’s a new year and there’s a new political and economic environment on the horizon. For much of 2016, those of us participating in the CPA Center of Excellence ® Online Community talked about being innovative. My question is, do we currently have the ability to recognize when...


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THE SMOKE DETECTOR: Moving Toward a New Learning Model

Change is never easy. However, to improve and progress, change is necessary. From my time serving on the AICPA Council, it was very apparent Indiana was a leader in the profession. This is again true with the historic rule change adopted by the Board of Accountancy in July, signed by Gov....


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THE SMOKE DETECTOR: Role of the CFO Continues to Evolve

Colleagues routinely ask about my transition from public accounting to a role that combines business operations and education. Serving as CFO at Concordia Lutheran High School continues to fascinate me and allows the opportunity to bring together my experiences with accounting, business,...


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The Smoke Detector: Who Would Have Guessed Our Profession Would Break Another Barrier? Well. Maybe

It finally happened. Many of us thought the day would never come. However, in approximately three weeks it becomes a reality. For years, I’ve wondered (and honestly even joked about) if it would ever occur … CPAs on television or the big screen. The movie, The Accountant , will...


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THE SMOKE DETECTOR: What CPAs Can Learn From College Sports Recruiting

Fall is upon us which signifies college recruiting and the start of football season. The August 2016 edition of the Journal of Accountancy includes a very interesting article titled " Recruiting the best: What CPAs could learn from college coaches ." The recruiting of college athletes has...