10 more things I’m thankful for

It’s Thanksgiving week which means it’s time for my annual top 10 things I’m thankful for related to the CPA profession.

  1. AT&T which has allowed me to balance a great career with being there for my family and being involved in the profession.
  2. Lowell Mooney, who taught me in my first accounting class and helped my find joy in understanding the numbers.
  3. Dr. James Don Edwards who asked me what I wanted to do when I was 17, and then suggested becoming a CPA might be a better option.
  4. The magic of double entry bookkeeping; it’s amazing what bringing out those T-accounts can do to solve a problem.
  5. Employers that find tremendous value in what we do, and keep raising our salaries as a result.
  6. My auditor that understands an audit is about getting the accounting right, not playing gotcha.
  7. All of the organizations that put on CPE which keeps all of us up-to-date and allows me the occasional fun of making a presentation to my fellow CPAs.
  8. My colleagues on the Professional Accountants in Business Committee for helping me see a global picture, which can be very different from one focused solely on the US.
  9. The DCPAS which has given me the opportunity to again help lead the profession by asking me to serve as their Chair-Elect this year and their Chair next year.
  10. The revenue recognition standard – It’s the gift that just keeps on giving; 4 new Exposure Drafts means we still don’t know what the standard really tells us to do which means plenty of work for technical accountants like me.

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