most people, it is enough to do a job and to do it well.
Less common are those who do a job, do it well, and then
go above and beyond to serve their entire profession. Less
common still are those who do all of this for decades at
a time -- unless you are past Society President and Suffolk
Chapter member Alan E. Weiner, named this year’s
recipient of the NYSSCPA’s Distinguished Service Award.
will be honored tonight, May 19, at the NYSSCPAs 114th
Annual Election Meeting Dinner at the New York Marriott
Marquis in Times Square.
A member of the Society since 1967, Weiner
has a record of contributions and achievements within
the NYSSCPA that
spans more than 30 years, including service as the Society’s
president in 1999–2000, as well as president-elect,
treasurer, and as a member of the Society’s Board
of Directors and Executive
Committee. Weiner has also served
on the FAE
Board of Trustees as president, secretary/treasurer
has also chaired the Society’s Tax
and LLCs, and Awards committees, and is currently
a member of the Partnerships and LLCs Committee. He has
also previously served as a member of the Closely
Held and S Corporations, Committee Operations, Finance, Political
Action, Relations with the Legal Community, History
and Annual Leadership Conference committees. He also served
as chair of the Estate
Planning Committee and as a member
of the Federal
Tax and Estate
and Personal Financial Planning committees
for the NYSSCPA’s Nassau
also chaired several task forces: the Limited Liability
Company (LLC) Task Force in 1991, the
Clinton Tax Proposals
Task Force in 1992, the Tax Simplification Task Force
in 2003 and the Staff Compensation Task Force from 1999
He also actively served on tax committees for the AICPA
and as a member of AICPA Council.
Weiner’s involvement with the Society began when
he was asked to edit The CPA Journal’s federal tax
column. This led to him being invited to the Society’s
offices in Manhattan to elaborate further upon his ideas,
and he ultimately was an editor for the publication from
1983 to 1985. This initial role extended into a long history
of Society service that continues to this day.
His passion for the profession was instilled
at a young age, as Weiner’s father was also a CPA and a member
of the State Society. Weiner includes his father’s
CPA certification among the plaques and certificates hanging
on his wall.
Working as a sole practitioner, his father often took
Weiner along when visiting clients, allowing the young
man a front-row seat from which to examine the profession.
Like many sole practitioners at that time, Weiner said
that the work was a family affair -- working with his father
from the ages of 13 to 17, he wrote up cash journals and
general ledgers, prepared checks for clients and processed
W-2 forms. He later went to college to major in accounting,
where he came to be particularly interested in tax issues.
“Taxes have never not been interesting to me. … You
get involved in businesses and people and families, and
it was just fascinating,” he said.
Weiner compares tax accounting to a chess
game, saying “it’s
a bunch of puzzles,” adding that he had always had
a head for math.
Shortly after graduating from college, Weiner decided
to continue his education and earn a law degree. While
he has not practiced as an attorney, Weiner said that having
a legal background has helped him in business by allowing
him to communicate more effectively with lawyers.
During the course of his education, Weiner made it a point
to seek out the most difficult classes and most challenging
professors. This passion for learning continued well into
his professional career.
“If you don’t keep up with the education in
any profession, not only will you fall behind, but you
don’t do justice to your clients, and client service
was always paramount in my mind,” he said.
“When I would go to a prospective client, I was
always interested in why [they] are leaving [their] current
accounting firm, and you’d get answers, sometimes,
like ‘I just don’t think they’re good.’ But
many times, a prospective client would say they don’t
return calls, and everyone wants to know they are being
listened to,” Weiner said.
Though currently retired, Weiner still remains active,
saying that his is the type of personality that requires
“Even in the evening, I will have on the TV, but
I’ll be reading newspapers or whatever else is current,” he