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Looking ahead to Summer Symposium and golf outing

Buffalo Chapter President 

Spring in Buffalo didn’t get off to a great start, but the Buffalo Chapter is off and running for another year. I’m eager and ready to begin my year as president, and I’m truly honored to be working with an incredible group of officers and board members. I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank our past president, Kevin M. Penner, for all of his contributions this past year. Kevin left very big shoes to fill, but I will be sure to continue his practices of abundant communication on chapter activities and enthusiastically supporting our committees and events.

Speaking of events, the Buffalo Chapter recently welcomed NYSSCPA Executive Director Joanne S. Barry and President Ita M. Rahilly, at its annual Education Night CPE session and dinner on April 23. A fantastic presentation of awards took place honoring several students from the accounting programs of eight local area colleges and universities. The chapter also celebrated Patricia A. McGrath by naming her as the recipient of the 2019 Peter X. Bellanti Distinguished Service Award for her countless contributions to the Buffalo Chapter. Pat is to be commended for her service to the chapter, which began in 2008. Pat is now the chair of the Accounting & Auditing Committee, which focuses on the chapter’s largest continuing education offering with its annual Summer Symposium, a two-day educational session addressing the most relevant and current topics in the accounting and auditing arena. This event is led by Pat and contributes greatly to the chapter’s ability to annually fund scholarships to local-area students who have chosen to pursue studies in accounting. In addition to chairing the A&A Committee, she also serves as the Buffalo Chapter Representative on the NYSSCPA Board. Many thanks to Pat for her endless energy and dedication to the chapter!

Coincidentally, Pat is in the midst of planning the chapter’s next Summer Symposium, to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, July 23-24, 8:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m., at the Millennium Airport Hotel. It will be jam-packed with valuable topics and relevant speakers on subjects including blockchain and technocrime. The Buffalo Chapter is also hosting its annual Young Professionals Golf Outing on Friday, Aug. 2, 8 a.m.–6 p.m., at the Buffalo Tournament Club in Lancaster. This is a very popular summer event, not just for our younger members, but for anyone interested in spending the day with fellow professionals and getting some fresh air, assuming we eventually get summer-like weather in Buffalo!

As we look to the year ahead, it’s hard to overlook the unprecedented busy season that many of us just completed. Tax reform continues to have many ripple effects and uncertainties. The challenges brought on by the many facets of tax reform, from unfinalized regulations to numerous new tax forms and schedules, raised new issues and big questions for practitioners. Members are encouraged more than ever to use the Buffalo Chapter and the NYSSCPA to lean on for resources as we all navigate the changes in the tax reform landscape, because there are more changes to come.

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Upcoming Events

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Chapter Business and Industry Conference-Buffalo
10/16/2019 8:30:00 AM
Rich Products Corporation, Buffalo
Buffalo Chapter - Professional Issues Update
10/28/2019 9:00:00 AM
The Buffalo Club, Buffalo
FAE Securing a Comfortable Retirement in the Age of Spending Seminar (Buffalo)
11/6/2019 8:00:00 AM
Buffalo/Niagara Marriott, Amherst
FAE's Ethics Update for Public Practice Seminar (Buffalo)
11/18/2019 8:00:00 AM
Buffalo/Niagara Marriott, Amherst
FAE's Ethics Update for Members in Business Seminar (Buffalo)
11/18/2019 9:00:00 AM
Buffalo/Niagara Marriott, Amherst
U.S. GAAP Review for Business & Industry Seminar (Buffalo)
11/20/2019 8:00:00 AM
Buffalo/Niagara Marriott, Amherst
FAE's Auditing Update Seminar (Buffalo)
11/21/2019 8:00:00 AM
Buffalo/Niagara Marriott, Amherst
The Best Federal Tax Update Course by Surgent Seminar (Buffalo)
11/21/2019 8:00:00 AM
Buffalo/Niagara Marriott, Amherst

For a full list of CPE Courses available for this chapter, visit myCPE.

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Chartered Feb.5, 1925, this chapter encompasses the following counties:
Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming
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The presiding President of the Buffalo Chapter is Lisa A. MrKall.
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