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The NYSSCPA would like to thank Rochester Chapter Member Cheryl Yawman for being a 2016-2017 Chapter Champion!

It’s harvest time for CPAs

By KENNETH O. HALL

Rochester Chapter President

I want to wish you well as we pace ourselves through busy season, or as I call it around my office, “harvest time.” This is the time of year when CPAs make hay and earn our keep.  We work from sunup to sundown. This goes to those involved in the auditing and tax professions as well as those (like me) in industry, where we are either preparing PBC [provided by client] lists or auditing them. 

And it is not just a regular harvest time; Add to this one the newly enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and we are all in for a bumper crop. I want to thank all the Rochester Chapter members who have taken time out (and used up some of their 15 minutes of fame) responding to media on the impact of the new tax law on citizens. (Go to the chapter site at www.nysscpa.org/membership/chapters/rochester to see replays.) I am especially proud of the “murderers’ row” of CPAs who fielded questions for WROC TV-8 for 90 minutes in early February:  David G. Young, Thomas P. Walpole, Antoinette “Toni” Spina, Barry Jencik and Kevin G. Conlon. I was told that the phones were busy the whole time, and one of the panelists remarked that it gave him a chance to connect to folks who would probably not otherwise be walking through his doors for tax return prep. I believe that we provided a great service to the Rochester community, and the folks whom we did help will hopefully strike the stereotype of the “accountant” from their minds and replace it with the gracious smiles in the accompanying photo.

Thanks again to the Rochester Chapter Public Relations Committee chair, Dave Young, for pulling this and other media relations activities together. If you are a member and want to get involved (and on TV), be sure to connect with Dave (dyoung@youngandcompany.net). Please also contact Joe DeRupo, the NYSSCPA’s communications manager, at jderupo@nysscpa.org.

Clearly the best way to realize a return on your annual dues investment is to get more involved. I have built lifelong friendships and important business contacts only through my involvement with the NYSSCPA. I encourage you to take that next step.

Before all the hard work of harvest time began, the Rochester Chapter took some time for some first-class rest and relaxation. The NextGen Committee annual volleyball tournament was held once again on a snowy Saturday in early January. There is no better way to let off steam than rolling in the sand with your fellow CPAs. Taking the trophy this year was the team from PricewaterhouseCoopers, who called themselves “the Assets”; the runner-up was Mengel Metzger Barr. Of course, all 120 who attended were winners, both in way-cool door prizes and the chance to fraternize with fellow CPAs.

Finally, mark your calendars, and register for the super-popular Student Awards Night, this year to be held on April 26, 5:15–8 p.m., at historic Oak Hill Country Club, in Pittsford. This is the premier event for students and educators, so please turn out to recognize future stars of the CPA profession and those who are preparing them for the journey—i.e., the educators!

Kenneth.hall@nysscpa.org

Members of the Rochester Chapter fielding calls at WROC TV. Front row, from left: Kevin G. Conlon, Antoinette “Toni” Spina. Back row, from left: Barry Jencik, Thomas P. Walpole, David G. Young. The winning team from PricewaterhouseCoopers, at the Rochester Chapter’s NextGen volleyball tournament in January. The runner-up team, from Mengel Metzger Barr.

Outstanding College Student Awards Banquet
April 2017 at the Genesee Valley Club.
Award winners (as pictured from left to right) were: Lauren Frank (SUNY Brockport), Ryan Lawrence (St. John Fisher College), Corey Wegman (SUNY Geneseo), Shayla Sanders (Rochester Institute of Technology), Matthew Chabot (Alfred University), Valeryia Artimovich (University of Rochester) and Bic Dihn-Le (Nazareth College).

2016 Tax Season WROC-TV Segments

Chapter members appeared on WROC-TV during 2016 tax season to provide tips and advice for residents in the Rochester area.  Please click here to view the segments.

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Chartered December 8, 1953, this chapter encompasses the following counties:
Chemung, Steuben, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates

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