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Accounting Leader Highlights Industry Challenges and Opportunities

November 02, 2010
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On October 28 the School of Business Administration hosted the president of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) along with the members of FICPA Downtown Miami Chapter. The event was organized by the Beta Xi Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), the School’s honorary accounting fraternity.

Michael R. Pender, CPA, the current president of the FICPA, delivered the president’s annual message to the group.  He highlighted the future of accounting and potential career paths for the business students in attendance.  He also discussed current challenges and opportunities for the accounting profession.

This is the first time that FICPA’s Downtown Chapter held an event at the School of Business. The event was organized by Jacklyn A. Collins, accounting lecturer and BAP faculty advisor and Elgin Polo, current president of the FICPA Downtown Miami Chapter, and a partner with Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra LLP.

The event was attended by representatives from accounting firms including Deloitte LLP, Berenfeld LLP, MBAF, RSM McGladrey, E&Y, Grant Thornton, KPMG LLP, BDP&B and PWC along with UM alumni, School of Business accounting faculty and Ruth Ann McEwen the director of the School of Accounting  at Florida International University.

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