With the close of 2006 approaching, we asked industry leaders to share their ideas of what the accounting profession will look like in five years: What will be its major concerns? Its challenges? The hot new service areas? What shape will the firm landscape have taken?Throughout November, WebCPA will post new comment collections each week.

This week, insight from practitioners, product pushers and policymakers, including the managing director of RSM McGladrey Business Services, Stuart Kessler; the chief executive of Sageworks, Brian Hamilton; and a number of leaders at the American Institute of CPAs, such as president and chief executive Barry Melancon and the institute’s new chairman, Jimmy Williamson.

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