The California Society of CPAs has elected Marc Parkinson as chairman for its 2006-07 year.

The managing partner of San Jose-based Petrinovich, Pugh & Co., Parkinson stepped into his new role during CalCPA's recent annual member's business meeting. As chairman, one of Parkinson's top priorities for the coming year is to focus on attracting younger people to CalCPA and the CPA profession.

"CalCPA is ready to deliver on its commitment to the new generation of CPAs," said Parkinson. "With succession planning, recruitment and retention weighing heavily on the minds of CPAs around the state -- whether they are in public practice, industry, government or education -- we have made reaching out to young CPAs and CPA candidates a priority."

Parkinson said that in the past year, the society has connected with young CPAs and is looking to build on that momentum through young and emerging professional groups in all our chapters, with meeting topics ranging from professional networking to building interview skills. In July, the society is also beginning a regular podcast.

"We have to reach out to new CPAs at the grassroots level to show them how CalCPA can help them be successful in their professional careers," said CalCPA chief executive Loretta Doon, in a statement.

Parkinson has been with Petrinovich, Pugh & Company LLP since 1979 and has been managing partner since 2000. He specializes in succession planning and wealth transfer for individuals and family businesses.

Teresa Mason, of Oakland-based CMC Accountancy Corp. was elected first vice chair, and Kate Leonard, of San Diego's Hamilton Accountancy Corp., was elected treasurer.

Previously on WebCPA:

Doon Handed Reins in Calif.; NYSSCPA Names Honorees (May 16, 2006)

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