Mountain View, Calif. (April 20, 2004) -- Intuit Inc. announced plans to consolidate its three advisory councils and to launch a new integrated Accountant and Advisor Executive Council.

The council's objectives are to create a forum and build relationships with accountants on an ongoing basis; to collect input regarding the direction of Intuit's product development, programs and services for accountants and their clients; and to give Intuit the ability to test concepts, including specific features and functions of new and existing programs, products and services for accountants.

Prior to the consolidated panel, there were three different councils: the Customer Advisory Council for QuickBooks Professional Advisors, the Customer Advisory Council for Payroll, and the Customer Advisory Council for QuickBooks Financial Software. However, Rich Walker, the CPA who serves as the director of Intuit accountant and advisor relations, says, “Due to the prior councils’ significant contributions and the desire of other business units within Intuit to have accountant advisory groups, we felt that consolidation into one council at the executive level would have the most impact.”

The council will have 16 total members (eight to 10 new members and six to eight returning members) representing various product groups. Members will meet in person, via phone, and online through a members-only intranet.

A call for applications is currently underway, and current ProAdvisor members are eligible for consideration to the new council and can re-apply. To submit an application, visit

-- Carly Lombardo-Bohach

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