Recognized for his leadership within the accounting profession, James Castellano served as chairman of the American Institute of CPAs' board of directors for 2001-02, as the industry coped with the fallout from the Enron accounting scandal. He remains chairman of the AICPA Private Company Financial Reporting Task Force and is an ex-officio member of the AICPA Council.

In the summer of 2004, Castellano was elected chairman of RubinBrown's board, after serving for many years as the firm's managing partner. Founded in St. Louis in 1952, RubinBrown employs a staff of more than 270 and was ranked No. 58 on Accounting Today's 2005 list of Top 100 Firms, with revenues of $31.5 million.  In October 2004, he was named chairman of the board of directors for Baker Tilly International, a network of 116 independent accountancy and business service firms in 67 countries.

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