Maui, Hawaii (Oct. 23, 2002) -- Moving forward with efforts to rebuild confidence in the profession was the focus of the first day of the American Institute of CPAs Fall Council meeting here.During a discussion Monday of the AICPA's role going forward, chief executive Barry Melancon likened the profession's current situation to the Hawaiian islands, which were formed by hot lava flow.

"It's been hot, it's been difficult, but the strength of our profession allows us to move forward," Melancon told the Council's 265 members. "Some of the events of the past year will provide an incredible foundation in doing so."

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