I was recently asked, "What concrete steps would you take to improve the profession?" After pondering the question for a full second, I replied, "I would redirect some core functions of the American Institute of CPAs and make it an advocacy organization for the members."

Now, I don't find great sport in being an AICPA-basher like some people, but I do have a sense of "calling it like I see it," and no one has ever accused me of "going along to get along." I am a seasoned veteran of fighting on behalf of and defending the profession for more than three decades. During that time, I have observed the conflicting roles of the AICPA. They struggle mightily with protecting the public interest and representing the interests of the profession. I really believe that a new way of thinking about the role of the organized profession is timely and past due.

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