It is taking me quite a while to figure out AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon and I am still not sure if I got it right.

My first impression of him was someone who knew where he wanted to take the Institute and in turn the profession. I also felt that he wasn't happy with the Institute's committee set-up based on a belief that it was stymieing new initiatives and fresh ways of thinking. I also got the impression that he thought some CPAs were actually holding the profession back. In fact, in one speech, he referred to some CPAs as "laggards."

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