The New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA) inducted Albany CPA F. Michael Zovistoski, a partner at UHY, as its 97th president on May 19 at the NYSSCPA’s Foundation for Accounting Education (FAE) Moynihan Fund Gala, the Society announced this week. Zovistoski's one-year term begins June 1.

[IMGCAP(1)] A member of NYSSCPA since 1987, Zovistoski previously served on the Society’s Board of Directors for the past six years. Zovistoski also previously served as Finance Committee chair and Northeast Chapter president. Zovistoski attended Albany Business College and received a BBA from Siena College in 1984. Prior to working at UHY, he worked at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC), New York State Higher Education Services Corporation, and Albany City Hostel, Inc.

Notably, Zovistoski takes charge of the Society shortly after it voted to allow an influx of non-CPAs to become associate members.

“The Society has welcomed non-CPAs into the membership for the past few years; however, these associate members had to be working under the supervision of a CPA,” Zovistoski said in a statement. “With this latest bylaws amendment, which was to align our membership categories with the types of professionals we see working in CPA firms more and more, that’s no longer a requirement. I would like to offer an invitation to all the bankers, lawyers, educators and alike … to consider joining our family and become an associate member in the NYSSCPA.”

To be eligible for associate membership, non-CPAs must be professionals with a bachelor’s degree, working full time for the government; nonprofits; or in financial, legal or banking services. New members, however, cannot hold leadership positions or vote in Society elections.

Zovistoski also looks to increase interaction with young professionals via the Society’s NextGen program. The recent Moynihan Fund Gala saw the Society raise approximately $250,000 for FAE’s scholarships and its college readiness program for underrepresented students in the profession.

“This is the first time the NYSSCPA has done something on this scale and it wasn’t limited to New York CPAs; the guest list was a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of the accounting profession,” he stated. “It’s an exciting time to be a CPA, especially a CPA in New York.”

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