First, I want to thank everyone from allowing me to serve as TXCPA Austin chapter President for the 2021-2022 term. Without a doubt, the past year has been a challenge on so many fronts. Accordingly, a special thank you is owed to our Chapter staff and our immediate past-President Jeremy Myers for steering our chapter’s ship through the tempest of COVID.
As the world emerges from this global pandemic, it is my intention to see our Chapter renewed—with members returning to as many in-person activities and events as permissible, in accordance with all state society directives, while observing best practices suggested by public health officials.
With this premise, I want to challenge our membership with one primary goal: Bring at least one non-member CPA, CPA candidate, or student to at least one Chapter in-person event later this year. Doing so will be the first step in exposing new people to our chapter and expanding our future membership.
I would also like to encourage everyone to contribute to our Chapter’s Political Action Committee (PAC). As the Texas legislature wraps up its regular session, I remind you that primary elections are just 9 months away. And with redistricting just around the corner, our chapter must be in a position to support candidates who will work with us to protect our licenses at the state capitol.
Finally, we need to make a concerted effort to reach out to college and high school students about the benefits of earning a CPA license. Over the years, I have spoken to many high school students about the CPA profession, and the many doors that having a CPA credential will open. And as schools return to in-person learning, we must redouble efforts to promote the CPA profession to Austin area youth.
Post-COVID, there is a lot to do. I look forward to working with our members, our volunteers, and our Austin TXCPA staff to make this year memorable.
Paul B. Matthews CPA, CFA
2021-2022 TXCPA Austin President