Leadership, Mentoring Are Focus of New CalCPA Chair Conrad Davis

Jun 29, 2010, 08:00 ET from California Society of CPAs

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mentorship and leadership development are two key concepts that Conrad M. Davis, CPA/CFF, CFE, is emphasizing in his new role as 2010-11 chair of the 36,000-member California Society of CPAs.

Davis recently succeeded Andrea G. Cope, CPA, CalCPA chair for 2009-10.

Addressing his fellow members, Davis said, "I would like California CPAs to understand they are part of something larger -- a profession. They have a responsibility to sustain it, protect it and nourish it. In part, this means adding new members and developing leaders while continuing to meet the needs of our existing members."

Davis specifically urged that CalCPA members consider it a duty to offer career guidance for young accountants. "As we move ahead with our careers, we also can help lift up a peer or an emerging professional," he said, noting that mentoring is necessary for the advancement of the accounting profession.

CalCPA recently launched its Emerging Leader Certificate Program, a statewide outreach that involves 150 younger members who meet monthly over seven months to learn leadership skills and connect with potential mentors.

Davis is a partner in the Sacramento firm of Ueltzen & Co., LLP. He provides litigation consulting and works with company executives on business improvement issues, tax planning and financial statement reporting. He is certified in financial forensics (CFF) by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and is a certified fraud examiner (CFF) with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Davis, who is a past president of CalCPA's Sacramento Chapter, recently served as the co-chair of the AICPA's Task Force to Update the Statements on Standards for Tax Services and is a California representative to the AICPA Council. He is a member and past-chair of the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility Subgroup.

Davis has a master's in taxation from Golden Gate University and a bachelor's degree in agricultural science and management from the University of California, Davis.

About CalCPA

The California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA) (www.calcpa.org) is the nation's largest state accounting organization and the largest CPA association in California. It serves 36,000 members in public practice, private industry, education and government. Through CalCPA Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, CalCPA members provide financial literacy programs to high schools and community groups.

SOURCE California Society of CPAs