Yesterday, I spent time promoting the CPA designation in our nation’s capital. In my opinion, it was the perfect way to kick off Virginia CPA Week.
I addressed U.S. Department of Defense employees regarding the importance of seeking a professional designation or certification — with particular emphasis on finance professionals becoming Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).
My message? That CPAs are state-certified professionals who serve the public by providing sound, reliable financial counsel. That those who achieve the CPA designation are held to high standards of ethics, financial and business acumen, and professionalism. That both companies and the public know they can turn to CPAs for sound financial guidance and accurate information. That the CPA designation is both trusted and respected.
Gov. Timothy Kaine included a similar message in his proclamation (PDF) recognizing this week, September 13–19, 2009, as Virginia CPA Week in conjunction with the VSCPA’s Centennial anniversary.
“It is fitting to recognize CPAs’ contributions to the well-being and success of citizens and commerce in the Commonwealth of Virginia and across the nation,” the proclamation states.
CPAs are so highly regarded by employers, clients, investors and the public at large, and they deserve this recognition. I am proud of Virginia CPAs, and I am proud to represent the CPA profession day-to-day.
Happy Virginia CPA Week!