Newly licensed CPAs were honored Wednesday, January 16, at Fort Worth CPAs' annual members meeting. Officers and directors were elected, members of the Chapter's Leadership Development class of 2018 were honored, and TSCPA chairman Stephen Parker spoke.
President Brandon Booker conducted the meeting. He announced that the Chapter's long-serving executive director, Kathy R. Kelly, will retire May 31, 2019, and that Michelle Barton, CPA, who has served as manager for accounting and administration, has been named to the position.
Norm Robbins will serve as Chapter president in 2019-2020, with Ryan Scharar as treasurer. Officers elected for service in the 2019-202 year were: Jacob Briggs, president-elect; Stephanie Shaner, treasurer-elect; Josh Willson, VP Programs; Kathy DuBose, VP CPE + Learning; Sandra Bembenek, VP Membership; and Darren Harriott, VP Communications. Tram Le, Mark Rich and Stephanie Buduhan were elected to the Chapter board of directors, and Donna Rutter, Brandon Booker and Megan Terrell were elected Chapter representatives to the TSCPA board of directors. A nominating committee was elected. At left, left to right: Robbins, Booker and Briggs.
The group of 18 new CPAs included professionals from public accounting firms and corporate entities throughout the region: Maria Bravo Escoto, William Brennan, Kelsey Cavasar, Moonmoon Chakravarthy, Su Huynh, John Jones, Tonya Merrick, Rebecca Muir, Taylor Ott, Michael Pittman, Adam Renz, Travis Reynolds, Rachel Rhea, Jan Robidou, Amanda Stephens, Trifena Sutanto, Telecia Woodard and Zhijiao Zhou.
Leadership Development graduates were introduced by program chair Norm Robbins (far left below) and Tiffany Carter (far right) Honored were program graduates Andrew Barg, Jonathan Cameron, Christine Carpenter, Rachel Glasser, Richard Goeke Victoria Harms, Darren Harriott, Benjamin Johns, Emily Linstrom, Douglas Mann, Michael McLean, Shristi Sharma, Rachel Talley, and Naomi Tune.
Over 100 members of the association attended the meeting, a luncheon at The City Club, downtown Fort Worth.