The Florida Institute of CPAs held its second annual Digital Advocacy Day on Thursday, with members assembly on-line with state lawmakers to make the case for the CPA career within the Sunshine State.

The occasion included a legislative briefing from FICPA governmental affairs director Justin Thames and Liberty Companions of Tallahassee’s Jennifer Inexperienced. An interactive CPA lawmaker panel included Rep. Mike Caruso, Sen. Joe Gruters and Rep. Cyndi Stevenson. There was additionally a dialogue of the CPA career from Home Majority Chief Mike Grant, Sen. Travis Hutson, Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis, Home Methods and Means Committee chair Bobby Payne, and Senate Finance and Tax Committee chair Ana Maria Rodriguez. Members additionally heard a Florida financial replace from Dr. Jerry Parrish.

“I’m thrilled to be with you all as we kick off our advocacy days and lift consciousness in regards to the CPA career amongst our state lawmakers,” FICPA president and CEO Shelly Weir mentioned in her opening remarks. “Along with your continued assist, we are going to strengthen our place amongst policymakers, the general public and the career nationally.”

Advocating on CPAs’ behalf is a giant a part of FICPA’s mission, and member involvement helps guarantee CPAs’ voices are heard within the political course of.

“The FICPA is the voice of Florida CPAs in our state’s Capitol,” FICPA chair Kristin Bivona mentioned in an announcement. “Our Digital Advocacy Day agenda featured quite a few policymakers who affect our career day by day. We had been honored to have the chance to satisfy with them about points related to the CPA career in Florida.”

Subsequent Wednesday, the FICPA will host its first full membership fly-in advocacy occasion — Hike the Hill — in Tallahassee.

“Whether or not we join nearly or in particular person, successfully speaking with lawmakers is paramount to our success in Florida’s governmental course of,” mentioned Thames in an announcement.

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