Eugene Park Graduates from AICPA Leadership Academy

Posted on October 31, 2019

We are excited to announce that Eugene Park, CPA was one of 36 leaders to graduate from the American Institute of CPAs’ (AICPA) 2019 AICPA Leadership Academy, a rigorous program to inspire, nurture and empower the next generation of CPA leaders.

As an audit manager based in our Phoenix office, Eugene’s responsibilities include overseeing governmental and nonprofit audit engagements, the professional development of staff associates, recruiting and serving as both an organizer and instructor for training courses that are provided both internally and externally. Additionally, he has served as a member of several committees in the firm, including the audit and accounting, wellness, and fun committees.

The AICPA Leadership Academy uses interactive workshops to give participants access to advanced leadership training, networking activities and presentations from some of the profession’s top thought leaders. The four-day event was held in Durham, North Carolina.

The 2019 class discussed key issues and interacted with influential leaders in the profession including Bill Reeb, CPA, CITP, CGMA, AICPA Chair, Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, President and CEO of the AICPA and CEO of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants and Mark Koziel, CPA, CGMA, Executive Vice president of Firm Services for the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants.

“It’s an exciting time to be a young leader in the accounting profession. This year’s Leadership Academy class is an impressive group of diverse professionals who are well-positioned to take the next step in their careers,” said Bill Reeb, CPA, CITP, CGMA, AICPA Chair. “New technology is disrupting the profession and creating new opportunities and challenges for CPAs. These talented CPAs are a great example of the forward-thinking leaders who will not only help steer us through this transition but lead us beyond it.”

The AICPA Leadership Academy is meant to serve as a succession plan for the CPA profession, ensuring a strong base of competent and committed leaders who understand the legacy of the profession and have the passion and skills necessary to address the challenges of an ever-changing global business environment. The event also encourages self-reflection and a thoughtful exploration of how leadership impacts their personal and professional lives.

“I learned a great deal about myself and how I’ll be making an impact on the profession. I look forward to applying the knowledge and insight gained from this amazing experience.”

The program was designed to strengthen and expand the leadership skills of promising young professionals while they network with a peer group of talented and motivated CPAs. The 2019 participants comprised the eleventh graduating class, and nearly 400 CPAs have now graduated from the program.

The 2019 Leadership Academy attendees were recommended by their employers, state CPA societies or both. Candidates submitted resumes and a statement explaining how participating in the Leadership Academy would impact them personally and professionally. They also wrote an essay on the topic, “The future will bring significant changes to the accounting profession. What do leaders have to get right, in order to successfully lead?”

Details for the 2020 Leadership Academy are available online. The application period is now open.