The Accounting & Finance Association is pleased to present the following officers for 2010-2011:
President: Brandi Ellison
Vice President: Mason Edwards
Secretary: Lindsey Stanford
Treasurer: Vanessa Voelkel
Marketing Director: Even Brantley
Faculty Advisors: Laura Jean Kreissl, Karen Cooley, and Alice Upshaw
The purpose of this association is to advance the study of accounting and finance by providing opportunities for careers in public, private, and governmental accounting, and in finance firms. To provide more continuity and community, meetings were increased from once monthly to twice monthly (2nd & 4th Wednesday s). Officers meet on the first Wednesday of each month.
2010-2011 Accounting & Finance Association Activities and Speakers:
Karl Kimsey, WTAMU Employee Relations Coordinator, spoke and introduced representatives from the Internal Revenue Service.
Steve Sellars, WTAMU Experiential Education Coordinator.
Laura Hastings, CPA, spoke about membership in the Panhandle Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs.
Heather Reid, WTAMU graduate and representative of Johnson & Sheldon, PC, public accounting firm.
The group toured the Amarillo office of Brown, Graham & Company, PC, a public accounting firm.
Several members attended a Casino Night in January sponsored by the Panhandle Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs.
Scott Rosenbach, CPA, from Trinity Fellowship Church, discussed the challenges associated with working for a non-profit organization.
Melissa Corvin and Matthew Webb from Wells Fargo spoke to the Accounting and Finance Association on February 23. They discussed the job search process including do’s and don’ts of interview. Webb presented how Wells Fargo evaluates employees and then determines compensation.
Dan Shuman and Kent Bowen of Edward Jones spoke on March 23. They discussed the growth in financial planner employment and how to enter the business. They provided valuable insight into the compensation model of financial planning and new employee characteristics desired by financial planning firms.
Mike Callahan, CEO of Harrington Regional Medical Center, and Mike Hooten, Texas Tech University Regional Dean of Allied Health, spoke on April 13. Callahan and Hooten stated the different employment opportunities for finance and accounting students in the Amarillo health care businesses. Callahan remarked that most health care businesses hire from within so students should focus on gaining an entry position and then plan to move into a new position within a year.
Members are also invited to a luncheon meeting of the Panhandle Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs on April 29th. Also on April 29th, the group will tour the Amarillo location of Bruckner Truck Sales, Inc.