Meet a Member
Meet Rodney Horrell,
I am a first-generation college graduate, having graduated in 1998
with a BBA in accounting from Southeast Missouri State University.
Since then, I have worked for Deloitte and
Touche, AT&T, the Texas A&M
University System Offices, and now Texas A&M University.
Professionally, my time has been spent in business process
consulting, internal auditing, and now financial statement
preparation and external reporting. While I had the pleasure of
working (and living) in both St. Louis and Dallas prior to coming
home to Bryan-College Station, I can say in no uncertain terms that
of those three locales, the first two have nothing on
BCS. I am glad to call the Brazos
Valley my home. I’ve found the neighborly feel of our community
more alluring than the benefits of the big city. I’m probably also
slightly biased due to my upbringing on a Missouri farm. I passed
the CPA exam in 1999 in Missouri, and received reciprocity in Texas
in 2003. After several years of AICPA membership, I switched to
TSCPA membership and became a member of our local chapter in 2007.
I became an active member, serving on the board of the Brazos Valley
Chapter shortly thereafter when Joe Dunn and Sandy Brown talked me
into becoming public relations chair.
It was only after having
attended the TSCPA’s Mid-Year Board
meeting in The Woodlands this past January that my eyes were
significantly opened to the importance of the work done not only at
the local chapter level, but the state level as well. The local
chapter and state society safeguard the CPA license which serves as
one of the foundations of our career and we all too often take for
granted. Our chapter and society provide a great service to CPA’s,
both those who realize it and those who do not. And for that, I am
most grateful. I would strongly recommend all CPA’s consider
attending a TSCPA Mid-Year Board meeting or Annual meeting to get a
better insight into what the TSCPA does for its members. That will
be much less difficult to do January 2011, when the state’s Mid-Year
Board meeting will be held here in College Station!
Outside of work:
In addition to working at a great university and having a good job
surrounded by wonderful individuals in the workplace, I am active in
several ministries at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church here in
College Station. I also greatly enjoy my family, which helps me
stay grounded in what is truly important in life. I have a
wonderful wife, Signe, and three wonderful sons Ethan (5), Owen (3),
and Asher (not quite 6 months old). My boys and I enjoy gardening,
reading, and fishing. Except for the youngest….he enjoys making
dirty diapers and sleeping. Recently he’s also been perfecting the
art of smiling, squealing, and talking as only a baby can. Perhaps
the most enjoyable thing my three boys and I do together is simply
spending time with one another. My wife and I also enjoy time spent
together, dinner dates, and bed and breakfasts. There are a few
things we enjoy which we haven’t done as much of in the last
5 years, such as reading and traveling together. We know what we’re
currently doing is much more special, and a day will come when we
will read, travel, and miss our boys.
I think my life philosophy is one of trying to never forget that
what we’ve been given is a gift. Admittedly, I often lapse and lose
sight of this reality as I’m sure we all do. When you think of it,
it really is quite phenomenal. Through no doing of our own, we’ve
been given the gift of life. Also through no doing of our own,
we’ve been given a gift of living in the most wonderful country in
the world, where we can do anything we want. In my case, I’ve
somehow “married up,” which is another wonderful gift as many of you
guys out there know. I’ve also been entrusted for a time with the
most special gift of three absolutely precious children and the
honor and responsibility of nurturing and strengthening them. I
think when we focus on the many blessings we’ve received as gifts,
rather than viewing them as things we’ve somehow earned solely
through our own merit, it changes our entire outlook and our life.
Walking out of a crowded room, in front of the entire world…laughing
at you, with a baby who has just soiled your white shirt, becomes
one of those moments you’ll laugh about for years and never forget.
A hard day at work becomes a night laying bed just being grateful to
have a good job as so many others struggle to find a trade. An
early alarm clock becomes the signal that you’ve been given one more
Member – TSCPA Board of Directors Chapter Representative
& Craig, PC
At work: I was
one of those fortunate women who got to stay home with my children when they
were preschoolers, and I thoroughly enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom. But as
soon as my youngest child started kindergarten, I enrolled at Texas A&M and
finished the accounting degree that I had started back in 1971. I graduated in
1995 with a BBA in accounting and have worked in public accounting in small
firms in Bryan since that time. Passing the CPA on my first attempt in 1995, I
was licensed in 1997. I immediately became a member of the TSCPA and local
chapter, and became active on the board of the Brazos Valley Chapter about 8
years ago, when Toni McBee asked me to consider becoming chapter treasurer.
However, it wasn’t until I became active on the board that I realized the
importance of the role of the TSCPA in safeguarding the professional designation
we hold. I was treasurer for three years, then moved to president-elect,
serving two years in that role since Sandy Brown served a two-year term as
president. Then I had my term as president for the 2008-2009 year. I’ve also
served as one of the chapter’s representatives on the TSCPA board of directors
and have attended several meetings in that capacity.
Outside of work:
In addition to having work that I find fulfilling, I enjoy good music, so I have
been active in supporting the arts by serving on the boards of the Brazos Valley
Chorale and the Brazos Valley Symphony Society as treasurer. I am a member of
the Bryan Evening Lions Club, serving as secretary of that organization.
Serving on the finance committee and singing in the choir at First Baptist
Church, Bryan, and teaching 1st graders in Sunday school keeps me
busy on weekends. In my spare time (ha!), I find reading mystery novels
(favorite authors include Nora Roberts, Dean Koontz and Mary Higgins Clark),
playing the piano, or swimming relaxing. My husband and I enjoy traveling
around the country, and look forward to doing more of this in the coming years
with retirement (or at least cutting back to part-time schedules) looming on the
At a recent TSCPA Leadership Day event in Dallas, the participants were asked to
assign a percentage to the impact others have on our success. For instance, one
participant said 50%--and he used marriage as an example, with it being a 50/50
deal. I, on the other hand, said that my success is impacted only 1% by others
or by those random things that just sometimes happen in life (like a flat tire
that causes you to be late for work). While I can’t control all that life
throws at me, and I certainly can’t control others thoughts or deeds, I can
control how I respond to those things and how they make me feel. Life is all
about choices, and while I’ve certainly made my share of bad ones, I’m committed
to choosing to be content where I am and with what I have—and that’s how I
Member is appointed to National CPA Financial
Tracy Stewart to serve on AICPA
Financial Literacy Commission.
The objectives of the
Financial Literacy Commission include:
Increase CPA’s awareness of America’s financial literacy crisis,
motivate CPAs to volunteer in personal finance education programs,
increase the public’s awareness of the need for personal finance
education and of the 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy effort
Motivate CPAs to volunteer in personal finance education
Increase the public’s awareness of the need for personal finance
education and of the 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy effort.
Identify, evaluate and recommend opportunities for state
societies, CPA firms and individual CPAs to partner with organizations
involved with financial literacy.
Coordinate and liaise with AICPA leadership, committees, AICPA
Foundation, State Society leadership and key accounting organizations.
Represent the AICPA’s 360 Degrees of
Financial Literacy efforts before the media, national organizations and
President of the Brazos Valley Chapter, has been appointed as Chair of
the TSCPA Professional Ethics Committee. Tom chairs a committee of
nineteen members from throughout the state.
TSCPA depends upon its Professional Ethics Committee to meet the
objective of its participation in the American Institute of CPAs’ Joint
Ethics Enforcement Program (JEEP). The common objective of both
organizations is to promote and maintain high professional standards of
practice by both TSCPA and AICPA members. The committee is comprised of
TSCPA member volunteers and has equally important proactive and reactive
committee assists TSCPA members in evaluating their responsibilities to the
public, their clients, their employers, and regulatory authorities and
communicates such responsibilities to targeted audiences. The committee promotes
understanding and voluntary compliance with Codes of Professional Conduct
developed by standard setting bodies.
CPAs and all
other persons are welcome to inquire and discuss matters of accountants’ rules
of conduct. Either call an ethics committee member directly or contact the TSCPA
inquiries and discussions are informal and confidential. Inquiries also may be
directed to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy’s Enforcement Division.
Committee members and the State Board will help CPAs and the public interpret
the rules, but they cannot offer binding conclusions about a CPA’s violation of
rules. Only after an investigation provides due process to the complainant and
the CPA can a rule violation conclusion be reached.
committee reviews complaints concerning the ethical behavior of TSCPA members
and acts upon such complaints in accordance with the JEEP procedures. Every
allegation of a CPA’s misconduct is thoroughly investigated to determine whether
disciplinary action is warranted. The committee encourages fairness,
impartiality, but vigorous enforcement of the Codes of Professional Conduct in
the interest of the public and the accounting profession. Violations of ethical
standards subject the CPA to disciplinary sanctions in the form of educational,
remedial, or punitive actions.
founding shareholder of Ingram, Wallis and Company, his extensive experience
including governmental units, privately held enterprises, estates, gifts and
trusts, Tom is an obvious choice to chair this important committee.
founding Ingram, Wallis, and Company, P.C., Tom was employed by Peat, Marwick,
Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG) and Durst, Wood & Ingram through 1979.
Bachelor’s of Business Administration and Masters of Business Administration
degrees from Texas A&M University. He is a member of the American Institute of
CPAs, The Texas Society of CPA’s, and the Brazos Valley Chapter of CPAs. Tom’s
community and professional service includes current or past service as president
of the Brazos Valley Chapter of CPAs, president Brazos County Industrial
Foundation, Inc., president St. Joseph Foundation and membership on various
boards and committees.
Lyn Kuciemba, Chapter
President, reports on
TSCPA Annual Meeting
Greetings Brazos Valley Members!
The TSCPA annual meeting
was held July 2-3, 2010 in San Diego, CA. The Brazos Valley was represented by
TSCPA Executive Board member Sandy Brown, TSCPA Director at-large Toni McBee,
TSCPA Treasurer-elect Tracy Stewart, Executive Director Linda Johnson, Chapter
President Lyn Kuciemba, Chapter Vice-President Rodney Horrell, and chapter
member Jared Patout.
Several times during
the two-day meeting members were encouraged to write to our congressman to ask
them to work on our behalf with the IRS to keep non-signing preparers from
having to register for PTINs. I hope everyone used the form letter and
congressional contact information the Chapter emailed to make their voice heard
on this important issue.
On Friday, TSCPA Past
Chairman, Kym Anderson, gave her Year in Review Report. Highlights from Kym’s
report included the Ask a Member program. Members can call or email when they
have a question outside of their expertise and receive timely informal
assistance from volunteers. The TSCPA formed the Federal Tax Policy Committee.
The committee responds to actual and proposed tax legislation, regulations and
administrative hearings that affect members. TSCPA membership increased by 731
members and we now number over 29,000. To learn more about Kym’s year in review
please see the May/June 2010 issue of Today’s CPA.
In a Profession
update, TSCPA CEO John Sharbaugh, related that the accounting profession is at
the top of several recent surveys on the most trusted profession. Top issues
for public accounting firms are client retention followed by staff retention.
In industry, companies are valuing their CFOs more than in the past.
The Friday meeting
concluded with the PAC awards. The Brazos Valley Chapter was awarded the
Highest Percent Increase in Members Contributing for a small chapter.
Congratulations to PAC Chair Jim Ingram IV and Immediate Past President Joe Dunn
for encouraging our members to contribute and thank you to our members who have
recognized the value the PAC plays in protecting our licenses.
On Saturday, those
present joined discussion groups. We discussed the current dues structure, the
frequency of Board of Directors meetings, CPE programming and how TSCPA can
better serve its members in business & industry. Don’t worry, TSCPA dues will
not increase any time soon. Input from these various discussion groups will
help guide TSCPA in the future.
Jeff Gregg, TSCPA
Chairman, presented his 2010-2011 “Year Ahead” report. Jeff’s theme is HOME or
Helping Our Members Everyday. Jeff revealed some of the things we can look
forward to, including more free CPE webcasts, more resource links for B&I
members, and more social networking opportunities. A survey was conducted of
members’ information technology needs, and a task force has been created to
determine if there’s a need for a TSCPA committee to address memberships IT
In a Legislative
Report, Bob Owen highlighted his expectations of the coming Texas Legislative
Session. The top issue will be redistricting, followed by a projected $18-$20
billion budget shortfall. In light of the projected budget shortfall, changes
to the Franchise Tax are not expected, so that revenue will not be affected.
To learn more about
the 2010-2011 Board of Directors meeting, follow the link
http://tscpa.org/Content/51093.aspx and log-in with your TSCPA user ID and
password, or contact one of the Chapter representatives listed earlier.