As the oldest state accounting organization in the country, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) holds an iconic place in the numbers realm. With 16 chapters spread out across the state, from the Adirondacks to Staten Island and of course, Manhattan, NYSSCPA has grown to 29,000 members over the course of its 110-year history.
"I've found the society to be a great value to myself as a professional," says Don Kiamie, who has been a NYSSCPA member for 20 years and currently serves on the group's real estate committee. "I don't think I could have gotten that value out of any other organization."
In the Beginning
Incorporated in 1897, the accounting society has long been a gathering place and point of reference for the state's accounting professionals, enabling them to network, share information, and stay informed of the latest and most important innovations in their field.
The group's mission states that it "seeks to cultivate, promote and disseminate knowledge and information concerning certified public accountants; to establish and maintain high standards of integrity, honor and character among certified public accountants; to furnish information regarding accountancy and the practice and methods thereof to its members and the general public; to protect the interests of its members and the general public with respect to the practice of accountancy."
It's a large-scale mission that's being met today by a professional staff of 80, a 42-member board of directors and 60 technical and administrative committees with hundreds of members.